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Nerdio Launches Inaugural NVP Program Recognizing Exceptional Supporters

Joining Nerdio in mid-2020, it’s crazy to think of the amount of new product features (and products), community building and collaboration activities and staff we’ve added in that time.

For some time now, we’ve been working on cultivating a way to go beyond business as usual and more closely integrate with the biggest Nerdio fans and ones that have significantly helped us with all of the above and more. So it is with great honor that I’m pleased to officially launch the Nerdio Valued Professional (NVP) program!

What Is an NVP?

Being an NVP is not dependent on whether or not you are a Nerdio customer. Tech enthusiasts, bloggers, and folks who operate in our space (ex. work for one of our distributor partners, work at Microsoft driving ACR) are all eligible and considered for the NVP distinction.

Our goal in establishing the NVP program is to support and give back to individuals who have consistently and voluntarily worked to support Nerdio, our products, initiatives and vision. More than just fans of the brand and tech we’re building here, NVPs are community-minded and driven to go the extra mile.

Whether through podcasts and webinars, educational content, sending potential leads and deals our way, or just spreading positiveness and awareness via their social channels – NVPs recognize the way in which Nerdio is reducing the technical complexity and acumen it typically takes to see substantial ROI when implementing Azure Virtual Desktop and/or Windows 365. And they help other IT pros and admins to save time, money and headaches by introducing them to Nerdio. extending our free resources like our Knowledge Base and Cost Estimator, and staying on top of the latest Nerdio, AVD, Windows 365, EUC and Azure news.

Why Would I Want to Be an NVP?

Being named an NVP sets you apart from peers and colleagues in the EUC and IT spaces as it shows not only that you know your stuff when it comes to Nerdio, Azure, and virtual desktops in general but that we know you know and have decided to publicly recognize you as a trusted partner and leading voice in our community or the communities you belong to. Additionally, we are a disruptive startup gaining traction and users at an impressive pace. Being an NVP showcases you are exceptionally tapped into and concerned about innovation and the future of your industry and technology.

Lastly, consistent dedication to our company, people and future means a lot to us and we try to give something back as equally meaningful. NVPs will receive exclusive perks and access, not limited to but likely including Nerdio swag, early access to our new product roadmap before features are released, event tickets and discounts, and much more.

This year we are truly going big on delivering on our goal as the inaugural class of NVPs are invited to a FREE all-expenses paid trip to NerdioCon, our user conference happening February 21-23, 2022 in beautiful Cancun, Mexico.

How Are NVPs Chosen and When Will the 2021 Class Be Announced?

NVPs are chosen at the discretion of Nerdio employees and are evaluated on the following criteria and whether the individual:

  • Evangelizes the Nerdio portfolio and what we stand for as a company
  • Constantly provides constructive feedback, brings in ideas, feature requests and more
  • Educates others on Nerdio, virtual desktops, and other Azure cloud related resources
  • Bonus: actively works on potential business opportunities

We have chosen the first class of NVPs and are excited to introduce them all to you in my next blog post, expected to go live toward the end of this month. We’ll share a bit more about who they are, what they do in the technology space, and how they came to find out about (and cheer on!) Nerdio.

For any questions or if you’d like more information about the NVP program, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Bas van Kaam, Field CTO, EMEA

AVD MANAGEMENT

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)

WINDOWS 365 ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

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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