Windows Virtual Desktop Christmas Crackers

Greetings all. This post accompanies my contribution to the Festive Calendar 2020 which is an online event running throughout December 2020. My thanks to Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper for organising the event and it was a privilege for me to take part again this year.

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Below you will find my video contribution which focuses on Windows Virtual Desktop and is a collection “Christmas crackers” (best practice and cost optimisation tips) that I’ve put together from my experience with Windows Virtual Desktop to date.

To accompany the video, below you will find some useful links relating to each of my Christmas crackers. These links will provide more detailed information about each of my recommendations. Should you have any questions or want to learn more about any of these then please feel free to contact me via my social media links. Enjoy!

Christmas cracker #1 – Choosing session host VM size

Dv3 and Dsv3-series – Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Docs

Dv4 and Dsv4-series – Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Docs

Dav4 and Dasv4-series – Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #2 – Controlling FSLogix profile size

Exclude MsTeams cache from profile: WVD – FSLogix – Reduce profile container size – exclude Teams Cache with redirections.xml – Microsoft Tech Community

Useful community links for compacting FSLogix VHDX profiles:

Script Tool: https://github.com/FSLogix/Invoke-FslShrinkDisk

GUI option: http://www.citrixirc.com/?p=1052

Christmas cracker #3 – RDP shortpath (preview)

Windows Virtual Desktop RDP Shortpath (preview) – Azure | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #4 – Understanding IOPS and throughput

Azure Premium Storage: Design for high performance – Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Docs

Azure Files scalability and performance targets | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #5 – Make use of group policy

Use FSLogix Group Policy Template Files – FSLogix | Microsoft Docs

Set time limit for disconnected sessions (getadmx.com)

Loopback processing of Group Policy – Windows Server | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #6 – Image management

Prepare and customize a master VHD image – Azure | Microsoft Docs

Windows Virtual Desktop technical (2020 – ARM-based model – generally available) deployment walkthrough. It covers all you need to know and beyond! | christiaanbrinkhoff.com – Sharing Cloud and Virtualization Knowledge

Christmas cracker #7 – Secure your sessions

Set up Azure multifactor authentication for Windows Virtual Desktop – Azure | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #8 – Monitor your session hosts

Proactively monitor ARM-based Windows Virtual Desktop with Azure Log Analytics and Azure Monitor – Microsoft Tech Community

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Azure Monitor Workbook (cloudsma.com)

*New Use Monitor Windows Virtual Desktop Monitor preview – Azure | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #9 – Have you set up your domain controller correctly?

Deploy AD DS in an Azure virtual network – Azure Architecture Center | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #10 – Azure Files SMB Multichannel (preview)

SMB Multichannel performance – Azure Files | Microsoft Docs

Christmas cracker #11 – FSLogix configuration tips

Windows Virtual Desktop technical (2020 – ARM-based model – generally available) deployment walkthrough. It covers all you need to know and beyond! | christiaanbrinkhoff.com – Sharing Cloud and Virtualization Knowledge

Christmas cracker #12 – Ephemeral OS disks

Ephemeral OS disks – Azure Virtual Machines | Microsoft Docs

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