22 votesAntony Gibbs commented
This is possible on Hyper-V deployments from American localisation using unattend xml, but the ARM provision for this does not provide access to the relevant sections.
Globally, the US would represent a minority market, so providing this feature would be listening to the majority of your customers.
141 votesunder review · AdminAzure IaaS Engineering Team (Azure IaaS Engineering Team, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure) responded
This is something that we are reviewing to determine when we can support the functionality.Antony Gibbs commented
+3 - This is critical for our global organisation of 40,000+ employees. We are looking to leverage Cloud in a big way, and currently have a program of zero-clients connecting to Azure-provisioned VMs, but by 'deallocating' these machines, we can effectively reduce costs by approximately 65-70% for compute. This feature - hibernating a VM and having the resources deallocate - is critical to the success of this adoption, as sometimes it can take a half-hour to get a VM back to the position it was in before being shut down the night before, which equates to lost productivity, and frustration for employees.
Custom tags and service tags for Azure public services have been included in our planning. NSG rule grouping has been delivered. Custom tags for explicit IPs is a roadmap item for now.