Update with Breadth-First! Auto Scale Session Hosts in Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update (ARM) with Azure Function

I am excited to announce a significant update to the Auto Start and Stop script for WVD.  This update adds a new option that works with the peak time settings to change the load balancing type from Depth-First to Breadth-First.  When used, it also starts all available session hosts during peak time to accommodate the user load. 

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Azure Automanage now in Public Preview

In this post and accompanying video, we go over Azure Automanage.  Automanage is an Azure solution to automate management of IaaS servers within the Cloud Adoption Frameworks best practices.  This post gives an overview of the services.  The video reviews the service and provides a demonstration of on-boarding a server.  After that, we go on to review settings on a server that is part of Azure Automanage.

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Azure Cost Management Course at Skylines Academy

I am excited to announce my new course available at Skylines Academy on Azure Cost Management.  This course is for anyone starting out with Azure or those who need to get a better understanding of their organizations azure cost.  Please see the link below for more information on the course.

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Please Wait for the Windows Modules Installer

I do not like to wait; who does?  So, getting a ten-minute delay logging into VM’s with the message “Please Wait for the Windows Modules Installer” was frustrating.  There is a way to speed this up, and that is what this post is about.  In this post and accompanying video, I show you how to bypass this message when creating a custom image, including with Azure Image Builder.

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Azure Monitor for WVD in Public Preview

WVD and Azure Monitor

Azure Monitor for WVD is now in public preview.  This is a great option for monitoring Windows Virtual Desktop performance, capacity and client experience. With integration into Azure Monitor, collecting and viewing performance data is now easier than ever.

In this video, we go over configuring Azure Monitor Insights for WVD and do a quick review of the data collected.

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WVD Session Host Status “Shutdown”

WVD

A recent change took place in WVD host pools that cause an issue with the scale Host Pool VMs script I created.  Before the change, a shutdown Session Host would report as “Unavailable” in the Session Hosts status on the Host Pool.  Unavailable indicates that the agent was not reporting to WVD. 

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Azure AD Administrative Units

Azure AD Administrative Units

In this video, I go over Azure AD Administrative Units.  Azure AD Administrative units are a way to delegate admirative tasks to a subset of Azure AD users.  We review how to create Admin Units and how to add users and groups to an Administrative Unit. We also delegate administrative rights to a user to on an Administrative Unit.

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