Automatically Start and Stop WVD VM’s with Azure Automation

One value proposition of any cloud service is consumption-based pricing, only paying for services when used.  Consumption-based pricing is an advantage of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), Microsoft Azure-hosted remote desktop service.  Or at least it would be if there was an easy way to start and stop session hosts based on demand.

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Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Load Balancing

In this video, I go over the two options for WVD Load Balancing, Depth-First and Breadth-First.  I also demonstrate how each distributes new connections and how to change Load Balancing options and set the maximum number of connections per session host.

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Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Load Balancing and Remote Application

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

This is the second video in a series on setting up the new Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop service (WVD).  I start by going over some key concepts and terms needed to understand WVD.  Next, I cover the different options for load balancing in WVD and give a demo on how to configure each.  After that, I go over requirements of configuring users for accessing remote applications with a step-by-step walkthrough on adding applications to Remote Apps.

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Remote Desktop Services in Azure

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to implement Remote Desktop Services in Azure.  The strategy of this project was to go beyond a “lift and shift” mentality of an RDS deployment to an infrastructure that will scale on demand and provide for rapid deployment of new resources as needed.  In this post I give a high-level view of the RDS services deployed and the Azure services used to support them.

Running RDS in Azure provides a high degree of availability compared to hosting in a conventional data center.  For example, Azure has native features such as Availably Sets and Load Balancing services to limit interruptions from planned and unplanned outages.  Azure also has network resilience built in.  Hosting a reliable externally available RDS environment on-premises requires redundant internet connections, BGP and underlying Routing and Switching infrastructure.  In Azure, simply provision an external IP and the rest is built in. Continue reading “Remote Desktop Services in Azure”