September / October 2022 community sessions
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by Ryan Mangan
5M ago
See the following table detailing my Community speaking engagements for September and October 2022. Date Session Name Event Link 01/09/2022 Customizing an Azure Master Image AVDTECHFEST AVD TechFest 2022 – AVD TechFest 2021 – Live in Amsterdam 01/09/2022 Preparing for the AZ140 Exam AVDTECHFEST AVD TechFest 2022 – AVD TechFest 2021 – Live in Amsterdam 04/09/2022 The Impact of not selecting the right Azure VM Size for Windows Virtual Desktop Azure Back to School Azure Back to School – Sessions 2022 – Azure Back to School 05/09/2022 Mastering Azure Virtual Desktop: Webinar with Ryan M ..read more
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MSIX app attach Packaging Flow Chart
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
This post details the native options you have when it comes to creating MSIX images for MSIX app attach (MSIXaa). It is important to note that MSIX app attach is not just for Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) however AVD was the product platform MSIX app attach was initially launched on. MSIXaa works by essentially attaching a disk or cim (MSIX Image) and then registering the applications that reside on the MSIX image using native operating system API’s. MSIXaa is also known as dynamic application delivery, as the technology offers improved ways IT admins can dynamically deliver applications to user ..read more
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Mastering Azure Virtual Desktop
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
I am pleased to announce a new book “Mastering Azure Virtual Desktop: The ultimate guide to the implementation and management of Azure Virtual Desktop” ready for preorder on both Packt’s site and Amazon. This has been one of my Main covid19 projects where I have worked to put together a comprehensive book that covers all the core topics of Azure Virtual Desktop. I also based the book on the Exam requirements ensuring that all the sections cover the required exam content for the Az140 exam. The aim was to provide a resource to the industry that assists you as a reference guide as well as provid ..read more
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Results From Benchmark Tests Completed on AVD and Cloud PC Virtual Machines
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction Over the last couple of weeks, I have been testing the performance differences of Azure Virtual Machines and Windows 365 based on a set of specific criteria. This included CPU architecture, Physical hardware as in PC Virtual Machine, Microsoft Azure, Windows 365 and operating system types including Windows10, Windows11 and Server 2022. I also wanted to understand what the difference was between an optimised and un-optimized operating system image and if there are any real benefits besides density. In this article we will take a look at the summary test data and results of my findi ..read more
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MSIX App Attach – Free Book Promotion Sept 6-10th 2021
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction I wrote the introduction to MSIX app attach at the end of last year (2020) to share my thoughts and initial testing completed. The book was also updated with additional content in FEB/March this year. As a give back to the community, I wanted to run a free book promotion so that the community can learn more about Dynamic application Delivery inside and outside of Azure Virtual Desktop. I also note that Citrix has recently announced support enabling Citrix customers to take full advantage of Dynamic application delivery using MSIX app attach as well as the launch of server 2022 inc ..read more
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AVD Quick Start Guide on – to Start VM Connect
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction This quick step artcle shows you how to configure “Start VM Connect” in Azure Virtual Desktop. Steps The first step is to navigate to your subscription and then click Access control. Once you are in the Access Control blade, select “Add Custom role“ You will then see the “Create a custom role” appear. A this point, you need to download the provided Json file here. No need to enter a custom name or description, just Select “Start from Json” and use the following file Json file downloaded to configure the custom role. Once uploaded, click Review + Create Please note upon importing ..read more
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Windows365 – First look at MimiKatz
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Disclaimer : This post documents some of my findings when carrying out my own research and understanding the threat of Credential Grabbing. This was also to provide awareness to the End-user Computing community regarding this issue. Links to tools and some of the specifics around the attack have been deliberately omitted from this article. However, you should have the appropriate knowledge and skill of using exploit and vulnerability testing tools before adventuring down the path of playing with security exploit tools. Any use is at your own risk! Introduction I recently read about Mimikatz an ..read more
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Azure Virtual Desktop Quick Guide to the Getting started Wizard
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction In this article we will take a look at deploying a Azure Virtual Desktop environment using the Quick start feature “AVD QuickStart”. I will be deploying to an Existing Active Directory in this example. You will need to ensure, that your network and Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) is configured before starting. Here is a breakdown of the requirements and benefits of using AVD QuickStart. Requirements: Active Azure subscription Azure AD tenant An account with Global Admin permissions on Azure AD (MSA and guest accounts are not supported) An account with Owner permissions on ..read more
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A Quick start to Enabling MFA for Windows365
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction This is a quick article to show you how to configure MFA with a conditional Access policy for Windows365. Please note that I am using Windows 365 Business and a developer licence from Microsoft. https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/dev-program Steps: These high level steps will guide you through the process of setting up MFA and creating a conditional access policy for Windows 365. Within the Microsoft 365 portal, Navigate to Users > Active Users > Then select Multifactor Authentication. 2. Enable MFA for the users in question. This can be done by selecting ..read more
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Windows365 Performance benchmarking
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by Ryan Mangan
1y ago
Introduction This article looks at the performance metrics of Windows 365, aka the cloud PC. The desired outcome of these tests was to understand the overall performance metrics, including limitations for a Cloud PC user. Benchmark testing can provide an insight into how applications would behave and perform in a production environment. For example, the overall impact to compute resources, including the Virtual Central Processing unit (vCPU), Random Access Memory (RAM), and Disk bandwidth. Finally, for my understanding, I wanted to understand the user experience and whether the CloudPC (Busine ..read more
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