My Experience with the AZ-140 Exam


I had the pleasure of taking the new AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure beta exam this morning.  I thought I would take a few minutes to write up my experience with the exam.  Before we get started, if you are looking for a brain dump or specific questions and answers, you won’t find that here. 

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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


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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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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