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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