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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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 start OneDrive (and automatically sign-in) when using a RemoteApp in Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Recently I had a use case where a customer uses Windows Virtual Desktop with RemoteApps, and files had to be opened and saved on the user’s OneDrive within these applications. Not a very exceptional situation if you ask me. I know that with some GPO settings / registry keys you can configure silent sign-in and Files on-demand (recommended within environments like Windows Virtual Desktop)...

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Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Host Pool deployment error – Subscription is not registered

Recently I was deploying a new Windows Virtual Desktop environment in a complete new Microsoft Azure tenant with a new Azure subscription. Although my user account has the right permissions in the Azure tenant, the WVD tenant and on the Azure Subscription, I still got a deployment error when provisioning a WVD Host pool.

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How to configure Conditional Access with Session Management for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

Recently I implemented Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) for a customer. This customer has the policy that you always needs to get challenged by Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) before you get access to a Remote Application or Desktop, except when connecting from a managed device. To achieve this with Windows Virtual Desktop, an Azure Conditional Access policy must be created with session settings...

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How to provision a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Host Pool with Service Principal

As described earlier in this blog you can easily provision a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) host pool with an user account that have “RDS Owner” or “RDS Contributor” permissions on the Windows Virtual Desktop tenant. However, this will not work as this user has Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) enabled.

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How to implement and manage Azure AD Domain Services (Azure AD DS) for a fast Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) PoC deployment

I recently visited a customer who wanted a Windows Virtual Desktop PoC. And although it is customary for me to implement a Windows Virtual Desktop PoC within the current production environment and take it in production after a successful PoC right away, this customer wanted the PoC to be in a completely separate environment. The customer even wanted to implement this Windows Virtual Desktop PoC...

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How to update a custom Windows 10 multi-user image with LOB applications for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Preview

In my previous blog I showed step-by-step how to create a custom Windows 10 multi-user image with Line Of Business (LOB) installed on it for use with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). Most of the time updates are needed after a few days or weeks, there are the Windows updates off course, but also the LOB application updates. Or perhaps new LOB applications needs to be added to the image. How do you...

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How to create a custom Windows 10 multi-user image with LOB applications for Windows Virtual Desktop Preview (WVD) Hostpool deployments

A few months ago I wrote a blog about How to deploy Windows Virtual Desktop (Preview) and publish a Full Desktop and the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications. That blog was based on a Windows Virtual Desktop Hostpool deployed with a standard Gallery Image. In this blog I will show you how to deploy a Windows Virtual Desktop Hostpool with a custom Windows 10 multi-user image with your own LOB...

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How to fix “Server App” is not consented, So please consent Server App.” error when logging in to the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Management Tool

Recently, I helped a customer, who is testing with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). This customer has installed the Windows Virtual Desktop – Management Tool within their Azure portal. This Management Tool makes managing your WVD environment a lot easier and I definitely recommend looking at this if you have not already done so.

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How to deploy Windows Virtual Desktop (Preview) and publish a Full Desktop and the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications

As you have probably already heard or read is that Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now available in Public Preview. Windows Virtual Desktop is a desktop and application virtualization service running in Microsoft Azure. The backend is completely managed by Microsoft itself. You can create host pools to publish full desktops or to publish your LOB applications. A big advantage is that Windows 10...

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About Robin Hobo

I am a Technology Specialist Cloud Endpoint working for Microsoft. 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 my LinkedIn profile.

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