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FSLogix profiles for AADJ multi-user host pools with Azure Page Blobs


Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM) v3.2.0+


The Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) service recommends FSLogix profile containers as a user profile solution. FSLogix is designed to roam profiles in remote computing environments, such as AVD. It stores a complete user profile in a single container. At sign-in, this container is dynamically attached to the computing environment using natively supported Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) and Hyper-V Virtual Hard disk (VHDX). The user profile is immediately available and appears in the system exactly like a native user profile.

FSLogix is generally used in conjunction with Azure Files to store the user profiles. However, Azure Files still requires Hybrid AD users. Instead, Nerdio Manager allows Azure AD joined multi-user host pools to use Azure blob storage for FSLogix profiles. 

Pre-Requisite. Azure Page Blob Storage Account

Please read this guide to set one up

Step I. Create a FSLogix profile

Go to Settings > Integrations to create a new FSLogix profile or edit your existing FSLogix profile with the settings below:

  • Select Cloud Cache
  • This will make a new option available "Use Azure Page Blobs". Select this option.
  • For FSLogix Profiles path, select an Azure Storage account from the list of available options. Note that you must create the Azure Storage account in Azure portal. Make sure to create a Azure Page Blobs storage account.

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Once you click OK a new FSLogix profile will be created that uses Azure page blobs to store user profiles. These containers are accessed using storage account access keys.

Step II. Create a host pool with the FSLogix profile

Now NMM allows you to add Azure AD joined host pools with FSLogix user profiles (where cloud cache and use Azure Page Blobs storage is enabled):

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An important point to note here is that only the profiles with Use Cloud Cache and Use Azure Page Blobs options selected will be shown in the FSLogix dropdown.

 

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    Remo Glanzmann

    DO NOT use Premium Azure Storage Blob, this feature causes prohibitive storage cost in the Premium Tier (5 profiles cost around 100$ per day, to be more specific).

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