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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Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Now GA! Overview and Walk Through

In this video, I go over the basics of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and why an organization may be interested in using it.  I compare WVD to Remote Desktop Services (RDS), outlining the major differences.  After that, I give a tutorial on configuring permissions for WVD into Azure AD, install the PowerShell Modules and then setup the Tenant.  Once that’s in place, I deploy a WVD host pool from the Azure Marketplace and log in with the HTML5 client. 

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Channel Update and Azure Exam Study Tips

I recently started an Azure 101 playlist.  The idea was to occasionally post videos for people new to Azure.  I think the content was pretty good, but the video didn’t get much traction.  Recently I was reviewing requirements for Azure Certifications and realized that there was a lot of parallels to the Azure 101 playlist and the AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Exam. 

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Reserved Instances in Azure

Azure Reserved Instance

Reserved Instances offer significant savings for IaaS Servers, SQL Databases, Cosmos DB and other Azure and third party services.  I have mentioned Reserved Instance in a couple other videos and posts. One on Saving money in Azure and once on Azure Cost Management.  LINKS. This article and the accompanying video go into details on how Azure Reserved Instances worth.

Video version, including a demo can be found below.

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