High Performance at a Low Price for WVD

In this post and accompanying video, we go over the benefits and considerations of using ephemeral disks with Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Session Hosts.  We review the performance improvements as well as limitations that come with ephemeral disks, including the inability to deallocate Session Hosts.  Next, we examine Azure Reserved Instances and how they can be used to keep the cost of Session Hosts down without using an auto scale solution.

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Starting Lab Computers with Stream Deck, a Webhook, and an Azure PowerShell Function

This video is a step-by-step introduction for using an Elgato Stream Deck to send a Webhook that starts or stops computers in Azure based on their tag settings.  We go over creating the Azure Function App, setting up system assigned identities and creating a custom RBAC role in Azure to grant the identity permissions to the subscription.  Then we configure the start stop function to use values passed in from the web hook to start or stop the computers.  Finally, we configure the Elgato Stream Deck with start and stop buttons that control the lab.

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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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