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Microsoft ARM template to deploy scale-out file server for RDS User Profile Disks (UPD)

By |November 17th, 2016|

Microsoft has recently released an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template to create a domain-joined scale-out file server (SOFS) in Azure using Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with Windows Server 2016. You can use this template to create a Storage Spaces Direct scale-out file server to store User Profile Disks (UPD)! ”…Remote Desktop Services (RDS) requires a domain-joined file server for user profile disks (UPDs). To deploy a high availability domain-joined scale-out file server (SOFS) in Azure, use Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with Windows Server 2016…” Check out this link for guidance on how to set up the Storage Spaces Direct scale-out [...]

Azure N-Series General Availability will be December 1st!

By |November 16th, 2016|

As RDSGurus we have had the privilege to test the N-series VM in Azure for a while now. Benny also showed the N-series on stage at Ignite during the session "Get an independent insider’s view of desktop virtualization and session remoting". Microsoft has recently announced that the Azure N-Series VM will reach General Availability on December 1st! Exciting news for our industry! "...Azure N-Series virtual machines are powered by NVIDIA® GPUs and provide customers and developers access to industry-leading accelerated computing and visualization experiences. I am also excited to announce global access to the sizes, with N-series available in South Central US, [...]

Azure Resource Manager and JSON templates to deploy RDS in Azure IaaS – Part 5

By |October 25th, 2016|

This is part 5 in a series of articles on using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and JSON templates to create a full Remote Desktop Services environment in Azure IaaS. Let’s briefly reiterate what was previously covered on this subject. It all started with a first RDS deployment on Azure IaaS covered in the article Full HA RDS 2016 deployment in Azure IaaS in < 30 minutes, Azure Resource Manager FTW! Although this first template already creates a high available RDS environment on Azure, many improvements and features have been added after that. In a second article called RDS on Azure [...]

Windows Server 2016 GA available in Azure! – used it to deploy RDS on Azure IaaS!

By |October 25th, 2016|

Window Server 2016 DataCenter (14393.321) is now available as an image in Azure IaaS. I decided to use it to roll out as part of my existing ARM Deployment of RDS on Azure IaaS using JSON. One of the awesome things about the ARM/JSON approach is that it all it took was adding a single parameter option into the azuredeploy.parameters.json file to complete this! This is where I added the new SKU inside the template parameters file a newly allowed value. And before launching the ARM deployment, the SKU can be selected from a dropdown box, now with the default [...]

Added new features to RDS on Azure IaaS using ARM and JSON (licensing, Custom RDSH Templates, branding)

By |October 25th, 2016|

If you have been following this blog over the past couple of weeks, you might have read about my previous articles on deploying RDS on Azure IaaS using ARM and JSON templates. To quickly reiterate those previous articles; In a first article called “Full HA RDS 2016 deployment in Azure IaaS in < 30 minutes, Azure Resource Manager FTW!” I explained the differences between deployment mechanisms in the classic Azure Portal and the new Azure Portal and gave a brief introduction on what JSON is and how to use Visual Studio to build and deploy directly to Azure, based on [...]

RDS on Azure IaaS using ARM & JSON part 2 and a demo at Microsoft Ignite!

By |September 28th, 2016|

In one of my previous blog posts I described performing an entire High Available RDS deployment in Azure IaaS using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and JSON. In that blog post I described the differences between deployment mechanisms in the classic Azure Portal and the new Azure Portal. I gave a brief introduction on what JSON is and how to use Visual Studio to build and deploy directly to Azure based on JSON templates. Also see Full HA RDS 2016 deployment in Azure IaaS in < 30 minutes, Azure Resource Manager FTW! In the mean time I have been expanding and [...]

New default RD Gateway Resource Authorization Policies in Windows Server 2016

By |September 16th, 2016|

Originally posted here: http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.nl/2016/09/new-default-rd-gateway-resource.html Remote Desktop Services is referred to by Microsoft as one of the “top 10” capability of the Windows Server 2016 release that is going to reach General Availability within a few weeks. Also see this blog post and video Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #4: Remote Desktop Services. The three key pillars of improvement are shown in the diagram below. While test driving the Technology Preview 5 version I ran into a small new feature as part of the process of adding an RD Gateway server to a Remote Desktop Services Deployment using RDMS. [...]

Full HA RDS 2016 deployment in Azure IaaS in < 30 minutes, Azure Resource Manager FTW!

By |August 30th, 2016|

Originally posted here: http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.nl/2016/08/full-ha-rds-2016-deployment-in-azure.html More information on RDS on Azure IaaS Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployment on the Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform is becoming more common. The announcement of the deprecation of Azure RemoteApp, the turn-key solution on Azure to publish classic Windows applications, also made RDS on Azure IaaS one of the migration options going forward. Microsoft has also published various whitepapers that provide guidance to implement RDS 2012 R2 on Azure IaaS http://aka.ms/rdsonazure. Recently they have also updated this for Windows Server 2016 http://aka.ms/rdsonazure2016 which will be released this September of this year. Automated deployments [...]

Let’s talk Azure RemoteApp Use Cases!

By |June 23rd, 2016|Tags: |

Two weeks ago, the 30th edition of the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) took place in Leopardstown, Dublin. A great community driven conference, founded by Alex Cooper. If you’re not familiar with the event check out e2evc.com for more details. Last month BriForum 2016 Europe took place in London. Also a great, vendor independent conference founded by Brian Madden. For more information on that event check out briforum.com. At both events, we (Freek Berson & Benny Tritsch) presented a session on Azure RemoteApp. Our session was called “Azure RemoteApp – Past, Present & future”, the more important subtitle however [...]

Caution when using Remove-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk in Azure RemoteApp PowerShell

By |June 15th, 2016|Tags: , , |

You may have read my previous blog post about the announcement of new PowerShell CmdLets to manage User Profile Disks (UPD )in Azure RemoteApp, if not here is the link: User Profile Disk management for Azure RemoteApp is here! These new CmdLets enable you to manage the User Profile Disks yourself. This is great because prior to this you had to contact Azure Support for every management task you had to do related to UPD. Check out my previous blog post for more details on the new CmdLets Copy-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk and Remove-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk. One of the things I did run into when [...]

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