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Creating accounts with Azure AD


Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM) v2.3+


While creating a new account, NMM allows you to select Azure AD DS and Active Directory for the AD setup. Starting in NMM v2.3, a new option is available to use Azure AD. This allows you to create Azure AD Joined (AADJ) host pools.

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Azure AD-joined VMs remove the need to have line-of-sight from the VM to an on-premises or virtualized Active Directory Domain Controller (DC) or to deploy Azure AD Domain services (Azure AD DS). In some cases, it can remove the need for a DC entirely, simplifying the deployment and management of the environment. This reduces your costs and complexity significantly. Azure AD-joined VMs can also be automatically enrolled in Intune for ease of management.

Let us review how you can create a new account using Azure AD and how to take advantage of AADJ.

New account setup

As shown in the screenshot above, while creating a new account select the option Azure AD for Active Directory setup. Note that in this case, there is no option to specify a particular AAD. This is because the VMs will be automatically joined to the same AAD that the Azure subscription is connected to. Once you select that option, you will be shown a warning message and will be required to check a box confirm your action.

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This is because there are a few limitations of AADJ while it's in preview, particularly:

  • FSLogix profiles are not supported, as a result all host pool desktops support local profiles only.
  • MFA is not supported for AAD joined session hosts.

Check the box and click Save & next to continue to next step. You will be taken to Step 2. Networking. On this step specify the Azure region, Resource group and network. Click Save & done to complete account setup. Note that there is no Azure Files setup step as Azure Files does not support AADJ at this time. We are expecting public preview of AADJ support for Azure Files soon.

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You can monitor progress of the account setup in the Account Provisioning Tasks section. Once your account is ready (within minutes), you can login to your new account and create Host Pools, create servers, and manage other aspects of your IT environment.

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Important Notification for NFA Partners Only
  • Microsoft is sunsetting Azure Classic (not Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)) - Microsoft Article
  • NFA sunset occurs February 20th, 2023
  • Only new account creation will be unavailable on November 30th 2022
  • NFA will be fully supported until the official sunset - nfa.support@getnerdio.com

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