Advanced Conditional Access Policies for AVD
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by Travis Roberts
1w ago
Entra ID Conditional Access Policies are an excellent option for managing Multifactor Authentication, but there is more to it than MFA.  This video follows a previous video on using Conditional Access policies to require MFA when accessing AVD.  We expand on the concepts of the previous video by configuring the policy for different conditions, such as hybrid Entra ID joined devices and logging in from a known public IP.  After that, we create a policy to block access from specific devices and logins from outside the country. Links Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https ..read more
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How to Configure a Conditional Access Policy for AVD
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by Travis Roberts
2w ago
Enabling multi-factor authentication is one of the first steps any organization should take to secure the environment.  But, not all applications are created equally.  You may need to provide different requirements based on who logs in and to a given application.  This video demonstrates how to configure a conditional access policy in Entra ID that applies to users logging into Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD).  This video shows how to use the what-if tool to determine how the policy is applied at a user’s login.  After that, we look at report-only mode to determine when th ..read more
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How to Send Entra ID Logs to Log Analytics
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by Travis Roberts
3w ago
We can view Entra ID log data from the portal, but that is only available for 30 days.  We may want to store important log data like sign in activity and risky user actions for more than 30 days.  Or we may need to send that data to other systems for future analysis and storage.  This video goes over how to send Entra ID logs to Log Analytics.  It starts with setting up a new Log Analytics workspace, then configuring logging to the workspace.  Finally, we run queries in Log Analytics to verify logging is enabled. Links Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https://w ..read more
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How to Review and Search AVD Insights Data
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by Travis Roberts
1M ago
You deployed AVD Insights and are collecting data, now what?  This video is a guide to reviewing and searching the AVD insights workbooks available in Azure Virtual Desktop.  We start with AVD Insights at Scale to get an aggregated view of data across your host pools.  Then we review Session Host data in Insights at the host pool level.  Finally, we look at an example of how to search for data related to a specific user. Links Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https://www.udemy.com/course/zero-to-hero-with-windows-virtual-desktop/?referralCode=B2FE49E6FCEE7A7EA8D4 Hy ..read more
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Migrate AVD Insights to the New Azure Monitor Agent
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by Travis Roberts
1M ago
The legacy Microsoft Monitor Agent (MMA) for Log Analytics retires in August of 2024.  Many have already deployed the MMA agent to collect data for AVD insights.  This video goes over two options to move an Azure Virtual Desktop host pool from the MMA client to the new Azure Monitor Agent (AMA). Links Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https://www.udemy.com/course/zero-to-hero-with-windows-virtual-desktop/?referralCode=B2FE49E6FCEE7A7EA8D4 Hybrid Identity with Windows AD and Azure AD https://www.udemy.com/course/hybrid-identity-and-azure-active-directory/?referralCode=7F62C4C6F ..read more
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Getting Started With AVD Insights and the Azure Monitor Agent
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by Travis Roberts
1M ago
Monitoring is important for any infrastructure, including AVD.  Microsoft provides a tool for managing AVD called AVD Insights.  This tool uses Log Analytics to store performance and event information sent from the host pool, workspace and session host VM’s.  This video reviews how to configure AVD Insights using the Azure Monitoring Agent (AMA). Links: Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https://www.udemy.com/course/zero-to-hero-with-windows-virtual-desktop/?referralCode=B2FE49E6FCEE7A7EA8D4 Hybrid Identity with Windows AD and Azure AD https://www.udemy.com/course/hybrid-i ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Azure Premium SSD V2 Disks
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by Travis Roberts
1M ago
Microsoft recently announced the availability of Azure Premium SSD V2 disks.  These are a great and economical option for high-performance workloads in Azure.  This video starts with a description of the problem Premium SSD V2 disk solve, then we compare the price and configuration with Premium SSD Disks.  We also review how to deploy a VM with a Premium SSD V2 disk and how to create one to attach to an existing VM. Links Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Desktop https://www.udemy.com/course/zero-to-hero-with-windows-virtual-desktop/?referralCode=B2FE49E6FCEE7A7EA8D4 Hybrid Ident ..read more
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What are RBAC Roles in Azure and How to Use Them
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by Travis Roberts
2M ago
Introduction In this post and accompanying video, we review Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) roles, exploring what they are and how they play a crucial role in managing access within Microsoft Entra ID and Azure.  This high-level overview aims to give you a fundamental understanding of this concept in the context of Microsoft’s cloud services. Authentication vs. Authorization We start with distinguishing authentication and authorization.  Authentication is the process of proving an identity, whether it’s a person, group, device, or other security principles.  Authentication in ..read more
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Create a Virtual Switch and Virtual Machine in Hyper-V
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by Travis Roberts
2M ago
Once we have Windows Server and Hyper-V on new hardware, the next step is to create a virtual network and add a VM.  This video goes over the basics of Hyper-V networking, including External, Internal, and Private virtual switches.  Then we walk through the installation of a Windows Server 2022 VM from an ISO. Links Free Azure guide!  Subscribe to the newsletter https://subscribepage.io/rbsIjt Hybrid Identity with Windows AD and Azure AD https://www.udemy.com/course/hybrid-identity-and-azure-active-directory/?referralCode=7F62C4C6FD05C73ACCC3 Zero to Hero with Azure Virtual Des ..read more
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Can a PIN be safer than a Password?
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by Travis Roberts
3M ago
Introduction In today’s digital landscape, where remote workers are the norm, ensuring the security of our computer systems is paramount. This blog post will explore the advantages of using a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with Windows Hello for Business, highlighting why it can be a safer alternative to traditional complex passwords. Authentication Basics Before delving into the benefits of a PIN, let’s review some authentication basics. Traditionally, users have relied on a combination of usernames and complex passwords stored in a directory service like Windows AD or Entra ID. Howeve ..read more
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