Shut Down Unused Session Hosts in a Windows Virtual Desktop Personal Host Pool

WVD Function App

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) has a new option in public preview that starts Session Hosts in a Personal Host Pool when a user connects.  It won’t, however, shut down the Session Hosts when the user logs out.  The script outlined in this post and accompanying video will evaluate all running and available Session Hosts in a Personal Host Pool and shut down Session Hosts without an active connection.

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Image Builder and WVD Session Hosts with One Azure DevOps Pipeline

This video picks up where the last two DevOps videos left off.  We use one Azure DevOps Pipeline and multiple jobs to build an updated image with Azure Image Builder, then deploy new Virtual Machines, Windows Virtual Desktop Session Hosts in this example, with the updated image.  We also go over addressing Image Builder failures in the DevOps pipeline.

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High Performance at a Low Price for WVD

In this post and accompanying video, we go over the benefits and considerations of using ephemeral disks with Azure Windows Virtual Desktop Session Hosts.  We review the performance improvements as well as limitations that come with ephemeral disks, including the inability to deallocate Session Hosts.  Next, we examine Azure Reserved Instances and how they can be used to keep the cost of Session Hosts down without using an auto scale solution.

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Enable MFA for WVD ARM

WVD

In this video, we go over enabling Multi-factor Authentication, or MFA, for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Spring Update, or ARM.  We use an Azure AD Conditional Access Policy to enforce MFA on a group of users.  We also set an MFA Trusted IP address to exclude a public IP source from the MFA Policy.

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Windows Virtual Desktop Email Discovery

In this video, I show you how to configure Email Feed Discovery for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).  Email Feed Discovery allows users to setup the Remote Desktop Client with their email address instead of the WVD Feed URL.

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