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.Continue reading “Please Wait for the Windows Modules Installer”
The playlist below is a three-part video series that takes a user through the process of using Azure Image Builder to create a custom Windows 10 multi-user image. The first video starts with an overview and configuring a subscription for Azure Image Builder. The second video demonstrates creating and deploying a template and building an image based on that template. The third video walks through the steps to add software to the image in the build pipeline.Continue reading “Azure Image Builder Trilogy”
Hello Everyone, I have some exciting news to share. I published a new course on Udemy called Zero to Hero with Windows Virtual Desktop. This course has over 5 hours of all new content to get anyone with little to no experience with Windows Virtual Desktop up and running quickly. To celebrate the new course, I’m offering it at a special promotional price.
Zero to Hero with Windows Virtual Desktop is an introductory course for Windows Virtual Desktop that starts with the basics. What exactly is Windows Virtual desktop and the components that make up the service? We then move onto the prerequisites, those items that need to be in place for a successful Windows Virtual desktop deployment.Continue reading “Zero to Hero with Windows Virtual Desktop”
I am finally getting around to some hands-on with Azure Image Builder. More to come on that shortly. For now, I want to document my first issue for anyone who may experience the same problem. When creating the image builder template with the New-AzImageBuilderTemplate command, I got the following error message:
Az.ImageBuilder.internal\New-AzImageBuilderTemplate @PSBo …
The subscription is not registered to use namespace ‘Microsoft.VirtualMachineImages’. See https://aka.ms/rps-not-found for how to register subscriptions.
The error indicates that a required resource provider, Microsfot.VirtualMachineImages in this instance, is not registered. The provider can be registered with PowerShell or through the portal. Below are the steps for each.
From the portal, go to your Subscription, then find Resource Providers under Settings.
Search for the resource provider Microsoft.VirtualMachineImages. Notice the status is Not Registered. Click the Register button in the portal to register the resource provider.
To register a provider from PowerShell, log into Azure with rights to register a resource provider, such as subscription admin. Next, use the Register-AzResourceProvider command below to register the provider.
Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.VirtualMachineImages
The provider will go to a state of registering. It could take a few minutes for the service to register.
From PowerShell, use the command Get-AzResourceProvider to verify the status.
Get-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.VirtualMachineImages
Once finished, the resource provider changes to the Registered status.
The New-AzImageBuilderTemplate should run now without an error.
In this video, we go over enabling Multi-factor Authentication, or MFA, for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Spring Update, or ARM. We use an Azure AD Conditional Access Policy to enforce MFA on a group of users. We also set an MFA Trusted IP address to exclude a public IP source from the MFA Policy.Continue reading “Enable MFA for WVD ARM”
In this video, we deploy an Azure Recovery Services Vault to back up an Azure File share. Protecting data is critical. Azure Storage accounts offer data resiliency, but replicating copies of the data inside a data center, region or across regions. Replication provides real-time protection, but there is no way to recover a previous version of the data. This capability is critical with Azure File Shares, especially when storing user data such FSLogix Profiles. Azure Backup provides the ability to restore previous versions using Azure Storage Snapshots to create and manage Azure File recovery points.
To learn more about Azure Storage Accounts:
To learn more about Azure SMB Shares with Azure Files:
In this video, I walk through setting up the Azure Monitor solution for Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update. The video starts by setting up a Log Analytics workspace, then adding the Session Hosts to send performance data to the Log Analytics Workspace. After that, Azure Diagnostic data is configuring to send data to Log Analytics. Lastly, the Workbook available from Microsoft is deployed to view WVD performance and session information.Continue reading “Monitoring Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update with Log Analytics”
This video goes over two Azure IP addresses used for Azure VM’s. The WireServer IP of 220.127.116.11 and the Azure Instance Metadata Service (IMDS) IP address 169.254.169.254. In the video, I go over what each is used for and then give a demonstration on using the WireServer IP address to query DNS. After that, I use the IMDS REST Endpoint to pull metadata including the Azure environment and scheduled events.Continue reading “Two Azure IP Addresses You Need to Know About”