SharePoint Online/OneDrive for Business Support in RDS/RemoteApp

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Since a couple of weeks the documentation around the support of SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business is changed. So I want to describe the current support state is this short blogpost. The Azure RemoteApp documentation is updated and now states ‘OneDrive for Business is not supported with Azure RemoteApp’. You can find this information here. This information also applies to Remote Desktop Services which is described here. But some remarks can be made to these statements and I want to describe them here.
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Improved User Profile Disk Management with Azure RemoteApp

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Since a couple of weeks there are some improvements made to Azure RemoteApp regarding the management of the User Profile Disks. Management of the User Profile disks was not possible for the users of Azure RemoteApp. If a copy of the User Profile disk was needed you had to contact Azure Support and they could provide you the link to the User Profile Disk. Also removing a corrupted User Profile disk was also only possible through contacting Azure Support. With the release of the following 2 PowerShell cmdlets the user can now execute these actions themselves: Copy-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk and Remove-AzureRemoteAppUserDisk. Both cmdlets are available from Azure Module version 1.5.0.
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User Environment Management in Azure RemoteApp – Part 5

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This is the 5th part of the blog series about User Environment Management within Azure RemoteApp. In the first 2 blogposts which you can find here and here I discussed the use of Microsoft User Experience Virtualization in combination with Azure RemoteApp. In the 3rd part I explained why you should disable the User Profile Disk when using another solution for User Environment Virtualization. In the 4th blogpost I showed how AppSense can be used in combination with Azure RemoteApp. This post will describe the use of RES ONE Workspace in combination with Azure RemoteApp. A couple of months ago RES contacted me about writing this last part of the series. They give me access to their Azure RemoteApp environment where they had implemented RES ONE Workspace. Continue reading

Comparing Azure RemoteApp with RDS on Azure IaaS

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blogpost about designing and building a Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services environment on Microsoft Azure IaaS. In this blogpost I want to focus on comparing Azure RemoteApp against a Remote Desktop Services Deployment on Azure IaaS. I will start with explaining how both solutions are placed in the NIST cloud models. This is very important to keep in mind when comparing both solutions.

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Using Azure AD Self-Service to deploy Azure RemoteApp Applications

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Last week Microsoft released the private preview of ‘publish applications to individual users’. In this blogpost I’ve described the steps needed to activate this functionality and how you can use it with Azure AD groups. In this blogpost I want to explain how Azure AD Group Self-service can be used to grant access to applications and provide user self-service functionalities. The Azure Groups functionality requires an Azure AD Premium license for each user. This license is included in the Enterprise Mobility license.
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Azure RemoteApp: Publish applications to individual users or a group of users

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Last week the Azure RemoteApp team introduced the ‘most-voted’ feature in Azure RemoteApp: ‘Publish applications to individual users’. This functionality is now in private preview and can be requested by filling in this survey: http://www.instant.ly/s/AY83p/nav. When it’s enabled for your subscription you can publish applications to individual users. In this blogpost I want to explore this new functionality and look into how it can be activated and configured. I’m also looking into combining this new functionality with publishing applications based on group membership. If you want to try it yourself you can find the documentation here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/remoteapp-perapp/
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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!

Azure RemoteApp: Looking back and forward

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This year a lot of new features are developed and released in Azure RemoteApp. At the end of this year I want to summarize all the improvements which are released this year. The RDS Team is continuous improving the product by releasing new features and improvements each month. On the 11th of December 2014 Brad Anderson announced the GA of Azure RemoteApp. Since this date a lot of new features and improvements are added and this blogpost will summarize most of them. At the end of this blogpost I want to look into the roadmap of Azure RemoteApp for the coming months. Continue reading

Updates to Azure RemoteApp Membership Runbook

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Based on announcement that Azure Automation now supports Azure Resource Manager (source) I checked my solution for synchronizing Azure RemoteApp membership through Azure Automation. You can find the original blogpost here. The solution used both Service Management API cmdlets and Azure Resource Manager cmdlets. Based on the testing the Azure Resource Manager cmdlets did fail during the execution of the runbook. I’ve updated the runbook and everything is now working again using the new Azure Resource Manager cmdlets.
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