Cloud-based roaming profiles in Azure using FSLogix Profile Containers

Posted by Brandon Lee on Apr 4, 2017 2:00:30 PM

James Rankin, aka, TheAppSenseBigot, goes down the road to take some Windows 10 machines built from the same image to try to set up a cloud-based method for dealing with user profiles. He selects FSLogix Profile Containers for this task in order to keep it simple and straightforward.

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Topics: cloud, profile containers, roaming profiles, Azure, UPD

deviceTRUST - Dynamic Device Context Awareness

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Jul 11, 2016 12:37:57 PM

Only recently I became aware of a new player offering an interesting product that gives you real-time access to the system properties of the endpoint from which a user is currently connected to a remote Windows session. The company’s name is deviceTRUST (www.devicetrust.de/en) and they refer to their solution as “dynamic device context awareness”. In a nutshell, their product constantly monitors a range of settings and properties on the device that is connected to a remote Windows session. The result of the device assessment gets redirected to the associated user session environment on the host, allowing to respond dynamically to changing client device settings or conditions. A change in a monitored device property creates an event in the hosted session that can be displayed or that can be used to trigger a pre-defined action. As of today, the supported remoting protocols are RDP/RemoteFX and ICA/HDX. I personally started using deviceTRUST for collecting client-specific telemetry and configuration data before or while running remote end-user experience benchmarking tests. But then I figured that there are more use cases in security, compliance and user experience, which inspired me to dig a little deeper into how deviceTRUST works under the covers.

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Topics: Azure, endpoint monitoring, deviceTRUST, device context awareness

Microsoft Using Citrix XenDesktop to Deliver Remote Windows 10 Desktops from Azure

Posted by Benny Tritsch on May 31, 2016 2:38:29 PM

During his Synergy opening keynote on Tuesday, Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov made a spectacular announcement: As part of the refreshed Citrix and Microsoft partnership, XenDesktop VDI hosted on Azure will deliver remote Windows 10 desktops from the cloud. To be very clear, Kirill was not speaking about a Windows Server desktop that pretends to be Windows 10. He was talking about the “real thing”. The days of #FixVDA (= broken virtual desktop access licensing) will be gone as soon as this service is available. This is an event the entire RDS and VDI industry has been waiting for. And here are some more details.

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, Microsoft, Azure, Windows 10

New Azure Region in Germany

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Dec 4, 2015 10:51:30 PM

Microsoft announced their plans to establish a geo-replicated German Azure datacenter region located in Frankfurt am Main and in Magdeburg, with the launch date in mid-2016. The specific Azure infrastructure components and software will be provided by Microsoft, but the datacenters will be owned by German Telekom and operated by T-Systems. The basic idea is that Microsoft does not have access to the customer data and that there is no Microsoft operations team running the datacenters. They can help debug issues and assist the local operators with issues, but – according to Microsoft officials – only in an escorted and audited way. This enables unique guarantees around data sovereignty and ensures all data is managed under local laws. Deutsche Telekom acts as the Data Trustee for Azure in Germany.

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Topics: Azure

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