WVD – #6 – Windows Virtual Desktop Management

Image: WVD laptop close on hands of user
By Mark Ison on

WVD. How do I manage it?

WVD management, if I’m completely honest, is probably the weakest aspect of the service right now. Currently there is no out-of-the-box, native portal, but I’ll get to that later. As with everything these days, PowerShell is the most powerful management tool out there. The module used for WVD is Microsoft.RDInfra.RDPowershell, and is installed using the Install-Module command. When starting a new PowerShell session, start by using the following commands:

Import-Module -Name Microsoft.RDInfra.RDPowerShell

Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl "https://rdbroker.wvd.microsoft.com"

This will initiate the connection to the WVD service and prompt for a service administrator to sign in. Once done you can carry out any required management tasks like user assignment, RemoteApp publishing, Host Pool creation, etc… The full set of available commands can be found at this Microsoft page.

But what if I don’t like PowerShell?

Right now, the most comprehensive and stable management tool is provided by Citrix.
The latest releases of Citrix have included the ability to manage WVD hosts and resources using their tried and trusted management tools. This is fine as long as you have an up-to-date Citrix environment, a cost that many customers are finding difficult to justify.

Image: WVD Citrix management screen

But I don’t like PowerShell and don’t have Citrix!

That’s ok too. The final alternative is perfectly capable, if not a little limited in functionality and a little unstable. It comes in the form of an Azure App Service that’s deployed through an Azure Resource Template on GitHub. To be fair, the tool is described as a “sample” that is intended for further development of required functionality. The service gets deployed to an S1 App Service Plan by default but can be altered to a lower tier once deployment is completed. Many customers move it to the F1 dev/test tier so that they can evaluate it for free.

Image: WVD Tenants screen

Adding, deleting, restarting, draining hosts, creating App Groups, publishing RemoteApps and assigning users are just some of the management tasks that can be performed with this tool. For deployment, Microsoft have provided a pretty straightforward deployment guide.

Will management ever be available through the Azure Portal?

In short, yes. Although I personally haven’t seen anything official, word is that WVD will be getting either its own dedicated management portal or inclusion into the wider Azure Portal. Keep an eye out here and I’ll update you all when we get some confirmation and expected availability.

Stay tuned for the final blog in this series of 7

 

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