I decided to write a blog post about the upcoming updates for Windows Virtual Desktop. The last few months a lot has been said and shown by Microsoft regarding new features and updates to the WVD platform.
For this information I am relying on what’s publicly available, what I have seen in screenshots and presentations and what Microsoft MVP’s posted on social media.
I am a big fan of Windows Virtual Desktop, there are pro’s and con’s about this Platform-as-a-Service solution hosted by Microsoft but during one of the WVD Proof of Concept implementations I found out that there was no support yet for Thin Clients running on Linux out of the box. With WVD you cannot simple publish an RDP shortcut to the gateway farm, you need some more integrations to make this working.
In a blog from November 2019, Brad Anderson announced they were working on supporting Linux and Microsoft has chosen IGEL to be their hardware partner. The support for WVD has been developed with the use of the Microsoft RD Core Software Development Kit (SDK) preview.
On the 28th of January during the IGEL Disrupt 2020 event in Nashville IGEL announced the General Availability (GA) of the first Linux client for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop.
As you can see in the video on the right the connection experience for users is Single Sign On, an user needs to provide his/her credentials one time and the resources will be presented. After the user clicks on their resource the connecting will be made!
Part 1: Installing IGEL OS 11 on a VM
In this part I will explain how to install and configure the IGEL OS on a Virtual Machine. The next part about configuring the WVD support on IGEL OS will be online soon.
For testing and demo purposes I wanted to install the new IGEL OS 11 version on a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. For this test setup I used Hyper-V running on Windows 10.
Create a new VM with the minimum specification. My test VM has 4 GB of memory, 2 CPU’s and 16 GB of storage. Mount the ISO (located in the ‘preparestick’ folder) and start the Virtual Machine.
Select your language for the installer and click Next
Accept the End User License Agreement by clicking I agree
To start the installation of IGEL OS 11.03.252 click Install firmware
The installer will now install the IGEL OS
Once the installation has finished you can unmount the ISO file and reboot the VM.
IGEL Setup Assistant
Now it’s time to configure the newly installed OS. After a reboot the device will automatic login and start the setup wizard. Via this wizard you can configure the default settings and acquire and IGEL Demo License.
Select the correct language for the user interface. Default is English, click next to proceed.
Select your Keyboard Layout and click next
Choose the correct timezone and click Next
Make sure the correct time and date is set and click Next to proceed.
Since I don’t have any Management Suite or Cloud Gateway running for this test I have selected the option to register for a demo license.
Read the complete EULA ? and click on I agree.
You will now be redirected to a landing page to acquire an evaluation license for IGEL OS 11.
After you have completed the form the license will be automatically fetched for your device.
For this test you can skip the Cloud Gateway Agent Setup since we don’t have any, click Skip and let’s finish the configuration.
Okay, now we need one reboot to finish the installation, make sure you unmount the ISO and click Restart. The VM should now reboot and the IGEL OS will start.
That’s it! You now have a Virtual IGEL Thin client running and you are now ready to be surprised by the power and the options of the IGEL OS with Windows Virtual Desktop support!
In my next post I will explain how to configure the WVD Session configuration and explain the different options.
The Azure Bastion service is a new PaaS service that you provision inside your virtual network. It provides secure and seamless RDP/SSH connectivity to your virtual machines directly in the Azure portal over SSL. When you connect via Azure Bastion, your virtual machines do not need a public IP address.
First let me explain what the new hype is all about. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is an Azure-powered service that lets users access a multi-session Windows 10 experience from anywhere. The service comes with Office 365 ProPlus integration for enterprise customers, as well as support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services. The idea is that businesses can easily deploy and scale their Windows desktops and apps quickly and easily through the power of Azure.
Microsoft has integrated their application virtualization technology named Microsoft App-V within Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. In this post I will explain how to enable the integrated client and how to use it.
To demonstrate the built-in App-V client in Windows Server 2016 I will use a clean installed Virtual Machines running on VMware Workstation 12 Pro.
With the following powershell command you will get the Windows version.
In my environment I have the VCSA Appliance running with embedded Platform Services Controller [PSC]. If you deployed an external PSC separately from vCenter then this post will still work for you! The upgrade procedure is the exact same on both the vCenter and PSC just upgrade the PSC first before vCenter.