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How Nerdio Manager Saves You These 4 Common Security Headaches

With the number of high-profile attacks and breaches continuing to rise alongside levels of sophistication, the average ransom payment amount, and even the number of organizations affected given widespread supply chain attacks – there’s no doubt security is a business-critical and board-level concern.

Given the dependence of security on IT admin bandwidth and end-users, virtual desktops hold a tremendous amount of potential for protecting and accessing data at scale. In helping enterprises simplify desktop virtualization and introduce new ways of working, our team at Nerdio also works deliberately to provide security advantages and reduce man-hours spent on time-intensive tasks whenever possible.

Below are four feature callouts illustrating how Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is positioned to help enterprise IT teams cut down and avoid potential security headaches.

1. Data Protection 

Users can automatically back up Nerdio Manager through scripted actions and store backups in an Azure storage account. Our desktop image versioning feature allows users to backup and restores desktop images to a previous version using Azure Backup. Data is appropriately encrypted both in transit and at rest.

We also provide options allowing enterprises to harden security at multiple levels. Please see our Knowledge Base articles for detailed instructions for hardening your app serviceAzure storage account and SQL.

Understanding the importance of ensuring data is protected and accessible no matter the circumstances, we’ve put together a quick set of guidelines to help with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) planning and a few specific scenarios. Additionally, keep an eye on our socials and Release Notes page for expected updates this year regarding new DR features like active/active DR host pools!

2. Data Logs + Records 

Detailed data logs are important for IT team accountability, forensics, and analysis — even more so for highly regulated industries like financial services that require everything to be tightly monitored and controlled.

All actions in Nerdio Manager are logged and can be easily exported for further analysis if desired. Nerdio Manager records actions so companies can see and monitor all accounts and tasks happening across the Azure environment. Actionable dashboards show users, hosts, and applications utilization and performance, and alerting via Azure Monitor can be triggered on any combination of logged events.

3. Identity Management 

Because Nerdio Manager uses Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for identity management instead of a custom-built solution, customers automatically benefit from Microsoft’s huge investment in securing identity across all Azure AD authenticated apps like Outlook and Word online, and across on-premises, hybrid and cloud-only environments. This allows you to enforce all the security tools available with Azure AD such as multi-factor authentication and conditional access.

4. Sensitive Customer Data 

Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is an Azure-based application that is installed in, and runs in, a customer’s own Azure subscription. Nerdio’s systems and staff do not collect or interact with customer data, like say a SaaS application would, and data is stored in the region you deploy Nerdio Manager to. Not only does this help from a security perspective but can also be important from a compliance perspective.

Are you ready to start saving time, money, and (security) headaches when it comes to enterprise virtual desktop deployments? Visit the Azure Marketplace today to start your 30-day FREE trial of Nerdio Manager for Enterprise!


Multi-Cloud and On-Premises Deployment with Azure Stack HCI (Coming Soon)

Deploy Azure Virtual Desktop in Azure and extend the session host VM placement to on-premises and other cloud using Azure Stack HCI. Nerdio Manager automates deployment of session hosts, AVD agent installation, and full integration into the AVD deployment in Azure.

Create a brand new Azure Virtual Desktop environment or allow Nerdio Manager to discover an existing deployment, connecting to existing resources, and manage them.

Deploy Nerdio Manager from Azure Marketplace and configure a new AVD environment with an easy to follow, step-by-step configuration wizard. First group of users can access their AVD desktop in less than 2 hours.

Service providers, system integrators, and consultants can leverage Nerdio Manager’s scripted AVD deployment template. Create complete environments with desktop images, host pools, and auto-scaling in minutes.

Create and manage AVD environments that span Azure regions and subscriptions. Quickly link Vnets and resource groups and manage AVD deployments world-wide from unified portal.

Link multiple Azure tenants under the same Nerdio Manager instance and manage AVD deployments that span Azure AD tenants. User identities and session host VMs can run in separate tenants for maximum flexibilty and security.

Deploy and manage AVD environments that span across sovereign Azure Clouds. Cross-sovereign cloud support allows identity (e.g. users and groups) to be in one Azure Cloud, while session host VMs are in another Azure Cloud.

Management of workspaces, host pools, app groups, RemoteApps & custom RDP settings

Administer every aspect of AVD with Nerdio Manager including workspaces, host pools, application groups, RemoteApp publishing, RDP properties, session time limits, FSLogix, and much, much more. Every Azure service that AVD relies on can be managed with Nerdio Manager.

Deploy and manage AVD session host VMs. Hosts can be created manually or with auto-scaling, deleted on-demand or on a schedule, re-imaged to apply updates, run a scripted action, resized, put into or taken out of drain mode, and more.

Manage user sessions across the entire AVD environment, within a workspace, host pool or on a single host. Monitor session status, disconnect or log off the user, shadow or remote control to provide support, or send user an on-screen message.

End users have the ability to log into Nerdio Manager with their Azure AD credentials and manage their own session, restart their desktop VM, or start a session host if none are started in a host pool. (Ability to resize and re-image own desktop is coming soon.)

Create, link, and manage Azure Files shares including AD domain join. Synchronize Azure Files permissions with host pools, configure quotas, and enable SMB multi-channel. Manage file lock handles and configure Azure Files auto-scaling to increase quota as needed.

Create, link, and manage Azure NetApp Files accounts, capacity pools and volumes. Configure provisioned volume size, monitor usage, and use auto-scaling to automatically adjust volume and capacity pool size to accommodate the needed capacity and latency requirements.

FSLogix configuration can be complex and overwheling, but not with Nerdio Manager. Create one or more FSLogix profiles with all the needed options, point at one or more Azure Files, Azure NetApp Files, or server locations and select from VHDLocations, CloudCache and Azure Blob storage modes.

Multiple identity source profiles can be set up and used automatically on different host pools. Active Directory, Azure AD DS, and Native Azure AD are all supported. Choose the appropriate directory profile when adding a host pool and all VMs will automatically join this directory when being created.

Create a copy of a host pool with all of its settings: auto-scale config, app groups and RemoteApps, MSIX AppAttach, user/group assignments, VM deployment settings, etc. Save time by creating host pool “templates” that can be cloned to any Workspace, Azure region or subscription instead of starting from scratch.

Apply user session time limits at host pool level. Automatically log off disconnected sessions, limit the duration of idle sessions, control empty RemoteApp session behavior and more.

Assign Azure AD users to personal desktops to ensure the user will log into a pre-configured VM. Un-assign personal desktops from users who leave the organization and re-use these VMs for new users.

Pre-configure custom Azure tags for all Azure resources associated with each host pool. Tags can be used for charge-back and cost allocation by host pool.

When creating session hosts using NV-series VMs NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers are automatically installed.

Move existing host pools from Fall 2019 (Classic) object model to Spring 2020 (ARM) object model. Choose to whether to move or copy user assignments. Existing session hosts are automatically migrated or new ones can be created in the ARM host pool.

Automatically enable and configure AVD integration with Azure monitor. Zero configuration required. Azure Monitor Insights for AVD can be used instead of or in conjunction with Sepago Monitor.

AVD personal desktops to Windows 365 Cloud PC migration (Coming Soon)

Migrate users from AVD personal desktops to Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PCs using an existing image and user assignment. (Coming soon)


Cloud PC License Usage Optimization (Coming Soon)

Cloud PC device lifecycle management

Cloud PC user group assignment

Intune primary user management on Cloud PCs

Migrate AVD personal desktops to Cloud PCs (Coming Soon)

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