Scheduled Agent Updates in Azure Virtual Desktop

Scheduled Agents Updates AVD

Until now, there has been no options available to schedule when Azure Virtual Desktop Agent updates take place.  Now in preview is an option to set a weekly schedule that defines when agent updates can take place.  This video goes over what components make up the AVD agent and how updates take place.  We then review how to set a schedule for both validation and non-validation host pool environments.

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AZ-900 Core Azure Architectural Components Part 3

az-900 Azure Fundamentals

This is the third video in a series on the Azure AZ900, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam.  The AZ-900 is required for the Azure Fundamentals Microsoft Certification.  The video covers the skills measured “describe the core Azure architectural components” found under the section heading “Describe core Azure services”.  Topics include Management Groups, Subscriptions, Resource Groups, Regions, Paired Regions, Availability Zones, and ARM.  Keep an eye on the playlist for more videos to come.

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AZ-900 Describe Cloud Concepts, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Part 2

az-900 Azure Fundamentals

This is the second video in a series on the Azure AZ900, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam.  The AZ-900 is required for the Azure Fundamentals Microsoft Certification.  The video covers the skills measured “describe the differences between categories of cloud services” found under the section heading “Describe Cloud Concepts”.  Topics include IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS computing and the shared responsibility model.  Keep an eye on the playlist for more videos to come.

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Private Endpoints and DNS Part Deux: Azure Private DNS Zones

This is a second video on Azure Private Endpoints and DNS.  Previously, we reviewed options for DNS name resolution with Private Endpoint that included a forward lookup zone for the privatelink.file.windows.core.net zone. However, that option required manually adding hosts to the DNS zone.  This video reviews a hub-and-spoke configuration leveraging a forwarder server in Azure and conditional forwarding in Windows DNS.  Although slightly more complicated, this option does not require manually adding hosts to the DNS lookup zone.

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SMB Multichannel with Azure File Shares

Azure File Shares Premium support SMB multichannel, a way to improve throughput for applications and services.  This video goes over what it is and how it works.  It also goes over performance, network, and Azure VM considerations to help make the best of Azure Files premium.

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Windows 365 Enterprise: Requirements and Walkthrough

This post and video we cover requirements and an overview of how to configure and provision a Cloud PC with Windows 365 Enterprise.

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Azure Virtual Machine, Gen 1 or Gen 2?

Ever wonder why there are two virtual hardware versions for Azure VM’s, Generation 1 and Generation 2?  This video goes over the difference between them and when to us one over the other.  It goes on to demonstrate the differences when provisioning and changing the OS disk size on a VM.

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Shut Down Unused Session Hosts in a Windows Virtual Desktop Pooled or Personal Host Pool

WVD Function App

(UPDATED 6/17/2021 with code for multiple pooled and personal host pools) Azure Virtual Desktop (previously Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)) has a new option in preview that starts session hosts in a personal or pooled host pool when a user connects. It won’t, however, shut down the session hosts when the user logs out. The script outlined in this video will evaluate all running and available session hosts in a personal or pooled host pool and shut down and deallocate session hosts without an active connection.  Deallocating Session hosts while not in use can save money on compute costs.

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