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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Use PowerShell to Create a Snapshot Based Image of an Azure Virtual Machine

PowerShell Image Snapshot

This video goes of using the SnapImage.ps1 PowerShell script.  This script automates the process of creating an image from an Azure VM without destroying it during the capture process.  At a high-level, the following steps are taken:

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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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Private Endpoints with Azure Storage File Shares

Azure services are publicly available over the internet by default.  That works for many services, but sometimes we need to limit access to internal networks only.  Private Endpoints provide a local, internal connection to resources in Azure.  It does this by adding a virtual NIC to a subnet.  From there, the NIC gets a private IP address where it can be accessed from the internal network.  This video goes over the configuration options to create a new storage account with an Azure File Share Private Endpoint as well as update an existing storage account with a private endpoint.

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Private Endpoints and DNS in Azure

Private Endpoints and DNS in Azure

Private Endpoint

Private Endpoints in Azure provide a secure way to access resources over the private, internal network.  But the options for configuring DNS for Private Endpoints is not as straight forward.  This video goes over the options available for DNS with Private Endpoints.  We start by crating a storage account with a Private Endpoint, the review the default DNS configuration.  We look at The WireServer and how it can be used with a Conditional Forwarder as well as using Forward Lookup Zones for name resolution.

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Autoscale with Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Scaling Plans

AVD

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) now has an integrated session host scaling solution built into the portal.  This video goes over how to configure the custom role required for autoscale, then create a scaling plan and schedule and assign it to a host pool.

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Azure Virtual Desktop; “The sign-in method you’re using isn’t allowed”

ADV

Azure Virtual Desktop now has the option to join session hosts to Azure AD in addition to Windows AD and Azure AD Domain Services.  I got the error message below while logging in.

“The sign-in method you’re using isn’t allowed.  Try a different sign-in method or contact your system administrator.”

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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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