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How to shadow an active user session in Windows Virtual Desktop via Remote Desktop Connection (MSTC)

During our session last week during the “Microsoft meets Community : Windows Virtual Desktop – second edition:” event, I briefly mentioned the possibilities of shadowing an active user session in Windows Virtual Desktop, if you are interested, you can watch the demo over here. In this blog I want to go into more detail about which steps are required before you can shadow an active user session in...

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Microsoft meets Community WVD event – Our session follow up

On September, 30 2020, Gertjan Jongeneel and I presented a session with the title ‘Sharing everything you want to know about Windows Virtual Desktop – Notes from the field’ at the ‘Microsoft meets Community : Windows Virtual Desktop’ event second edition! This is a free community event organized for Microsoft customers and partners where with expert speakers to share news, insights, and...

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How to deliver a GPU powered Azure VM (example for CAD applications) with Windows Virtual Desktop

It’s not uncommon for customers to ask for the possibilities to deliver a GPU (graphics processing unit) powered desktop with Windows Virtual Desktop. If employees have to work with multimedia enabled applications, you can hardly do without it. Or for example, a construction company that wants to deliver the Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk InfraWorks CAD applications.

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How to implement FSLogix Profile container using Azure Files and Active Directory authentication for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

With FSLogix Profile container you can maintain user context (for example application settings) in non-persistent environments like within a Pooled Windows Virtual Desktop Host pool. It will optimize the sign-in time for the end user because the user profiles are stored in VHD(X) file that is mounted to the concerning Session host VM every time the user signs in and therefor nothing has to be...

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How to get the Windows Virtual Desktop – Remote Desktop client for Windows – Insider version

Just like with the rapid development of Windows Virtual Desktop itself, the Remote Desktop client for Windows also get at least an update every month. Microsoft keeps a good record of what’s new with every new version, you can find here. Beside a 32-bit and a 64-bit version, you also have the Public and an Insider version. The Insider version is intent for testing upcoming features before...

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How to publish the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables the IT administrator to remotely manage the (local) domain with tools like “Active Directory Users and Computers”, “DNS” and “Group Policy Management”. You can install RSAT locally on a Windows device, but to use the tools, you still need to be connected to the local network or, if you are working remotely, setup a VPN connection first.

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How to change the default Windows Virtual Desktop “SessionDesktop” name to a more friendly one with PowerShell or GUI

When you create a new Windows Virtual Desktop Host pool, a default “Desktop Application Group” (DAG) will be created for you. When you assign a user or an Azure AD Security group to this Desktop group, the user(s) will see a desktop icon appear in their Remote Desktop client with the name “SessionDesktop”. You can easily change this name to a more friendly name with PowerShell or the GUI, as I...

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Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) – Image Management : How to manage and deploy custom images (including versioning) with the Azure Shared Image Gallery (SIG)

A lot of questions I receive about Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) are about Image Management. Questions like; How can I create a custom image and apply updates on it? What about versioning and the possibility to rollback an image version? All these functions are available with Windows Virtual Desktop, together with the Azure Shared Image Gallery (SIG). In this blog I will show you step-by-step how...

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How to install and configure Microsoft Teams (Public Preview) for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Recently, Microsoft released the Public Preview of Microsoft Teams for Windows Virtual Desktop environments. With the new media optimizations included in this version of Microsoft Teams for Windows Virtual Desktop, a local connection will be made between users for audio and video redirection while the application itself is running in the Windows Virtual Desktop environment. This will give end...

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How to deploy and manage Windows Virtual Desktop “Spring Release”

After a long wait the next version of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now in public preview. This next version is also known as “WVDv2” and “Spring Release” and there are a lot of changes since the first GA release back in 2019 of WVD. To begin, it is now fully integrated with the Microsoft Azure portal, meaning, there is now an official supported management UI, you can now assign applications...

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How to create an Azure Service Principal for use with Windows Virtual Desktop AND Azure ARM Templates, like the ARM Template to Update an existing Windows Virtual Desktop hostpool

Some time ago, I wrote a blog about How to provision a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Host Pool with Service Principal in the case that MFA is enabled for (every) user/admin in the Azure environment and you cannot provision a Windows Virtual Desktop hostpool. And this was working fine when provisioning a new Windows Virtual Desktop host pool via the “Windows Virtual Desktop – Provision a host...

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How to configure automatic Contact Syncing from Microsoft Outlook to the native Contacts App including Contact Fields filtering on iOS and Android BYOD devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

After companies apply Mobile Application Management (MAM) / App Protection Policies to their employees’ mobile devices, and forced them to use the Managed Outlook app instead of the native mail application, one of the most frequently asked questions are “how can I see who’s calling me?” and “where are my contacts? I don’t see them in my native contacts app”. This has everything to do with...

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About Robin Hobo

I am a Technology Specialist working for Microsoft with focus on the Modern Workplace. I am specialized in Microsoft Intune, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365, Windows 11 and Azure AD. Also interested in mental health, NLP and personal development.

For more information, see the About Me page or my LinkedIn profile.

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