Auto Start and Stop Session Hosts in Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update (ARM) Edition with an Azure Function

I am happy to release an update to my Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Start-Stop script for Windows Virtual Desktop updated for Spring 2020, or “WVD ARM.”  This script uses an Azure Function to starts and stops WVD Session hosts in a host pool based on the user load. 

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Use Splunk to Collect Logs from Office 365 and Azure AD

Microsoft has a lot of options to view Azure log data in one form or another. There is the Security Center, Azure Sentinel, Log Analytics, and Insights.  This is fine for an Azure centric organization, but many organizations already have log collection systems in place such as Splunk, and using multiple logging platforms is not efficient.  This article walks through sending Azure AD and Office 365 logs to Splunk.

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Site-to-Site Azure VPN with a Windows RRAS Server

Azure S2S VPN

This video shows how I created a VPN connection between my home lab and Azure Subscription.  I used a Routing and Remote Access role on a Windows Server 2019 as the local endpoint.  This provides the ability to setup a VPN connection without special firewall hardware.  This is useful for home labs and small offices that need connectivity to an Azure subscription.  It also is helpful to walk through the setup to prepare for Azure certifications such as the AZ-103.

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New! Azure Spot Virtual Machine

Azure Spot VM
Azure Spot VM

Azure Spot Virtual Machines are an IaaS server option offered at a deep discount compared to pay-as-you-go and Reserved Instance pricing.  This video walks through deploying the new Azure Spot VM’s with the Azure Portal.  The video also gives an overview of what Azure Spot VM instances are and some considerations to using them. 

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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 Service Principal Deployment!

In this video, I walk through creating a Service Principal using PowerShell and assigning it the role of Windows Virtual Desktop Owner.  Once created, I use the new Azure AD Application Service Principal to deploy a host pool using the Portal.

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