Showing posts from July, 2020

Windows Virtual Desktop "Spring Update" enters general availability and gets a name change

On the 27th of July  2020  a new set of capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) entered general availability. This means anyone can go to the Azure Portal and deploy production Windows Virtual Desktop and deliver Virtual Desktops from the Cloud. This set of new features and capabilities during the public preview were referred to as the “Spring 2020 Update”. As part of this update this set of capabilities is now referred to as just “ Windows Virtual Desktop ”, whilst the original version, that was known as “Fall 2019 Release” is now referred to as “ Windows Virtual Desktop Classic ”.

How to create delegated admin for Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure

Most organisations will have some form of delegated administration for their on-premises Virtual Desktop estate. Likewise most organisations doing anything in Azure will also have delegation to enable different administrators access to just the services they need to see from within the Azure Portal This is all made possible through the Azure Role Based Access Control Service . One of the main benefits of the Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update being integrated with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is that you can now apply RBAC against all of the Windows Virtual Desktop objects. This allows you to set granular access permissions that align with your administrative set-up in any format that works for your organisation - be that specific object, technology, business unit or project based.

How to deploy Windows Subsytem for Linux 2 with WVD

In a previous blog  I showed how you could use Linux in Windows Virtual Desktop when we don't actually support Linux hosts. This is possible by deploying "Nested Virtualisation" which is available on certain Azure Virtual Machines.  This then allows you to run Hyper-V on your Azure VM. Inside Hyper-V you can then run any other "nested" VM, including a Linux distro. You can also run the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This allows you to interact with the VM through the locally installed Linux distro from within Windows. With the release of the Windows 2004 release we have also released Windows Subsystem version 2. More information in WSL2 is available in this announcement blog So how do you enable WSL2 from within Windows Virtual Desktop? - Read on.......