Announcing Windows 365!

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Microsoft announced Windows 365 this week at Inspire.  With this announcement comes a new way to deliver remote desktops as a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform built on Azure Virtual Desktop and is a significant addition to virtual desktop options in Azure.  There is a limited amount of information available about windows 365; in this post and accompanying video, we’ll break down what it is and how it differs from Azure Virtual Desktop.  Keep in mind that this is a new service, the information available may not be complete and change once Windows 365 is available.

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Getting Started with Azure AD App Proxy

Azure AD App Proxy

Azure AD Application Proxy provides a simple, secure, and cost-effective way for remote access to on-premises websites and web-based applications.  This video starts with an overview of how App Proxy works and then provides a tutorial on configuring the service with basic Azure AD authentication.

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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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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 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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