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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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┬ábased on the experience of this last project.
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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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New Blogposts are coming!

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The last month it was really quiet on my blog. The reason for this was that several projects took all my spare time. Since these project are now on track I can start blogging again. You can expect in the coming weeks blogposts about the following topics:

  • Blogpost about the ‘Publish applications to individual users in an Azure RemoteApp collection (Preview)’;
  • Last part of the User Environment Management blog series covering RES Workspace Management Suite;
  • Blogpost about saving your Users data in the cloud with Azure RemoteApp and Office365.

Beside blogging on my own blog I’m also one of the bloggers of the Microsoft Operations Management Suit blog which you can find here. On this blog you will find a lot of information regarding the Operations Management Suite. My focus on this blog will be using OMS to monitor you RDS or Azure RemoteApp environment.

Hope to see you back in the coming weeks!

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!

My Blog: 2015 in review

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This year I’ve blogged more than last year. I really like sharing my knowledge with the community. This year I also changed the focus of my blog to Remote Desktop Service, Enterprise Mobility Suite and the Operations Management Suite. I want to share some statistics of this year with you. This blogpost will also be the last blogpost of this year! Continue reading

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

Azure Custom Roles supports AGDLP Principle

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Last week Microsoft introduced the Azure Custom Roles functionality in their Role Based Access model. We now have the possibility to create custom Roles for granting access to resources on Microsoft Azure. Looking to RBAC this is a very nice addition and really powerful. A lot of companies have invested in AGDLP in their on premise Active Directory. Today I’ve tested if this investment can be re-used when granting permissions based on these groups to custom roles in Azure.
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