Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop

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Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop

Course Overview:

This course teaches Azure administrators how to plan, deliver, and manage virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure. Lessons include implementing and managing networking for Azure Virtual Desktop, configuring host pools and session hosts, creating session host images, implementing, and managing FSLogix, monitoring Azure Virtual Desktop performance and health, and automating Azure Virtual Desktop management tasks. Students will learn through a mix of demonstrations and hands-on lab experiences deploying virtual desktop experiences and apps on Azure Virtual Desktop and optimizing them to run in multi-session virtual environments. Candidates of this course must have solid Azure administration skills. This course assumes prior experience, including virtualization, networking, identity, storage, backup and restore, and disaster recovery. Students should have knowledge of on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure technologies as they relate to migrating to Azure Virtual Desktop. Students are expected to have used the tools common to the Azure environment, such as the Azure PowerShell and Cloud Shell.

Who Should Attend?

Students for AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop are interested in delivering applications on Azure Virtual Desktop and optimizing them to run in multi-session virtual environments. As an Azure Virtual Desktop administrator, you will closely with the Azure Administrators and Architects, along with Microsoft 365 Administrators. Azure Virtual Desktop administrator responsibilities include planning, deploying, packaging, updating, and maintaining the Azure Virtual Desktop infrastructure. They also create session host images, implement and manage FSLogix, monitor Azure Virtual Desktop performance, and automate Azure Virtual Desktop management tasks.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Content:

MODULE 1: Azure Virtual Desktop Architecture
Azure Virtual Desktop for the enterprise
Azure Virtual Desktop components
Personal and pooled desktops
Service updates for Azure Virtual Desktop desktops
Azure limitations for Azure Virtual Desktop
Virtual machine sizing for Azure Virtual Desktop
Azure Virtual Desktop pricing


MODULE 2: Design the Azure Virtual Desktop architecture
Assess network capacity and speed requirements for Azure Virtual Desktop
Azure Virtual Desktop Experience Estimator
Recommend an operating system for an Azure Virtual Desktop implementation
Balancing host pools
Recommendations for using subscriptions and management groups
Configure a location for the Azure Virtual Desktop metadata
Recommend a configuration for performance requirements


MODULE 3: Design for user identities and profiles
Select an appropriate licensing model for Azure Virtual Desktop based on requirements
Personal and multi-session desktop scenarios
Recommend an appropriate storage solution
Plan for a desktop client deployment
Plan for Azure Virtual Desktop client deployment – Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
Windows Desktop client to multiple devices
Hybrid Identity with Azure Active Directory
Plan for Azure Active Directory (AD) Connect for user identities


MODULE 4: Implement and manage networking for Azure Virtual Desktop
Implement Azure virtual network connectivity
Manage connectivity to the internet and on-premises networks
Understanding Azure Virtual Desktop network connectivity
Implement and manage network security for Azure Virtual Desktop
Configure Azure Virtual Desktop session hosts using Azure Bastion
Monitor and troubleshoot network connectivity for Azure Virtual Desktop
Plan and implement Remote Desktop Protocol Shortpath
Configure Remote Desktop Protocol Shortpath for managed networks
Configure Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security for RDP Shortpath
Plan and implement Quality of Service for Azure Virtual Desktop


MODULE 5: Implement and manage storage for Azure Virtual Desktop
Storage for FSLogix components
Configure storage for FSLogix components
Configure storage accounts
Create file shares
Configure disks


MODULE 6: Create and configure host pools and session hosts for Azure Virtual Desktop
Automate creation of an Azure Virtual Desktop host pool using PowerShell
Configure host pool assignment type
Customize Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) properties for a host pool
Manage licensing for session hosts that run Windows client
Deploying Azure AD-joined virtual machines in Azure Virtual Desktop


MODULE 7: Create and manage session host image for Azure Virtual Desktop
Create a managed virtual machine (VM) image
Modify a session host image
Plan for image update and management
Create and use an Azure Compute Gallery using the portal
Create an Azure Virtual Desktop image by using VM Image Builder
Install Microsoft 365 Apps on a master Virtual Hard Disk image
Install language packs in Azure Virtual Desktop


MODULE 8: Manage access for Azure Virtual Desktop
Role-based access control (RBAC) for Azure Virtual Desktop
Plan and implement Azure roles and role-based access control (RBAC) for Azure Virtual Desktop
Using Azure Virtual Desktop with Microsoft Intune
Configuring screen capture protection for Azure Virtual Desktop


MODULE 9: Manage security for Azure Virtual Desktop
Plan and implement Conditional Access policies for connections to Azure Virtual Desktop
Plan and implement multifactor authentication (MFA) in Azure Virtual Desktop
Understand Conditional Access policy components
Manage security by using Azure Security Center
Security posture management and threat protection


MODULE 10: Implement and manage FSLogix
Plan for FSLogix
FSLogix profile containers and Azure files
Install FSLogix
Storage options for FSLogix profile containers
Profile Container vs Office Container
Configure Office Containers
Installing Microsoft Office using FSLogix application containers
Configure Cloud Cache
Configure Profile Containers
Create a profile container with Azure NetApp Files and capacity pool
Manage Rule Sets and application masking


MODULE 11: Configure user experience settings
Virtual desktop optimization principles
Persistent virtual desktop environments
Configure user settings through group policies
Configure user settings through Endpoint Manager policies
Configure session timeout properties
Configure device redirections
Configure Universal Print
Implement the Start Virtual Machine on Connect feature
Troubleshoot user profile issues
Troubleshoot Azure Virtual Desktop clients


MODULE 12: Install and configure apps on a session host
MSIX app attach
How MSIX app attach works
Set up a file share for MSIX app attach
Upload MSIX images to Azure NetApp Files in Azure Virtual Desktop
How to configure apps for users
Using the OneDrive sync app on virtual desktops
Using Microsoft Teams on Azure Virtual desktop
Publish built-in apps in Azure Virtual Desktop
Troubleshoot application issues for Azure Virtual Desktop


MODULE 13: Plan for disaster recovery
Disaster recovery for Azure Virtual Desktop
Virtual machine replication
FSLogix configuration


MODULE 14: Automate Azure Virtual Desktop management tasks
Scale session hosts using Azure Automation
Create or update an Azure Automation account
Create an Azure Automation Run As account
Create the Azure Logic App and execution schedule


MODULE 15: Monitor and manage performance and health
Monitor Azure Virtual Desktop by using Azure Monitor
Log Analytics workspace for Azure Monitor
Monitor Azure Virtual Desktop by using Azure Advisor
How to resolve Azure Advisor recommendations
Diagnose graphics performance issues

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