Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Azure Saturday Munich - recap!

On May 18th I presented a session at the Azure Saturday Event, hosted at the Microsoft HQ in Munich. I have presented there in the past, and it was great to be back again this year. Over 400 attendees attended this year’s event! Huge thanks and shout out to the organizers Benjamin Abt (@Abt_Benjamin), Thomas Janetscheck (@azureandbeyond) and Max Melcher (@maxmelcher) for their unlimited energy to make this event an awesome experience!

The organizers kicked off the event in the mail hall of the Microsoft building.

Chris Heilmann opened the event with a keynote session on Building human interfaces powered by AI.

After that I presented my session on Windows Virtual Desktop. I covered the scenarios, use cases and technical architecture and performed a live demo of admin and end user experience. I got a great crowd! Lot’s of interest of Windows Virtual Desktop and great interaction during and after the session. Thanks everyone who joined my session!

With over 400 attendees, 26 sessions and 30 speakers it was an amazing community event! I hope to be back next year and hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

FSLogix for everyone!

Last November Microsoft announced the acquisition of FSLogix.

“…Office 365 ProPlus is currently the best Office experience, and, with FSLogix enabling faster load times for user profiles in Outlook and OneDrive, Office 365 ProPlus will become even more performant in multi-user virtual environments (including Windows Virtual Desktop)…”

The main question that was left behind was what the licensing model would be like. Integrated into a Microsoft 365 license or O365 license? What about on premises deployments? Is it only going to be available on Azure?


FSLogix may be used when you have the one of the following licenses:

· Microsoft 365 E3/A3
· Microsoft 365 E5/A5
· Microsoft F1, Business
· Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
· Windows 10 Education A3/A5
· Windows 10 VDA per user
· Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL

The entitlements that have been announced are not yet in effect. Currently this is expected to be around the June timeframe. In the meantime, FSLogix solutions can be used with a trial key that lasts well beyond June and without limitations in the product. Request trials here.

We could see the Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 statements coming, but it’s super great that RDS CAL is included in this! This basically means, FSLogix for everyone! And this is not limited to the FSLogix O365 container, it applies to the full suite: O365 Container, Profile Container, AppMasking and Java redirection!

In our opinion this the best answer to all of the licensing questions and concerns out there! We can continue to have the best Office 365 experience whether it is On Premises, Azure IaaS or Windows Virtual Desktop!

Windows Virtual Desktop: Public Preview Available

As of today, Windows Virtual Desktop is available in Public Preview! Having been part of the private preview since the early releases of RDmi, it’s great to see it being available for everyone to test drive as part of the public preview!

To get started, follow this link for more information: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/03/21/windows-virtual-desktop-public-preview/

We can now also share some more details on the licensing of Windows Virtual Desktop. If you want to use Windows 10 Multi Session as the operating system, you can do so based on either of the following licenses

· Microsoft 365 E3/A3
· Microsoft 365 E5/A5
· Microsoft F1, Business
· Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
· Windows 10 Education A3/A5
· Windows 10 VDA per user

You can also use the Windows Server as a “traditional” RD Session Host role for Windows Virtual Desktop. What you only need in that case is

· Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL

To get started with Windows Virtual Desktop, check out this page: http://aka.ms/wvdpreview If you have questions or if you are looking for help setting up Windows Virtual Desktop, feel free to reach out!

You can expect follow up articles here on setting and using up Windows Virtual Desktop!

If you are not yet familiar with Windows Virtual Desktop, the explanation below is how Microsoft describes the service.

“…Windows Virtual Desktop enables you to create a full desktop virtualization environment in your Azure subscription without having to run any additional gateway servers. You can publish as many host pools as you need to accommodate your diverse workloads. You can use the Windows Virtual Desktop PowerShell and REST interfaces to configure the host pools, create app groups, assign users, and publish resources. Once assigned, users can launch any Windows Virtual Desktop client to connect to their published Windows desktops and applications. Users are securely established through reverse connections to the service, so you never have to leave any inbound ports open. For ongoing maintenance of your Windows Virtual Desktop environment, you can use built-in delegated access to assign roles and collect diagnostics to understand various configuration or user errors…”
Source: Windows Virtual Desktop Guide.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Microsoft Ignite | The Tour 2018-2019, you can still join!

If you have not heard about Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, it is a 2-day technical Microsoft conference where you can gather the latest information on both the Developers and IT Pro side. And, you can attend for free! Since the event is traveling to 20 cities worldwide, you can select the city that is most convenient for you. This is how Microsoft described the event;

“…Join us at the place where developers and tech professionals continue learning alongside experts. Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies and learn how to put your skills to work in new areas. Connect with our community to gain practical insights and best practices on the future of cloud development, data, IT, and business intelligence…”

With 9 more cities to go you can still be part of it! I had great pleasure presenting at 2 of the editions so far in Berlin and Johannesburg and hope to see you in an upcoming city! The topics I covered where Remote Desktop Services and Windows Virtual Desktop.
You can download the slide decks from my sessions using the below links. Do note these are demo heavy sessions, so the slide decks are not that detailed, but I hope to see you at one of the other cities soon! If you have questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter or LinkedIn.

Windows Virtual Desktop, the Future of App and Desktop Delivery on Azure!
Become an ARM Hero and Deploy RDS on Azure in Under 30 Minutes

    Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, Johannesburg, January 2019

     Microsoft Ignite | The Tour, Berlin, December 2018