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The WVD Log in process and Active Directory topologies explained

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Working at Microsoft as a Windows Virtual Desktop Global Black Belt, a couple of question that I often get asked is "what Active Directory topologies does Windows Virtual Desktop support?", and "how does the user login process work"? This article should hopefully answer both for you. The TL DR answer is that WVD does not impose any specific Active Directory topology requirements of its own, and will work in any supported topology that you have deployed.  However, there are some things that you need to consider when designing a WVD deployment. As it stands today, access into the Windows Virtual Desktop service and onto the WVD session host, requires authenticating firstly against Azure Active Directory (AAD) and secondly against either Active Directory (AD DS) or Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AAD DS). In addition, there is a service called the "Identity Matching" service that ensures that the actual user is the same person logging in at both p

Visually presenting Windows Virtual Desktop monitoring information in Power BI

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The question I get asked frequently is "how do I visualise Windows Virtual Desktop logging and monitoring information"? So a new PaaS role of Windows Virtual Desktop has been the new Diagnostics service, from which you can get a whole host of - well, diagnostics. As part of the Spring Release of Windows Virtual Desktop we have now made it easier to connect every Windows Virtual Desktop ARM object to three services for the storage of those diagnostics - more on that later. One of those three services: Log Analytics can be easily integrated with another service called Power BI for the visualisation of a whole host of data sources. The official Windows Virtual Desktop documentation on this is here . This article is broken down to three sections. Section 1 - how to create a Log Analytics Workspace. Section 2 - how to connect the Windows Virtual Desktop ARM objects to Log Analytics. This also has a                       growing collection of Kusto sample queries to help you o

Windows Virtual Desktop Spring Update enters Public Preview

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On the 30th of April the Spring Update of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) entered Public Preview. This means anyone can go to the Azure Portal and deploy a WVD Workspace and test the new capability. This article discusses the new updates and capabilities in this new update, as well as changes and other items you need to consider when deploying Spring Update WVD deployments. "Spring Update" First thing - the name, "Spring Update". WVD is now a first class Azure service (more on that below). Azure does not have versions. It is a platform that gets constant updates continually dropped in. This is the same with WVD. As such this is the set of updates being applied in the Spring. WVD receives many continuous updates, however major changes such as this shift to ARM are bundled into a larger periodical update. Expect future continuous updates to be dropped into platform in the future in a similar manner, with some larger updates getting some kind of seasonal naming.

How to deploy Linux in WVD when you can't deploy Linux in WVD

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In my role as a Windows Virtual Desktop Global Black Belt at Microsoft working with customers deploying WVD, I often get asked can we deploy Linux in WVD? The answer is no, but yes. The official answer is we don't support Linux. In fact, this is the official list of operating systems that we support: So how can you run Linux in WVD? Well this is a feature of Azure and Windows 10, not specifically WVD.

What are the top methods to deploy, expand or update a Windows Virtual Desktop Host Pool

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are seeing a significant increase in working from home, as well as massive demand for new Windows Virtual Desktop host pools where organisations are increasing the infrastructure footprint in order to support these additional users. You may well be being asked to either deploy new WVD Host pools or more likely expand host pools you already have with new Session Host VM's. You will also likely be considering, how do I update the Session host VM's in my host pool with new VM's after I update my image? We have a number of ways to deploy, expand and update WVD host pool, and this post simply brings those together into one place, to make it easy for you to make a choice of which one works best for you. This guide is split into three sections: Section 1 - Deploying a new host pool Section 2 - Expanding (scaling out) an existing host pool. Section 3 - Updating or replacing session hosts in an existing host pool. This lists t

How to deploy a Windows Virtual Desktop host pool using Infrastructure as code from Azure DevOps

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If like me you have come from an infrastructure background and always built servers, virtual machines etc. manually, then the thought of doing all that hard work via code does not always come naturally. Building out a gold image was a time intensive process with lots of manual steps plus deploying that at scale needed tools like Citrix MCS, or tools within the Hypervisor or others. But if you have done anything in the public cloud you will have heard of “Infrastructure as Code! and if you have done anything in Azure then you will likely have heard of Azure DevOps, which provides people to have continuous integration, testing and delivery, the ability to deploy code, or whole applications with the press of a button. But how can this apply to a Virtual Desktop capability when you are deploying hundreds or thousands of Azure IaaS VM's as part of a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment? Well not coming from a development background, but working at Microsoft as a Windows Vir

Create a corporate URL for the Windows Virtual Desktop Website, Part 2 Azure Front Door

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In Part one of this topic I showed how you could redirect a corporate URL to the WVD URL, so that your users would only need to remeber or bookmark a familar URL. That was using a few lines of code and an Azure Function app:  http://xenithit.blogspot.com/2020/02/create-corporate-url-for-windows.html This post shows how to acheive the same thing but using  Azure Front Door  to do so. To set this up in Azure Front Door then follow these steps. The first requirement is to have a Web App. If your just starting follow this simple guide and create yourself a free F1 App Service Plan. Once that is created copy the URL for your web and then you can now create your Azure Front Door and URL Redirect Rule. In Add a Resource in the Azure portal search for Front Door Click on Create, choose or create a Resource Group