Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AZ-140)

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Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AZ-140)

Author: Greg Shields

Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) is the way of the future for anyone making use of Azure cloud resources. This path takes you through the knowledge you... Read more

What you will learn

  • Design the Azure Virtual Desktop architecture
  • Design for user identities and profiles
  • Implement and manage networking for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Implement and manage storage for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Create and configure host pools and session hosts
  • Create and manage session host images
  • Manage access
  • Manage security
  • Implement and manage FSLogix
  • Configure user experience settings
  • Install and configure apps on a session host
  • Plan and implement business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Automate Azure Virtual Desktop management tasks
  • Monitor and manage performance and health
  • Implement FSLogix for Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops

Pre-requisites

You should be familiar with general Azure administration

Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AZ-140)

Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) is the way of the future for anyone making use of Azure cloud resources. This path takes you through the knowledge you need to get Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) up and running smoothly within your organization.

Additionally, the courses in this path cover the objectives on the AZ-140 exam and can help you prepare for the exam. Passing the exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty certification.

Azure Virtual Desktop: Introduction

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 38m

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Description

Microsoft's AZ-140 exam is a unique "Speciality" exam that begins with the foundational topics in the AZ-104 Azure Associate exam and then focuses attentions very specifically on the design, implementation, and management of VMs in Azure Virtual Desktop. It tests against the knowledge and experience you'll need to be successful in managing a Azure Virtual Desktop implementation in production.

In this first course out of six, Azure Virtual Desktop: Introduction, you'll be introduced to the mission for this learning path, You'll gain understanding on these courses' alignment with the AZ-140 certification, and explore the virtual machines and Azure subscription you'll want to provision if you plan on following along.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Explore Microsoft Certification and the AZ-140 Exam
  4. Introduce WVD and the WVD Architecture

Azure Virtual Desktop: Plan an AVD Architecture

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 1h 5m

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While the daily activities in Azure Virtual Desktop administration usually focus on virtual machine maintenance, it is the initial design and architecture activities that can make the biggest difference in how much the environment costs. It is for this reason that this learning path begins with an extensive discussion on planning the architecture of your AVD environment.

In this second course out of six, Azure Virtual Desktop: Plan an AVD Architecture, you'll begin with a look at the assessment process, taking a deep look at the questions you'll want to ask yourself about your existing physical and virtual assets. Then, you'll use those answers to design your host groups and recommend configurations for VM performance and capacity. Next, you'll explore the network requirements, both in terms of connectivity as well as capacity and performance. Finally, you'll dig into designs for the user identity and user profile technologies that your AVD infrastructure requires before clicking any buttons in the Azure UI.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Design the Windows Virtual Desktop Architecture
  4. Design for User Identities and Profiles

Azure Virtual Desktop: Implement an AVD Infrastructure

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 2h 44m

2h 44m

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Now that you've explored the overarching architecture of Azure Virtual Desktop, you continue with the implementation and integration of it's major components.

In this third course out of six, Azure Virtual Desktop: Implement an AVD Infrastructure, you begin with the deployment of Host Pools and Session Hosts into your Azure subscription. Most environments, however, need more than the basic images available in the Azure Marketplace. Next, you'll continue with the creation and management processes in customizing those session host images. Then, you'll shift gears and discuss the implementation and management tasks for storage in AVD. Finally, you'll dig deeply into AVD's networking, including a look at Microsoft's recommended Hub-and-Spoke design pattern along with the implementation of Azure Firewall. When you're finished with this course, you'll have a better understanding of implementing a AVD infrastructure.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Create and Configure Host Pools and Session Hosts
  4. Create and Manage Session Host Images
  5. Implement and Manage Storage for Windows Virtual Desktop
  6. Implement and Manage Networking for Windows Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop: Manage Access and Security

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 44m

44m

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With the foundations of your AVD implementation now complete, take a short sidebar journey through the access control and security topics that are relevant to Azure resources. Once in production, providing the correct access and permissions to users and other administrators, as well as ensuring total environment security will be major components of your everyday maintenance.

In this fourth course out of six, Azure Virtual Desktop: Manage Access and Security, you'll begin with a quick look at access control and the Azure role-based access control mechanisms for distributing privileges to users and administrators. Next, you'll explore how these controls work in combination with additional permissions that must be applied in your synchronized Active Directory domain. Finally, you'll switch gears to talk about the general security best practices for Azure resources, including your AVD components. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to know how best to ensure environment security to your production AVD deployment.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Manage Access
  4. Manage Security

Azure Virtual Desktop: Manage User Environments and Apps

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 1h 39m

1h 39m

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You've spent so much time working with all the components that surround your virtual desktops, including their virtual machine objects themselves that you could easily forget that it's what's inside those VMs that's of most importance to the user. Dealing with the applications and user profile content inside each AVD session host is the topic for this course in the learning path.

In this fifth course out of six, Azure Virtual Desktop: Manage User Environments and Apps, you'll begin by exploring the variety of user settings that control how users interact with their virtual desktop environments, including the types of devices that are redirected into their user sessions. Next, you'll dig into applications and the means and mechanisms for automating the delivery of applications onto session hosts, including Microsoft's new and quite clever solution with MSIX and MSIX App Attach. Finally, you'll take a quick introductory look at FSLogix, a teeing off, if you will, to the surprise seventh course in this learning path, which explores in comprehensive detail the entirety of FSLogix's implementation and use in non-persistent desktop environments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Configure User Experience Settings
  4. Install and Configure Apps on a Session Host
  5. Implement and Manage FSLogix

Azure Virtual Desktop: Monitor and Maintain an AVD Infrastructure

by Greg Shields

Jun 4, 2021 / 1h 30m

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So much of your exploration in this learning path thus far has focused on the highly graphical, but entirely manual tasks one accomplishes in the Azure UI. Managing your AVD environment in that graphical location works great for a lot of everyday activities, but about those situations where command line automation can assist? At the same time, even other graphical tools can be extraordinarily useful for things like troubleshooting, monitoring for behaviors, and even backing up your data with an eye towards disaster recovery. These are the topics for this course.

In this sixth course, Azure Virtual Desktop: Monitor and Maintain an AVD Infrastructure, you begin by recognizing the need for backup and recovery solutions for your Azure resources, along with the planning requirements to prepare for disaster recovery. Next, you'll move into the command line automation, working through a series of real-world use cases where PowerShell and Azure CLI bring a useful assist. Finally, you'll explore the monitoring tools Azure provides for understanding the behaviors of resources in an AVD infrastructure. By the end of this course, you'll better understand the kinds of metrics and logs that are important for troubleshooting common AVD issues.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Plan and Implement Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  4. Automate Windows Virtual Desktop Management Tasks
  5. Monitor and Manage Performance and Health

Implementing FSLogix for Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops

by Greg Shields

Jan 15, 2021 / 2h 25m

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Managing desktop documents, configurations, and pictures of people's cats that make up user profiles in the user's experience is no small task. Over the years, and decades, several generations of solutions to address this huge task have come and gone. In this course, Implementing FSLogix for Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops, you'll begin by looking at FSLogix from within the lens of historical profile management approaches. First, you'll explore the architcture and installation of FSLogix for profile and Office 365 containers. Next, you'll dig deeply into some of the special considerations you should understand for success in a production implementation. Finally, you'll migrate user content into FSLogix containers and take a peek at FSLogix's tools for application masking and java redirection. When you're finished with this course, you'll learn how to take full advantage of the power of FSLogix.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Understand FSLogix Profile Containers and Office 365 Containers
  4. Deploy FSLogix Containers
  5. Understand Search Index Considerations
  6. Configure for Multiple Concurrent Connections
  7. Configure for High Availability and Cloud Cache
  8. Migrate User Profile Content to FSLogix Containers
  9. Explore Application Masking and Java Redirection