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Overview of Desktop Images


Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM)


 

In this article:

Overview

The "Desktop Images" module allows you to manage desktop images in your NMM customer accounts. You can view a list of desktop images and perform critical operations such as "Power on", "Power off & set as image", "Restart", "Delete" images, "Add from Azure VM" or "Add images from Azure library".

The screenshot below highlights various aspects of "Desktop images" module:

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To view more options on a specific desktop image, simply expand the options next to it:

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You can either "Power on" / "Power off", "Restart" or "Delete" an existing image from this dropdown control. In the first column you will see the name of the image and an icon representing if the image is powered ON or OFF:

greenicon.pngA green icon indicates the server is up and running
red_icon.pngA red icon indicates the server has been shutdown

 

Add an image from an existing VM

Click the "Add from Azure VM" button:

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and enter the required details:

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Name: Type a name for your image (Note: This is a mandatory field)

Description: Type a short description for your image

Network: Select network that VM will be connected to. The selected network will also determine the Azure region of the VM.

OS: Select the OS installed on the source VM being imported. EVD = Enterprise Virtual Desktop (aka Windows 10 multi-session).

VM SIZE: Select size of the Desktop Image VM. This does not impact the size of session host VMs created based on this Desktop Image in the future.

OS SIZE: Select OS Disk type and size. This does not impact the OS Disk type of session host VMs created based on this Desktop Image in the future.

Resource Group: Select resource group that will contain the VM.

Create image VM as Gen2: By default, desktop image VMs are created as Gen1. Learn more about differences between Gen1 and Gen2 VMs

Join to AD: Join the image VM to Active Directory

Do not create image object: Create Desktop Image VM only but do not create an image object.
You will need to create the image object by clicking the "Power off and set as image" button after the VM is created before this Desktop Image can be used for session host creation. Skipping image creation allows for changes to be made to the VM before it is converted to an image.

Enable time zone redirection: Enabling time zone redirection on the image allows each user to see their local device's timezone inside of their AVD desktop session.

Set time zone: Set the time zone on the image VM

Uninstall FSLogix app: Use this option if FSLogix app is already installed in the base image and you want to remove it in order to allow Nerdio Manager to manage FSLogix.

Uninstall AVD agent: Use this option if you’re creating an image from an existing AVD session host where the AVD agent has been previously installed.

Provide custom credentials for a local administrator user: Enable this option to specify local admin credentials to be created on the image VM

 

Click OK to create the image VM from your source os disk.

 

Add an Image from the Azure library

Click "Add from Azure library" button and enter the required details

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Name: Type a name for your image (Note: This is a mandatory field)

Description: Type a short description for your image

Network: Select network that VM will be connected to. The selected network will also determine the Azure region of the VM.

Azure Image: Select Azure Marketplace Library image based on Windows operating system supported by AVD. EVD = Enterprise Virtual Desktop (aka Windows 10 multi-session). Office ProPlus contains a pre-installed Office 365 version of ProPlus that will be activated as users with appropriate licensing log into the desktop.

VM SIZE: Select size of the Desktop Image VM. This does not impact the size of session host VMs created based on this Desktop Image in the future.

OS SIZE: Select OS Disk type and size. This does not impact the OS Disk type of session host VMs created based on this Desktop Image in the future.

Resource Group: Select resource group that will contain the VM.

Join to AD: Join the image VM to Active Directory

Do not create image object: Create Desktop Image VM only but do not create an image object.
You will need to create the image object by clicking the "Power off and set as image" button after the VM is created before this Desktop Image can be used for session host creation. Skipping image creation allows for changes to be made to the VM before it is converted to an image.

Enable time zone redirection: Enabling time zone redirection on the image allows each user to see their local device's timezone inside of their AVD desktop session.

Set time zone: Set the time zone on the image VM

Provide custom credentials for a local administrator user: Enable this option to specify local admin credentials to be created on the image VM

Click OK to create the image VM.

 

 

 

Exploring tasks related to desktop images

The "Desktop images tasks" section captures an audit trail of all operations performed on desktop images:

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You can search for tasks based on name/resource name or filter tasks based on status. You can refresh tasks by clicking the "refresh" icon or download them as JSON by clicking on the "download" icon:

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For each task, you can perform the following operations:

Details: View job details of each task as shown below:


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Hide: Hide a specific task from the UI
Restart: Restart a task if in error. 

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