Category - Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

How to manage your Windows Virtual Desktop session hosts (single user) with Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Microsoft Intune.

By default all Windows Virtual Desktop session hosts are joined with your domain. And in most cases you will apply policy configurations to them via Group Policy Objects (GPO). If you also using Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Microsoft Intune for managing Windows 10 devices, it might also be worth considering to manage your WVD session hosts VMs with it as well.

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How to enable Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop

At the end of March 2021, Azure Monitor for Windows Virtual Desktop went GA. It will provide a dashboard built on Azure Monitor Workbooks that gives you insides of your Windows Virtual Desktop environment, including; Connection Diagnostics, Connection Performance, Host Diagnostics, Host Performance, Utilizations, Users, Clients and Alerts. In this blog post I will guide you step-by-step how to...

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How to fix the borderless window “problem” in Windows Virtual Desktop

First of all, it is not really a Windows Virtual Desktop problem, this has been a Microsoft Windows setting for many years now. However, when publishing a Desktop or a RemoteApp from a Windows Virtual Desktop host pool where the session host VMs running Windows 10, there are no visible borders around the windows by default. For example, see the blow screenshot. A File Explorer window is open...

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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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About Robin Hobo

Robin Hobo

I work as a Senior Solution Architect with focus on the Modern Workspace. I am specialized in Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), Windows 365 and Microsoft EM+S (including Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Microsoft Intune).

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