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Reassign a WVD Personal Session Host

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 I get asked all the time "how do I re-assign a personal session host in WVD"? The official answer is you don't. However, this can be easily achieved. The steps below are currently: the quickest way to achieve this. configured all in one place via the Azure portal, using a little used feature. does not require a reboot. These simple steps will get the registration token, remove the session host from the host pool, then update the registry with the required settings and force the re-registration of the session host with the WVD control plane, by restarting the specific responsible service. If you have done anything with WVD to this point, you will be aware there are two types of host pools: Pooled - designed for a multi-session OS and any user can login to any VM in the pool. Personal - designed for a single session OS and the Session hosts are assigned, either automatically as a user connects or they can be directly assigned ahead of time. Once assigned that VM is dedicat

Windows Virtual Desktop - Stop VM on Command

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We have recently announced the preview of a new feature in Windows Virtual Desktop allowing users to start their deallocated personal VM, more info is available in this blog post , and the announcment is here This allows users to power on the VM at just the time they need it. It also enables IT to reduce costs as much as possible as it is only powered on at the time the end user needs it. But how do you get the VM into a deallocated state in like manner, i.e. how can a user power off their VM? We do have an existing autoscaling tool, but that only supports pooled host pools today. We do have an "autoscaling service" under development which will bring support for personal host pools. There are other options available in Azure, such as each VM's Auto-Shutdown feature in VM section of the portal: However, this is set per VM, it also will just shut down the VM at the set time regardless of whether a user is still using this VM, or if they logged of at 6 PM meaning a waster ho

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.