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Windows Virtual Desktop - Start VM on Connect

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Start VM on Connect entered public preview on March 31 2021 . Start VM on Connect does exactly what it says on the tin. It will start a deallocated (powered off from the hypervisor) or start a stopped (powered off from the OS) Azure VM, natively from within the WVD clients.  The purpose besides the obvious of powering on the VM, is to achieve the maximum cost savings by keeping the VM deallocated, where the compute charges for the VM are not charged, for as much of the time as possible. Prior to this capability, IT could use the WVD Autoscaling tool , or Azure Automation to power on VM's at a time that IT predicts users will need it. So, for example, they may power on VM's at 08:30 for a 09:00 start.  That however incurs 30 minutes of charges when the VM is powered on but not in use. However, what if the user is late or having a half day or is in fact not working at all that day. Then that increases those charges. Likewise, what if the user starts early, before the 08:30 start?

MSIX App Attach - the future of application delivery, a sneak peek of the upcoming Azure portal integration

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At the time of writing this, the ability to manage MSIX App Attach inside the Azure portal is in internal testing, what we refer to as dogfooding. This is a sneak peek at this new capability. The public preview will be starting shortly, look out for further announcements on this, the screen shots below, are not yet available in the Azure portal, but show you the user experience you will have when the preview commences. The underlying capability of MSIX App Attach itself has been in preview for some time but it required using only PowerShell scripts to achieve the management, and many customers were explaining that this was a little cumbersome and problematic. What we will be announcing shortly is the public preview of the consolidation of the management natively inside the Windows Virtual Desktop hub in the Azure portal. This brings the App Attach capability to the same place where you already manage the Windows Virtual Desktop objects. "MSIX App Attach - the future of dynamic  ap

How to power on your Windows Virtual Desktop personal VM from the comfort of your bed.

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What's you're morning routine? Wake up, rub eyes, grab phone, read news. Do you start your Windows Virtual Desktop Session host from that phone?  - No? Well now you can. The Microsoft Cloud service gives you many services that you can make full use of, and many you can combine together to provide combined capability not previously possible. Windows Virtual Desktop is our Virtual Desktop service running on Azure. Azure provides the capability to only pay per second that the Virtual Desktop is actually powered on, allowing you to reduce your costs and guarantee you are not paying for the VM when it's not in use. We can also use a variety of other Microsoft Cloud services to do this. What's the use case here?

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

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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

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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

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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.......

How to Shadow across multiple host pools and multiple users

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* **Update 07/07/2020** The below multi host pool, multi user shadowing tool now supports both Spring and Fall Releases in the same tool. The updated tool is available here:  https://github.com/GarryDown/WVD-Shadowing/tree/master/Spring%20Edition * I get a lot of customer questions about how to shadow user sessions in Windows Virtual Desktop, and so I started listing the various options on Twitter and LinkedIn. #WVD Tip - (well reminder!) Do you need to shadow another WVD session? We have a cmd for that: mstsc.exe /v:<VMName> or <IP> /shadow:<sessionID> /noconsentPrompt #WindowsVirtualDesktop — Tom Hickling (@tomhickling) June 17, 2020   #WVD Tip – How to shadow option 2. Do you need to shadow another WVD session? We have an app for that: "Quick Assist" #WindowsVirtualDesktop @wvdcommunity pic.twitter.com/J9gphJl7R2 — Tom Hickling (@tomhickling) June 20, 2020 These options all work fine, but they all require you as the admin to go into the tooling and