User Environment Management in Azure RemoteApp – Part 4

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This is the 4th 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. This post will describe the use of AppSense DesktopNow in combination with Azure RemoteApp. I’m writing this blogpost together with my formal colleague Corné van Ginkel which is specialized the AppSense products.

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Azure RemoteApp Clean-up AD with Azure Automation

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You can deploy Azure RemoteApp in different scenarios. One of the scenarios is a Hybrid Deployment. In a Hybrid deployment the Azure RemoteApp instances are added to your Active Directory. The instances will be added to a dedicated OU in that Active Directory. When you start working with a Hybrid Deployment you will notice after some time that the orphaned AD Computer objects of Azure RemoteApp instances will not be deleted. This blogpost will focus on using cleaning up this computer accounts with using a new Azure RemoteApp cmdlet and Azure Automation.
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User Environment Management in Azure RemoteApp – Part 3

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In the first 2 blogposts of this series I’ve focused on using UE-V in Azure RemoteApp environment. The first part was focusing on implementing UE-V in Azure RemoteApp and the second part focused on migrating user settings from on premise applications to Azure RemoteApp using UE-V. In this blogpost I want to focus add some additional information regarding the use of User Profile Disks in Azure RemoteApp. During the time of writing the information below was not available to me.

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User Environment Management in Azure RemoteApp – Part 2

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In the first blogpost of this series I described how User Experience Virtualization can be used to virtualize the user application settings in Azure RemoteApp. Within Azure RemoteApp the User Profile Disk is the standard way of saving application settings. But in a Enterprise organizations with more environments it could be useful to use a User Environment Management solution for saving application settings. In this blogpost I want to continue use UE-V but now focusing on migrating application settings from an on premise workstations to Azure RemoteApp.

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Managing your UE-V Agent Settings with Configuration Manager 2012 R2

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In this blogpost I’ve described how UE-V can be used in Azure RemoteApp to collect and save user settings. This solution works in combination with the existing User Profile Management solution (User Profile Disk) used in Azure RemoteApp. In the coming blogposts I want to focus on Application Settings migration scenarios and I want to look into 3rd party solutions like AppSense and RES. In this blogpost I want to focus on managing UE-V Agent settings with Configuration Manager 2012 R2. UE-V Agent Settings can be managed through Group Policies, PowerShell and Configuration Manager. This blogpost will not focus on Group Policies and PowerShell management, but it will focus on the implementation with Configuration Manager.
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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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Test: Using Azure AD Domain Service with Azure RemoteApp

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A couple of months ago I published a blogpost describing a cloud-only Azure RemoteApp hybrid deployment. You can find this blogpost here. This blogpost describes a hybrid Azure RemoteApp deployment with the AD Domain Services hosted in Azure IaaS. Based on the recent announcement from Microsoft that Azure AD Domain Services is in preview I wanted to test if this functionality supports a cloud only hybrid Azure RemoteApp deployment without the need of AD domain controllers in Azure IaaS.
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User Environment Management in Azure RemoteApp – Part 1

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In the coming series of blogposts, I want to focus on User Environment Management. In Azure RemoteApp the settings of users are saved in a User Profile Disk (UPD). This User Profile disk is a dedicated VHD file which is mounted during the logon process. The User will not see his profile as a separate disk so the user sees no difference between a normal profile and the User Profile disk. Unfortunately, at this moment it’s not possible to disable the User Profile disk in Azure RemoteApp. This could be useful when you want to user other User Profile management solutions like: Microsoft User Experience Virtualization, AppSense Desktop Now and RES ONE Workspace. In this series I want to look into these solutions and if we can use them together with the User Profile Disk in Azure RemoteApp.

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Azure RemoteApp Custom Image Licensing Error

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When you create your custom Image for Azure RemoteApp you have to install the RDS Session Host Role. When this role is installed and not connected to a license server your licensing Grace Period will start. When you decide to make change based in this image you will end up in a situation where your grace period is expired. If you use Azure as your source for creating your Master Images you could get the following error when you connect want to make changes to your Master Image:

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Monitor your Azure RemoteApp environment with OpInsight – Part 4

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In this final post of the series ‘Monitor your Azure RemoteApp environment with OpInsight’ I want to take a look in how we can monitor the User Profile Disks. The User Profile disk mechanism is used to save ‘personal’ data of users in Azure RemoteApp. Each user will get a 50 GB User Profile Disk (VHD) which will be mounted during the logon process of the user. In this blogpost I want to focus on how we can monitor the usage of the User Profile Disk by using the Near-Realtime-Performance monitoring functionality of OpInsight.
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