How to Deploy your ‘Cloud-Only’ RDS environment – Part 4

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This week I made some really nice progress in achieving my end goal: ‘an automated Cloud Only Remote Desktop Services deployment’. This series consists of multiple blogposts, each blogpost covers a section which describes in detail how to configure the used technology. In the first blogpost of the series I described that this series is based on a CloudOnly deployment of RDS 2016 with as much PaaS services as possible and using Azure ARM templates for deploying the resources. The good news is that with all the progress made this week I’ve a working deployment which creates all the resources, configures Storage Spaces Direct as high available storage solution and a high available Remote Desktop Services environment.
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This week’s Remote Desktop Services news

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This small blogpost is dedicated to inform you about an important hotfix and the release of the Remote Desktop Planning poster which is available for some weeks now.

KB3192404 (Preview of Monthly Rollup)

Within this Rollup update a hotfix for the User Profile Mechanism is included. In the article this is described as:

“Addressed issue where the user profile disk (UPD) does not get unmounted when a user logs off. Therefore, users get temporary profiles and are not able to work with their own profiles during their next logon. The Event ID 20491 with a description of “Remote Desktop Services could not disconnect a user disk for the user account with a SID of <SID>. The error code is 0xAA.93″ will be logged”

The preview of this Monthly Quality Rollup update can be found here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3192404.

Remote Desktop Service Planning Poster

The Remote Desktop Services Poster is already some weeks available but I never had the time to mention it in one of my blogposts. This poster covers Planning and Designing a Remote Desktop Services. Beside this phase the poster also covers the Build and Deploy phase as well the Run and Tune phase. This is a very complete overview of Remote Desktop Services 2016.

How to Deploy your ‘Cloud-Only’ RDS environment – Part 3

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In this series of blogposts I’m showing you how you can deploy your ‘Cloud-Only’ RDS environment. This environment consists of as much PaaS services as possible and all components are hosted on Microsoft Azure. In the first blogpost I’ve explained how to create and prepare Azure AD Domain Services together with the corresponding Virtual Networks. In the second post I described the deployment of all Remote Desktop Services resources and roles through an Azure ARM template and explained how the initial configuration can be done from this template. In this blogpost I want to focus on providing high-available storage for hosting the User Profile disks. Since the GA of Windows Server 2016 we can use Storage Spaces Direct for this. So this blogpost describes the deployment and configuration of a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster from an Azure ARM template.

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My Personal ‘EMS / RDS’ Ignite Recap

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Unfortunately this year It was not possible for me to attend the ignite conference. So the news came through the social media platforms to me. One week later I want to summarize some important announcements and news presented on Ignite. Of course the most important announcement was about the General Availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. Windows Server can be download as evaluation from this location and become available on MSDN later this month. But what about other announcements about Remote Desktop Services presented in several sessions on Ignite.
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How to Deploy your ‘Cloud-Only’ RDS environment – Part 2

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In this second blogpost of the series deploying a ‘Cloud-Only’ RDS environment I want to focus on deploying all needed roles on Azure by using an Azure Resource Manager Template. After the deployment of the resources I also want to show how the deployment of the RDS environment itself can be initiated from an ARM template. Part 1 of the series contained the creation of a AzureAD with Domain Services and the VNET peering configuration between the Classic VNET (Needed for AzureAD Domain Services) and the ARM VNET used within the ARM template for the RDS Resources. The steps described in this first blogpost are required to execute the steps in this blogpost.
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