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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Deploy Azure AD Domain Service and Join a Server to the Domain

In this video, I go over deploying Azure AD and configuring replication with an on-premises Windows Active Directory domain and Azure Active Directory.  I review deployment options and how to synchronize passwords from Windows and Azure directory services.  A server is deployed and joined to the Azure AD Domain Services domain and users source from Azure AD and Windows AD log in using same sign-on credentials.

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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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Redeploy an Azure VM

Redeploy

In this video I reviews the Redeploy tool for Azure IaaS VM’s.  I give an overview of what the tool is used for and then a demo on how to run Redeploy against Windows and Linux VM’s through the Portal and using PowerShell and the Azure Cloud Shell.  This Video is for anyone who administrates Azure VM’s or interested in taking the AZ-103 certification 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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