18: AVD Monthly: July 2022 Updates

Aug 16, 2022

These sessions discuss the following topics, blogs, and support articles: What’s new in Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop updates on a regular basis. This article is where you’ll find out about:

  • The latest updates
  • New features
  • Improvements to existing features
  • Bug fixes

This article is updated monthly. Make sure to check back here often to keep up with new updates.

Host: Andy Whiteside
Co-Host: Moin Kahn
Co-Host: Greg Roberson

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Andy Whiteside: Hello everyone, welcome to episode 18 of add monthly every host Andy whiteside lucky to have Greg Roberts with me roberson sorry Greg I told myself, not to say that.

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Andy Whiteside: Around setting and Greg is with nerdy mow and moe and con is the global ctos INTEGRA my one is with us as well Greg your title again.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Enterprise sales engineer.

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Andy Whiteside: Enterprise sales engineer my favorite job of all time well the sales engineer job.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: it’s fun.

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Andy Whiteside: For sure is.

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Andy Whiteside: It really is you get to go play with all the new Toys and tell people about it.

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Andy Whiteside: exactly know.

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Andy Whiteside: What do you been up to you.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Not a whole lot okay got quite a few new features in the product, and one of them has a is still in private preview but it’s been a big ask called cost attribution that we’ve come out with Okay, as well as some other enhancements in the last deployment afforded to that came out.

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Andy Whiteside: yeah well let’s stick with the you know the the moral or the the the another framework of the podcast will knock out the add stuff from Microsoft and we’ll jump into the video updates.

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Andy Whiteside: I think what we’re going to find is a little bit of Microsoft stuff got done, which you know, is a lot.

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Andy Whiteside: i’m not trying to trivialize it and a whole bunch of nerdy stuff happened as well mo in what’s going on your world.

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Moin Khan: i’m.

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Moin Khan: Really excited with where nobody is or add is going with nor do.

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Moin Khan: I feel a lot of enhancement July was a bit month.

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Moin Khan: I feel a lot of pain points and things that customer were talking about has been addressed and I can’t wait to talk more about and learn from our insider on what other things being added, and how it’s going to provide value to our customers.

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Andy Whiteside: hate mode I know you’ve done a couple of big rollouts of add plus Nordea what’s the one feature that has been the biggest needle mover or are there are there just a bunch of features compounded that make it good plus.

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Moin Khan: auto scaling is the biggest one so far that vc, especially with doing rollout with customer where we did initial rollout of around 3500.

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Moin Khan: Our DVD desktop using power Shell script this was eight nine months long project.

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Moin Khan: Where we were able to script the whole thing into end, but it was a painful process.

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Moin Khan: Now still even after doing the image management, which is something that we were able to do it through scripting and power Shell are that’s something that we always struggled on auto scaling part that’s something that that I feel is the biggest one.

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Moin Khan: That where I push most of our customer that Microsoft will never like to have scalability on auto scaling of feature, because they are getting consumption but from a customer perspective, it makes a lot of sense to have this functionality in there.

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Andy Whiteside: So anyway you’re really pointing out is it’s a it’s a conundrum for Microsoft they want more as your consumption, how much sense, does it make to make it easy not to consume.

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Andy Whiteside: It right now.

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Andy Whiteside: Greg would you would you say that’s one of the biggest that you add you see over and over again.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: I would you know add is an entry point for a lot of other customers and.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: If the customers looking to save money and auto scale is the way to do it they’ll eventually.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: sign up for more services within azure as I get additionally comfortable with add.

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Andy Whiteside: No well let’s uh let’s go through the July 2022 updates and we’ll jump into you know some of the more important video updates, so the first one here is scheduled agent updates now generally available, that is, the the agent within the virtual desktop that we’re talking about.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: That is, that is.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So prior to this update in Microsoft the agents kind of had their own mind and updated whenever they decided they wanted update.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: With this new scheduled update which we do have integrated into Nordea as well, you can define in azure a primary and a secondary schedule.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: For updating those agents and that window is a two hour window for each one of those maintenance windows so there’s a primary and then a secondary in the event that those virtual machines are not turned on to get it, the next time.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: With Nordea.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: With nerdy Oh, and our auto scale capabilities and automation were able to just set that with one schedule turn them all on get them all updated and then shut them back down in a.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: orderly fashion as quickly as possible to ensure that doesn’t cost, any more than it should.

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Andy Whiteside: Mona nia comments on what microsoft’s done here, and then any real world experience either Microsoft or no do.

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Moin Khan: I think I agree, this is something that I always feel to understand how not you can be the best friend and worst enemy for Microsoft, because all these features are really exciting and from customer side I see how it has benefit i’m not sure how Microsoft likes it.

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Moin Khan: But these are game changer features for customers, where they have been waiting for these options for you remember, we had these this option available in citrix at one point, and such as decided they want to pull it out.

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Moin Khan: Only for one release and they had to put it right back on and they had to roll out release just just for this schedule update, so this is a very important features.

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Moin Khan: feature that that every customer who’s running virtualization environment they need and i’m really glad to see that making it.

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Moin Khan: into going for a GA no.

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Andy Whiteside: Well, the next thing on here is a fs logics.

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Andy Whiteside: Hot fix to mono you have a lot of experience with as long as you want to just give our listeners, just a quick insight into what it is and then let’s talk about what they fixed here.

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Moin Khan: A one point absence and you want it, these were the big profile management solution where customers were paying big money to go and deploy this thing.

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Moin Khan: Everyone knows that pain for local profile mandatory roaming and all those issues were addressed by he wanted an absence coming in fx logic.

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Moin Khan: came in, or to the same level of flexibility and control and corruption control that that comes with a.

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Moin Khan: profile and the nature of virtualization for the vdi is now that we are in our Microsoft acquired it they made it part of their offices 65 and 65 package and that that this is one thing that has.

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Moin Khan: saved tons of challenges in terms of corruption and profile bloating and those things, and I believe that integration of physiologic in an audio and add and giving you more control on.

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Moin Khan: Our on caching and and then tracking of files and registry cleanup and all those things, this is, this is a good feature, and with this hot fix I think they’re trying to clean up and make it more more usable for already customs.

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Andy Whiteside: Know Greg you’ve probably been around all this long enough to seen before and after before fs logics and after right.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: A little bit yes.

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Andy Whiteside: i’m your take on how this applies in an add world you know, without it, are you.

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Andy Whiteside: Are you just pretty much like my personal take right with outlook, especially all the cash you just really can’t do virtual non persistent desktops without fs logics Is that true.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: That is true, in essence, within add you bounce around from device to device, you have to have something that manages that profile to move with you so it’s a most definitely a requirement for add.

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Andy Whiteside: Okay next is Japan and Australia metadata service now generally available probably not a lot we can say to make that sound like fun, but I guess.

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Andy Whiteside: Greg you want to just update us just overview of what the metadata portion of a DVD is and and maybe talk about if there’s anything or do does to enhance that even more, and you know the highlight here is, you know that metadata being available on different continents now.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: The metadata has historically been kind of a little bit of a sore spot within the DVD customer base that Microsoft has because originally it was.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Only kept within the US and they finally were able to extend that out to Europe for those countries with the gdpr requirements.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: which was a big, which was a big move, I have to believe that Microsoft has seen the same thing that we have seen, which is a much larger growth in the Japan and Australia area.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And so we welcome that 100% it’s great i’ve got a lot of customers in Australia, but the value in the metadata is information effectively about where your workspaces are your host pools in your host reside.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And it’s just kind of you know, the traffic COP for when you come in to add.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: You have to have a location or you have to store that information somewhere.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Now we’re able to.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: we’re able to store that closer to the customer, hopefully, speeding up your users access overall.

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Andy Whiteside: Do you think that data is limited into these areas, or is it just also available and replicated across the entire plane.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Oh it’s definitely limited to the location, that you define.

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Andy Whiteside: For sure OK.

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Andy Whiteside: So the idea, there is you care about your data, then it’s.

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Andy Whiteside: it’s where you want it to be not where you want to be in everywhere else to.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Right so as an example for Australia, a lot of customers up until about a month ago had to put all this metadata somewhere in the US typically the west coast so there’s a couple of things that help Microsoft From that perspective, this is it reduces some of the load in those.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Regions on either coast back down to where they really need to be so it does relieve some pressure on those regions for those customers as well.

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Andy Whiteside: yeah yeah.

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Andy Whiteside: Mon any comments on metadata.

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Moin Khan: Well, not really I think this is more just shows how.

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Moin Khan: From from the product perspective, how they are growing and now trying to keep everything in one location was is.

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Moin Khan: The expansion and growth that they’re seeing in Australia and Japan and other places, this is this is more, I think.

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Moin Khan: This is more on data so Wednesday and those courses and showing the piece, that is growing.

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Moin Khan: Now i’m not sure if.

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Andy Whiteside: We have any international right, I mean add is becoming international and.

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Andy Whiteside: It has brought us like nerdy oak and rod that rod that backbone.

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Andy Whiteside: yeah without having to having to admit at all.

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Andy Whiteside: Okay um so you guys are probably either one of you have to give us a little background on storage blog image type and how that’s I believe was really on the way to do it and then now it’s not Greg is that something that you’ve got insight into.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: I do not, unfortunately.

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Andy Whiteside: Melinda you understand the storage blah blah image type and the history behind that.

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Moin Khan: um yes, I do.

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Moin Khan: And this is something that the previous deployment, that I was talking about that we did last year.

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Moin Khan: On large scale rollout when we were doing, we were using a blob sort of blob for storing all these things into image and now this thing is moving into.

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Moin Khan: More.

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Moin Khan: Storage type of company where this gives us more faster stories to load it i’m not sure.

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Moin Khan: If there was any value for Microsoft store everything into blob of this just gives us opportunity to bring in more.

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Moin Khan: more advanced storage type of architecture to store this thing and Microsoft is just.

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Moin Khan: slowly moving away from all these managers that.

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Moin Khan: They were trying to store in their in their own law.

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Andy Whiteside: Okay, so more efficient, more higher performance.

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Andy Whiteside: More cost effective if you are able to do it more effectively.

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Moin Khan: Right and only because they are opening up for other storage vendor instead of keeping it closed only for.

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Moin Khan: azure to store it on their blog track they’re just opening it and saying that we are moving away, you can bring it install it whenever you want.

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Andy Whiteside: Okay, and then the final one here on the Microsoft side as your virtual desktop custom configuration changing to power Shell Greg is that that in your wheelhouse.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: That is not we’ve got our own great automation on our side, just just saying.

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Andy Whiteside: Okay, so bear because we go through these, including the blob one with I don’t know that applies here, but if there’s anything that nor do does specific to that.

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Andy Whiteside: So I guess what you’re saying and traditional Nordea fashion here is you don’t have to rely on the virtual desktop custom configuration old school or power cell in this case, which is super capable super.

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Andy Whiteside: You know, a competent and solution, however, you have no do in place you don’t have to be intimidated by power Shell because they’re do is going to enable you to do it, is that you’re saying.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: yeah absolutely I do remember the days of AV wv classic at the time when it was all power Shell that was very arduous to get done so.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: One of the reasons why I love, nor do we do it all automatically for you.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Know power shell.

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Andy Whiteside: required, then when you see automatically it is automatic leads through a ui of some type.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Well, not so much the customer, I mean nerdy already does all the custom configuration right we’ve already had all of that built into the ui for since day one.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: This is just this is just a little bit of Microsoft trying to catch up with some additional customizations that they’re seeing in the marketplace and customers asking for.

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Andy Whiteside: Now, and thumb any thoughts comments on this one.

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Moin Khan: i’m.

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Moin Khan: not really I think this is, this is a minor update or Microsoft so.

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Andy Whiteside: And you know when in doubt you know Microsoft got power Shell commandments command lets command command lets underneath all this and.

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Andy Whiteside: You know when they expose though that’s when you expose those that’s when you can you know get really magical about what you’re doing in any of the Microsoft product sets.

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Andy Whiteside: You know, go back to nerdy oh that’s opportunity for them to shine and make it more administrator friendly for those who just want to be able to do it through a through a system.

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Andy Whiteside: Well guys that’s all the updates that Microsoft had for July 2022 i’m going to pop over here and bring up the the nerve to latest release information and Greg you and I tell us a the, the most important features, I see this is from 715 2022 so July, of course.

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Andy Whiteside: What are the top let’s say 567 that you would highlight.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So the first one that’s really a big one, and we’ve gotten a lot of requests from on customers are, how can I.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: determine not only how much i’m spending in as a virtual desktop but how can I allocate that for.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: charge backs to different departments in organizations.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Our first one on the list there is cost it’s actually called cost attribution reporting.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: provide you per user cost reporting, as well as information on so we Nordea is going to collect the costs related to your va loans your desks your storage accounts with fs logics images.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: As well as your network cost related to add your log analytics cost, as well as the cost for nerdy oh running on past services in your environment.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And with our option we’re able to effectively give you the ability to create three basic different reports, one being uniform, so how would you like to spread that cost across your users uniformly.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: is one option proportional if you have a handful of users, that use as a virtual desktop more often than some of your other users they’ll get a higher ratio of that cost because they use it more.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Or you can just simply leave it fully allocated, but we also will provide you, the total number of sessions.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: As well as session hours average sessions per user average session durations and one specifically thing specific thing is our total vm running hours, this is going to be the percentage of session hours.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: or I should say percentage of session hours is the ratio of the vm running hours in related to total session hours.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So i’m going to quote perfect.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: The efficient personal desktop environment, you want it, you want to see that value to be somewhere around 100%.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: which indicates your visions are very or your environment is set up very, very well and very efficient from a multi user environment.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: You typically want to see that number below 100% because you have more users per virtual machine anything over 100% is going to indicate that you’re.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Not efficiently configured from a multi user session environment but you’re able to export those logs.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: and run those on a monthly basis to get an idea of your entire total cost related to add and that’s been a huge request for many customers even back in the day from when I was at Microsoft.

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Andy Whiteside: And so Greg this isn’t some free calculator configure rater thing is telling you what might be this is what’s actually happening.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: This is your actual data so we’re taking effectively what we do is we’ve got quite a few.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: azure tags that we assigned to the resources that we’re managing.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And that data gets reported back to log analytics for which we’re pulling that data from log analytics to calculate those costs.

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Andy Whiteside: um yeah I want to ask.

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Andy Whiteside: Is that like an arduous task for the team to go in and configure some of these you know cost per runtime calculate are not the calculations, but the setup but before I do that no and thoughts on the concept just in general.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Oh no so it’ll so it’s interesting that you bring that up so nerdy oh also has an ability, so if your if your customer has a.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: discount agreement with Microsoft right, we can include that discount percentage within our environment that will also be calculated into your total cost right.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So we can take your EA discounts and do that setting it up is actually pretty straightforward, it is currently in private preview.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: right but getting all that information is incredibly difficult from an average azure user perspective right, so you have to have some mechanism to be able to collect it right, the Cousteau queries and all the scripts to get all that information we’ve added that within our solution.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Well, they have partners to do that in, and so they rely on us as a partner to bring that kind of information toward.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Our next option go ahead, I.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: 23 or 23 total but we’ll just go over some of these big ones with the major screenshots personal host full auto grow.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: This is really, really great prior to auto grow and personal hospitals, you had to manually go deploy a vm or deploy a virtual machine.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: A number of ahead of time, maybe over provision what you need in pay extra money.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So with our personal pool auto grow you define how many extra virtual machines, you want to have in standby in as a user gets assigned to a virtual machine, a new user gets assigned to that virtual machine, it will reduce that in this example from three to two.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So that you’re not over provisioning and you’re not necessarily under provision right it automates the process for you quite a bit it makes it makes life, a lot more.

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Andy Whiteside: And so, this isn’t a case where it’s a bunch of pooled you know, a pool of machine, these are individually assigned and as people come in and consume one then it’s theirs, and then you want to keep the keep the ball rolling, so that you don’t run out.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Our next option is remaining host opportunity opportunistic can even say that word opportunistically.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: without forcing users to log off so we’ve had quite a few customer requests indicating they would like to update their host school, but they would like to wait until their users are logged off.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So we can set this to never force a user off and wait up to you know quite a while three four weeks for those users to log off before we shut down the virtual machine and MRI imaging it’s just another additional option in our re imaging automation process.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: The next option we have number five you scroll down just a little bit is going to be our dynamic resource recommendations and filtering.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: This is really more, this is the beginning of more things to come down the line, but this initial initial configuration of recommendations or really at this point is just filtering.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And Whittle that down so that somebody can’t just go in and deploy just anything you can pre define a set of virtual machines that are approved to deploy as a virtual desktop and that’s, the only thing that shows for that user to select.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Our next option moving down pretty small but it’s we’ve had a lot of requests it makes life a lot simpler we’ve had customers try to deploy and then during deployment we find out that hey just ran out of IP addresses we’re now reporting available IP addresses on the selected network.

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Andy Whiteside: don’t know how many times i’ve done that in my lab where I.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Exactly our next option is pre stage os disks for personal desktops, this is a really nice enhancement for those personal desktop pools that are utilizing start virtual machine on connect so when nerdy shuts down a virtual machine, we have the ability to change the status, however.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: When azure start vm on connect starts at vm up it knows nothing about nor do what nerdy is done or the fact that it needs to be a different type of OSS.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So, with this new option provides much more granularity and functionality to that process, so that we will continue to keep the os desk as the running type desk during business hours.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So that if a user logs in in the morning and then logs out, it would change the disk but if they went log back in.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And azure started it up, they would get a slower disk if they have that configured we ensure that that this is the appropriate performance level during business hours eliminating those issues.

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Moin Khan: Now so great, are we duplicating on our storage with this feature that we are keeping copies of two desks.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Next is our custom view groups, this is really minor we just made some changes to our current custom views it’s still the same functionality we’re just calling out the ability to add them into groups themselves rather than individually on the menu bar.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: The pattern comes with to function with two types of patterns either numbers are out the random alphanumeric numeric characters now prior to doing a pattern, we did a prefix and the prefix required you to have a minimum of.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: or i’m a maximum of 10 characters because we added a dash and for alphanumeric characters.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Now you can fully customize the full name up to 15 characters with these patterns in it, you could and the idea with this is, you have to you no longer have to have the dash as a requirement.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: question marks in any combination you want any where, in the name, including multiple times so if you wanted all of your host to start off with.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So if you go to our integration or updates page within video will tell you the version of fs logics that we’re deploying and the version of the ad agent, as well as.

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Andy Whiteside: kind of talked about how I don’t want to say, if you guys were competitive for a DVD but it’s not right you’re just embracing and enabling what they do this this guy should absolutely love all the work you guys are doing monthly to bring the product forward.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: They do we bring a lot of customers, we enable a lot of customers so Microsoft it’s a great thing for them.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Well, absolutely and we’ve got some really big things coming down the Pike in the next six months i’m i’ll be excited to review with you guys when those come out but we’re really, really, increasing the capability of Nordea.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: So it brings more usable functionality more usable customizations to fit in more into an existing environment today right so as an example the naming conventions aren’t typically always.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: A big concern for a customer that starting out Okay, but it’s a big much, much bigger concern for those customers that have already deployed add, and then we come in to help manage it, they still want to stick to some of their naming.

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Andy Whiteside: ability to do that well and i’ll highlight the first 23 things are new things, and then 24 lists nine things that have been you know fixed patch maintained, what have you.

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Andy Whiteside: You guys keep bringing more features and you know fixing the things that need to get fixed every month.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And so, in in like I said they’ve got some big things in store for us in our customers coming down in the next six months.

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Moin Khan: Giving Microsoft utilization was is optimizing it for customer starting and stopping stopping of this are located, the image vm so I feel that is also a big thing.

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Moin Khan: Especially or not knowing our users, how they behave and how they control these desktops so giving them this option of if they have shut down or they have disconnected and your vm server still running.

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Andy Whiteside: Well guys This is great, I appreciate you jumping on well we’ll do it again next month Greg do we expect, oh no the list of things from nor do next month, or should we, is it gonna be like quarter, how do you guys have your release cycles.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Usually on the 15th of every month.

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Moin Khan: Oh yeah so maybe a quick 32nd.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: If there are some issues and there’s workarounds provide you with those workarounds to get it to work once you have have it at that point, it will automatically take that put it into an MSI X.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: format and it often or do automatically Nordea will take that expand that into a virtual disk and put it into the storage, along with the certificate eliminating huge amounts of manual Labor for those users, that are looking to do any of those things.

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Moin Khan: I have customers either relocating their data Center or moving from one version to other version and this always comes up, how do we qualify for application is certified to run on windows seven.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: And it’s not a one time thing right because you’re also going to have updates to those and you’re going to want to verify those updates and then you’re going to want to.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: package those updates and then you’re going to deploy those remote interview fully integrated will do that for you yeah.

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Andy Whiteside: Well mo and we probably need to have an updated webinar on remote three and how it works and have the relationship with no do, in addition to that you may or may not know this, but i’m working on getting TIM mangum.

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Andy Whiteside: megan in team urgent to do a traveling workshop series with with remote three and we’ll run around the country teaching them is MSI X and latest ways to get things done, including remote three so more to come.

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Andy Whiteside: All right, Greg, thank you for joining mo and thank you, as always, and with that we’ll wrap this one up do it again next month.

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Greg groberson@getnerdio.com: Thank you.

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Moin Khan: Thanks.