Ever since we started working on the Virtual Machine (VM) platform in Azure, there has been one feature request that we consistently hear customers asking for us to build. I don’t think words can describe how excited we are to announce that today we are launching the public preview of Serial Console access for both Linux and Windows VMs.
Managing and running virtual machines can be hard. We offer extensive tools to help you manage and secure your VMs, including patching management, configuration management, agent-based scripting, automation, SSH/RDP connectivity, and support for DevOps tooling like Ansible, Chef, and Puppet. However, we have learned from many of you that sometimes this isn’t enough to diagnose and fix issues. Maybe a change you made resulted in an fstab error on Linux and you cannot connect to fix it. Maybe a bcdedit change you made pushed Windows into a weird boot state. Now, you can debug both with direct serial-based access and fix these issues with the tiniest of effort. It's like having a keyboard plugged into the server in our datacenter but in the comfort of your office or home.