Azure Container Instances

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  1. Virtual Network Integration

    I love the idea of ACI for our variable container workloads. But before that can happen I need the ability to restrict them to a particular VNet so we don't have to expose other services the container needs to communicate with.

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    • Cache the downloaded container image in the Container Instances (preview)

      Each time I start a new container, the image is pulled from the repository. Even if I start 10 times the same image. I would like to have the image cached (maybe on the resource group level) so that I only get the penalty of pull once.

      31 votes
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      • Want to support running Windows Server 1709 (and later) image

        Currently, Azure Container Instances cannot running Windows Server 1709 container image, because running Windows Server 2016 on Azure Container Instances. (I guess that.)

        Microsoft said 1709 not supported on Win2016 of Host OS ver as follows:
        * https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/windowscontainers/deploy-containers/version-compatibility

        My feedback: I want to choose Semi-Annual Channe version's host in Azure Container Instances.

        Semi-Annual Channe is so nice solution for cloud platform because faster update, include more feature, lightweight images. However some customers want to solid OS like as LTSC. So that. I want to choose both version's host.

        Why 1709? 1709's image is more lightweight than LTSC and other Windows…

        27 votes
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        • add a restart container button

          Having the ability to restart a container would be great. Same sort of functionality as is currently exposed for VMs.

          21 votes
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          • Allow an ACI container to update itself when the image is updated

            This scenario is currently not supported and an update requires the container to be deleted (which forces an IP. Address change)

            19 votes
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            • Support auto-delete of ACI when container exits normally

              When an ACI container exits normally and the restart-policy is Never you should automatically delete the ACI. Currently it sticks around with a status of Terminated.

              In my scenario I want to spin up ACI's to drain an Azure queue. When the queue is empty my ACI workers will exit and I do not want to have to go and clean up the ACI remnants afterwards. They should cleanly remove themselves as if they never existed.

              This can be an option if there are scenarios where this is undesirable.

              7 votes
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              • Service is too expensive, even for a 1gb. for 24x7 it's cheaper to provision a VM.

                Service is too expensive, even for a 1gb. for 24x7 it's cheaper to provision a VM.

                7 votes
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                  Thanks for this feedback, the service is still in preview so we’re all ears as we continue improving the service. ACI is not intended to be a replacement for VMs, but instead another tool for you to provide compute to diverse workloads such as batch or bursting scenarios.

                • Support for port mapping

                  In docker we can map ports as
                  docker run -d -p 80:8080 foo/bar
                  This is super helpful for cases where the container has fixed code to listen to some port like say 8080 but you want to expose that at a different port on the container.
                  I do not see that option in the CLI. There should be something like
                  az container create --ports 80:8080

                  5 votes
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                  • Allow creating multiple mounts from the same volume

                    Currently ACI requires to have distinct volumes for each mounts which is not convenient since in case of Azure Files it requires creating a number of Azure Storage Shares.

                    It would be great to mount the different volume paths like that:

                    ```
                    {
                    "volumeMounts: [{
                    "name": "myVolume",
                    "mountPath": "/var/lib/waagent/"
                    "volumePath": "/waagent/"
                    },{
                    "name": "myVolume",
                    "mountPath": "/etc/path/"
                    "volumePath": "/path/"
                    }]
                    }
                    ```

                    5 votes
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                    • Allow 'direct' connections between ACI & Azure Database for PostgreSQL

                      Make it possible to have a 'direct' connection between Azure Databae for PostgreSQL and ACI, zo dat there is no need for public ip adresses.

                      This would also make it possible to have a more secure trust, based on ip, between the private instance(s) of the customer.

                      5 votes
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                      • Use the same exposed public ip for outbound traffic start from the containergroup

                        I have some question related to the Public IP used by container group create from Azure Container Instance. Actually the container group can expose public ip (set ipAddress.type = “Public”) which is used to access from external, but for the traffic start from the container group I found it does use the assigned exposed public ip. I’d like to check if possible to using the same exposed public ip for the outbound traffic starting from the container group ? if not, how the outbound traffic public ip is assigned to the container group ? Thanks previously for your kindly response.

                        4 votes
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                        • Run docker-machine in an Azure Container Instance

                          Docker-machine is the easiest tool for creating containers to be pushed to ACR. Especially for large images, since push requires an ACR login, if you push the image from your local machine, that may timeout before the push is complete. Since the Docker Machine sits in the Azure network, this problem goes away. Currently docker-machine has an Azure driver but that creates a VM which has to be managed and monitored like any other virtual machine (updates, security, etc, etc). It would be great if Azure had a driver for docker-machine that created it as an ACI! That way it…

                          4 votes
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                          • Access docker.sock inside container instance

                            This is more a matter than an idea. My question is if it is possible to access docker.sock on a container instance inside a container group.
                            In my specific case I need the docker.sock so that Traefik (https://traefik.io/) can discover the remaining instances.
                            Any suggestions and ideias would be nice :)

                            3 votes
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                            • ACI support for privileged container

                              Make possible to lauch contaner in privilege mode to allow loading of kernel modules and other feautures.

                              3 votes
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                              • EventGrid notification when ACI container stops

                                I'd like to be notified when my container (group) terminates. An event grid notification would be ideal. It should include the exit code as part of the payload

                                3 votes
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                                • Allow scaling number of containers in container group

                                  Currently It's possible to add new containers in container group via incremental deployments, but it's not possible to remove containers from group afterwards.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Improve filesystem speed

                                    While it's a pure container service and everything should be mastered up front, many off-the-shelf containers (jenkins) do an initial setup that can be quite time consuming on slower infrastructure.

                                    It would be nice if ACS had faster disk access just to ensure reliable behaviour.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Support ACI in Australian Regions

                                      When should we expect to see Australian support for ACI in East and South East regions?

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Support AD integration for container instances

                                        Support AD integration for container instances (so apps can windows auth)

                                        What we would like to do, ultimately, is spin up containers on the fly to run TFS/VSTS Builds and then destroy them when done. We are getting close using VM's which start and stop, but there's a dependency on our TFS 2015 infrastructure which needs to use Windows authentication to register the agent. (Because it's TFS 2015 we can't use PAT token)

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                                        • Mount ACI file share volumes as read-only

                                          Would like to create read-only volumes. Would be useful in conjunction with mounting subpaths within a share, so I could mount one folder as read-only input, and another folder as an output area.

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