Tag: Azure

Windows Virtual Desktop – Tips and Tricks – Publishing RDP

When you have your pool up and running, you might want to do some special stuff. For example, you might want to enable Mic + WebCam redirection: Set-RdsHostPool -TenantName <tenantName> -Name <hostpoolName> -CustomRdpProperty “audiocapturemode:i:1;camerastoredirect:s:*;” And there are a lot more options you can enable / disable check: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/rdp-files?context=/azure/virtual-desktop/context/context For example, disabling Copy/Paste and Printers, so […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop – Firewalls

When you deploy a new Pool, the VM’s in that pool will need access to some URLs and internal IP’s for the deployment to complete. First, the VM’s will be joined to your domain, meaning they will need the standard ports open to the domain controllers and DNS servers. Secondly, an agent is deployed that […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop – SSO

One the of most annoying things is passwords. And as you might know, Microsoft is on a quest to remove them: which includes you users access to WVD. But unfortunately this is only possible in certain architectures where you have your users authenticate to AAD using ADFS, have a backend (Windows 2008 or higher) PKI […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop – Expanding and renewing

Once you have your running WVD environment based on a template, you might run into the issue where you either need to expand your pool, or you need to update the running VM’s with new software based on a new or improved template. We’ve already discussed how to bring back your pre-Sysprepped image so you […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop – Profile Management with Azure files & FSLogix

When we deployed our WVD VM’s, these VM’s are basically Windows 10 VM’s that allow multiple users to login. When users login to pooled VM’s they can be redirected to any of the available VM’s in a pool, and ideally we want to ensure that the users’ profile is the same on all of those. […]

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Windows Virtual Desktop – Reusing your template VM

When working with Windows Virtual Desktop and custom images, you will notice that you need to sysprep your master image that makes it useless for the rest of the time. In my previous post I advised to create a pre-sysprep snapshot so we can re-use the same image without too much hassle. In this post, […]

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Azure Extended network (“L2” – ish connections)

In November 2019 at the Microsoft Ignite conference there was a demo on how to extend your on-premises network to Azure. While embedded in a regular Azure session, one might think this allows you to do a L2 extension of your network into an Azure network, its actually not. Yes, you can have overlapping subnets […]

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Delegated Windows Virtual Desktop Deployment

When deploying Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure you can use all the administrative credentials you can find as per the guide. But what if you are in a more “regular” environment where you don’t have “Domain Admin” and “Global Admin” permissions? In that case, you follow this post where we will look at who needs […]

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Highly Available Firewalls and Proxies in Azure

New and old technology usually don’t work well together. Trying to connect your Betamax video player to an OLED screen may be a challenge. It will work, but how? The same principle applies to traditional firewall setups in the cloud. With the virtualization of the networking stack not all features available in physical networks are […]

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Azure KeyVault BYOK

In a previous post I went into the cloud encryption architectures. One of the topics in the post was the use of your own keys in KeyVault. In this post I’ll go hands-on with an nCipher HSM that their team graciously gave me….. (ok I borrowed it and I have to give it back..) to […]

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