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Everything Azure for MSP's - October 2020

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The Everything Azure for MSP's webinar is held monthly on the last Wednesday of every month at 2:00p CT.  Be sure to block that recurring time on your calendar.  


Join us next month

  • Feature and Support Updates
  • In-depth view of Network Security Groups and Firewall Rules
  • Sharing Value Adds with Customers


Webinar resources and content

Prior to using the following code, the user logging in will need to be set as an RDS Owner (Microsoft Documentation).

Here is the PowerShell Code for setting WVD Friendly Name - 
 #Login needs RDS owner set in the tenant in order to apply the set the friendly name

 # connect to account admin@tenantname.onmicrosoft.com or user given ownership in the sub
     Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl "https://rdbroker.wvd.microsoft.com"

 #Get the WVD tenant information that exists for the account - cut and paste method
     Get-RdsTenant
     Set-RdsTenant -TenantName "<insert tenantname>" -FriendlyName "<insert name>"

 #Get the WVD tenant information that exists for the account - use a variable
     $tenant = Get-RdsTenant | select -ExpandProperty tenantname
     Set-RdsTenant -TenantName $tenant -FriendlyName "<insert name>"

 

Here is the PowerShell Code for setting Checking WVD User Registration - 
 #Login needs RDS owner set in the tenant in order to view WVD user information

 # admin@tenantname.onmicrosoft.com or user given ownership in the sub
     Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl "https://rdbroker.wvd.microsoft.com"

 #Get the WVD tenant information that exists for the account - manual in script
     $upn = ""  #i.e. someone@somewhere.com
     $pool = ""  #i.e. Pool-B
     $tenant = Get-RdsTenant | select -ExpandProperty tenantname
     $appgroup = Get-RdsAppGroup -TenantName $tenant -HostPoolName $pool | select -ExpandProperty appgroupname
    
     Get-RdsAppGroupUser -TenantName $tenant -HostPoolName $pool -AppGroupName $appgroup -UserPrincipalName $upn
    
 #Check the status with a prompt for the UPN and Pool - below can be saved as a usable script and tool
     $upn = Read-Host -Prompt 'User Principal Name'
     $pool = Read-Host -Prompt 'HostPool user should be assigned to'
     $tenant = Get-RdsTenant | select -ExpandProperty tenantname
     $appgroup = Get-RdsAppGroup -TenantName $tenant -HostPoolName $pool | select -ExpandProperty appgroupname
    
     Get-RdsAppGroupUser -TenantName $tenant -HostPoolName $pool -AppGroupName $appgroup -UserPrincipalName $upn

Questions and Answers

  • Will the recording of this webinar be available after?
  • Is A/V passthrough available yet in NAP, I don’t see it
  • Can a scanner be passed through USB
    • Answer - Yes, but this is done outside of the Nerdio Management Portal and may require reviewing Microsoft Documentation.
  • Are you looking to integrate with PSA or CRM solutions 
    • Answer - Nerdio continues to look for and create relationships with complementary solutions and business partners.  Early 2020 Nerdio started collecting data from partners and the solutions they use to better determine which partners would be strategic to collaborate with.  
  • Why can users reconnect to a deactivated host? 
    • Answer - When deactivating a host you're telling it to stop accepting new connections.  An existing user can reconnect until the host is deleted or their session is logged off.
  • Can you see which users or how many users are currently logged into a specific host (I see the number of users but can I see the specific user names)? 
  • What happens if I have other icons that I want to hide that are hidden with a new rule
    • Answer - New hiding rules can be added to the initial hiding rules that were autocompleted by the scan.  A new hiding rule would be added for a file/shortcut which would also include the path.
    • FSLogix Microsoft Documentation for additional information and instruction.
  • Does App Masking change file type associations to force how users open certain files…example PDF’s being opened for some users with Chrome and some with Adobe 
    • Answer - When a rule is setup after scanning, the executable is often included as one of the hiding rules.  You can customize the rule by removing or modifying the hiding rule that is for the %ProgramFilesFolder%.
    • FSLogix Microsoft Documentation for additional information and instruction.
  • Can I use an Automation and Log Analytics account to configure start/stop of VM’s in a Pool?
    • Answer - Nerdio does not recommend using Log Analytics in this way.  There are features for both servers, personal desktops and host pools that allow for the start and stop of VMs with Nerdio's autoscale features.
  • Will there be a way to use Autopilot for WVD?  
    • Answer - Pool creation and automation would be managed by Nerdio.  Autopilot would be a resource for continuing to manage local hardware resources as opposed to Azure virtual resources.  WVD is a Platform as a Service which is governed by utilizing the Azure Portal and/or API.
    • More information on Autopilot
  • Can you manage more than one golden image?
    • Answer - No, at this time the environment contains one Golden Image but you can create an unlimited amount of Pools and templates.
  • How do you change the domain a pool is associated with?
    • Answer - When creating a new pool you may define the internal domain it is joined to if Nerdio Hybrid AD is enabled.
  • Is there a way to bulk move users between pools?

 

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