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ArticlesOctober 22, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

How to Speed Up Windows Virtual Desktop With Ephemeral OS Disks – and Save On Storage Costs, Too

Microsoft announced General Availability of Azure Ephemeral OS disks in July of 2019.  This unique Azure feature with a fancy sounding name doesn’t get a tremendous amount of attention but holds great promise for those deploying virtual desktops in Azure with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).  We wrote in detail about ephemeral OS disks and their...

ArticlesOctober 12, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Overcoming the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Session Host Image Management Challenge

The Challenge Desktop virtualization holds the promise to simplify infrastructure management of end-user computing environments and Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) delivers on that promise by offering a multi-session version of Windows 10 Enterprise OS.  Multiple users can be consolidated onto a single VM instance running in Azure thereby reducing the administration and desktop management burden. ...

VideosOctober 11, 2019Elaine Wang

How to Migrate Windows Server 2008 to Microsoft Azure (5 Step Guide)

How to Migrate Windows Server 2008 to Microsoft Azure (5 Step Guide)

Learn how to migrate end-of-support Windows Server 2008 to Microsoft Azure in 5 simple steps in a single day. No need for an experienced engineer – anyone can do it! 1. Deploy a new Azure environment for the Server 2008 VM to land in 2. Enable Azure recovery services vault 3. Configure site-to-site VPN from Azure to the network that contains the Windows Server 2008 machine 4. Enable Nerdio Hybrid AD 5. Set up replication and migration of your Server 2008 machine

ArticlesOctober 08, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

How to Optimize Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Azure Costs With Event-based Autoscaling and Azure VM Scale Sets

At Nerdio, we see thousands of Azure environments running virtual desktops provisioned using our technology.  This gives us a high level view into the relative cost breakdown of an average virtual desktop Azure environment.  The typical breakdown we see is this:   Compute (VMs): 68% Storage (managed disks): 22% Backup: 6% Bandwidth, VPN, IPs and...

VideosOctober 03, 2019Elaine Wang

4 Ways Windows Virtual Desktop Helps MSPs Succeed (WVD General Availability)

WVD Launch

As of Monday, September 30, 2019, Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) entered General Availability. But what is WVD and what makes it so special? WVD is a set of technologies from Microsoft that allow IT professionals and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to deploy virtual desktop IT environments for their users and customers in Azure. Here are the top four features that set WVD apart from its competition: 1. Windows 10 multi-session 2. FSLogix encapsulation 3. Microsoft’s new automatic WVD Management Service 4. Licensing is drastically simplified with WVD compared to previous desktop virtualization technologies.

VideosSeptember 12, 2019Elaine Wang

What is Azure Lighthouse? (3 Ways It Benefits MSPs)

What is Microsoft’s Azure Lighthouse and how does it benefit MSPs? Learn about the three main benefits that you can take advantage of but are probably missing out on: •Create user credentials in your own, partner Azure AD tenant •Get access to your Azure AD tenant to manage customer environments •Control who has access to what without sharing any passwords

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