Az Update: New Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities, NFS support for Azure Blob Storage, and more!
Published Jul 31 2020 03:00 AM 6,286 Views

This week some important Windows Virtual Desktop features moved to be generally available (hello audio and video redirection!), the Android Remote Desktop client now also supports WVD and Azure AD App Proxy now supports the Remote Desktop Services web client,. Azure Blob storage announced (in preview) connectivity using the Network File System 3.0 protocol. And the Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service now supports locking down ingress access to devices connecting via a specified virtual network.



Windows Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop


New Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities now generally available

New Windows Virtual Desktop capabilities now GA including Azure portal integration for deployment / management and new audio/video redirection capabilities providing seamless meeting and collaboration experience for Microsoft Teams.

Windows Virtual Desktop blade in the Azure PortalWindows Virtual Desktop blade in the Azure Portal


Remote Desktop client for Android now supports Windows Virtual Desktop connections

The new Remote Desktop client for Android now supports Windows Virtual Desktop connections. This new client (version 10.0.7 or later) features refreshed UI flows for an improved user experience.


The app also integrates with Microsoft Authenticator on the device to enable conditional access when subscribing to Windows Virtual Desktop workspaces. View the announcement here.


Azure AD Application Proxy now supports the Remote Desktop Services web client

You can now use the RDS web client even when App Proxy provides secure remote access to RDS. The web client works on any HTML5-capable browser such as Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox (v55.0 and later). You can push full desktops or remote apps to the Remote Desktop web client. The remote apps are hosted on the virtualized machine but appear as if they’re running on the user's desktop like local applications. The apps also have their own taskbar entry and can be resized and moved across monitors.

How Azure AD App Proxy works in an RDS deploymentHow Azure AD App Proxy works in an RDS deployment

Learn about the requirement to update your App Proxy connectors and configure RDS to work with App Proxy.


NFS 3.0 support for Azure Blob storage is now in preview

Azure Blob storage is the only storage platform that supports the Network File System 3.0 protocol over object storage, natively (with no gateway or data copying required), with crucial object storage economics. This is great news if you need to preserve your legacy data access methods but want to migrate the underlying storage to Azure Blob storage. It also enables you to re-use the same code from on-premises solutions to access files. Learn more, including how to mount a blob container using NFS 3.0.


Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service VNET ingress support is now available

The Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service VNET ingress support feature  enables users to lock down DPS ingress access to devices connecting through a specific VNET. DPS egress to IoT Hub uses an internal service-to-service mechanism and does not currently operate over a dedicated VNET.


This core new capability improves the connectivity security  and is of special significance to those in the industrial and enterprise sectors with stringent network and compliance requirements. View the documentation Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS) support for virtual networks.


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  • What’s New in Azure for IT—Azure Reservations and Spot VMs
    Watch demos of Azure reservations and Azure Spot Virtual Machines, to see how these services can help you reduce spending. You’ll also learn how to set budgets, optimize costs, and monitor resource usage with Azure Cost Management and Azure Advisor.
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    The Melbourne Azure Meetup Group will deliver a crash course on Windows Virtual desktop, its features, and functionalities. You will learn about WVD authentication option, storage options for user profile container, Teams integration, WVD monitoring and security. After attending this session, you will be in a better position to assess and implement WVD.


MS Learn Module of the Week


This week we couldn’t decide, so it’s TWO modules of the week, both about Azure Resource Manager templates.



  • Deploy to multiple Azure environments by using ARM templates
    Now you understand how ARM templates work, in this module you make your ARM template reusable for different environments by adding variables and expressions via Resource Manager functions. You also add better tracking and organization of your deployed resources by using tags. You complete the goal of improving the flexibility of your deployments by using parameter files.


Those were our highlights this week – tell us about yours! Was something else on the Azure announcements blog relevant to you? Will these announcements help your organization this week? Let us know in the comments.








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