Pros and Cons about building a RDS environment on Azure

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The last couple of months I was involved in designing and building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services environment on Microsoft Azure. During these months I’ve learned some interesting things about Azure and the combination of Remote Desktop Services. I want to share these experiences through this blogpost. I want to make clear upfront that I’m not going into detail on each item. But I want to share my experiences and point to possible solutions. Detailed solutions and choices are based on different types of requirements like costs, manageability and future-proof of the solution. I’ve divided this blogpost in Pros and Cons based on the experience of this last project.
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Client news for RDS and Azure RemoteApp

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Yesterday some exciting news is published around the clients which can be used in RDS and Azure RemoteApp. First a new preview of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview client for Windows 10. Yesterday evening a new ‘Private Public Preview’ of the new HTML5 client is announced. So great announcements and in this blogpost I want to show you some screenshots of the HTML5 client and also the new Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview client.
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MVP Award

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Yesterday when celebrating ‘New-Year’ with my family I received an awesome email. Microsoft presented me my first MVP award in the category: Enterprise Mobility.

This is really a great start of 2016! I’m really proud and honored that my contributions are rewarded with a MVP Award. In 2016 I will continue sharing my knowledge by presenting on events and blogging on this blog. The focus will remain the same: Remote Desktop Services and Azure RemoteApp (and related technology).

Thanks again to Microsoft and you as a reader of my blog!

Remote Publishing of Remote Desktop Services environments

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Last week Microsoft announced publishing Remote Desktop Services environments through Azure AD Application Proxy. You can read the announcement here. With the Azure AD Application Proxy you can now publish your RD Gateway and RD Web Access Servers using Azure Active Directory authentication. Ofcourse we can also use an on premise Web Application/ADFS environment to publish our Remote Desktop Service environments. In this blogpost I want to show and describe both solutions on a high-level. With these solutions we are able to publish Remote Desktop Services environments with using the rich functionality of Azure AD authentication.

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