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Nerdio Manager Case Study: M.Holland

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Learn how a billion-dollar plastic company used Nerdio Manager to transition to the cloud quickly and easily.

 

About M.Holland

From healthcare to cars, plastics play a critical role in most of the products we use daily, and M. Holland plays a critical role in the plastics industry. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, M. Holland is a leading international distributor of thermoplastic resin. The company helps suppliers identify and leverage the most strategic channels to markets around the world, while also offering sourcing and supply chain solutions. Its product line includes materials that can fit virtually every application, manufacturing process, and market.  

M. Holland does over $1 billion in annual sales and sells to more than 4,000 customers. Since 1950, the company has grown steadily through both organic growth and numerous acquisitions. Most important for M. Holland is the deep, on-going relationships that it establishes with clients, through a consultative approach and a focus on long-term partnerships. 

Situation

Although M. Holland has been in business in the United States since its founding in 1950, it has recently increased its presence around the world, with branches in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and expansion plans for Europe and Asia. However, the company was reaching the limits of its mostly on-premises IT solutions. Its 350+ employees around the world need access to business-critical systems around the clock. The company’s growth and expansion plans meant that it could no longer afford to have all its IT infrastructure located on premises.  

Over the years, M. Holland had built its IT infrastructure around an on-premises Microsoft stack, but that wasn’t keeping up with their requirements in today’s more agile business environment. “With our existing systems, if our office went down, our company was dead in the water,” said Vincent Rocco, System Administrator, M. Holland Company.  “We started a transition to more cloud-based systems because we need to keep the business running 24/7, 365 days a year. Our business couldn’t stop if the office went down.” 

Solution

Although M. Holland has been in business in the United States since its founding in 1950, it has recently increased its presence around the world, with branches in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and expansion plans for Europe and Asia. However, the company was reaching the limits of its mostly on-premises IT solutions. Its 350+ employees around the world need access to business-critical systems around the clock. The company’s growth and expansion plans meant that it could no longer afford to have all its IT infrastructure located on premises.  

“Azure Virtual Desktop is a no brainer for us,” – Vincent Rocco, System Administrator, M. Holland Company.

Over the years, M. Holland had built its IT infrastructure around an on-premises Microsoft stack, but that wasn’t keeping up with their requirements in today’s more agile business environment. “With our existing systems, if our office went down, our company was dead in the water,” said Vincent Rocco, System Administrator, M. Holland Company.  “We started a transition to more cloud-based systems because we need to keep the business running 24/7, 365 days a year. Our business couldn’t stop if the office went down.” 

Results 

For M. Holland, Nerdio Manager is a key component for its transition to more cloud-based solutions. It’s made overall management of M. Holland’s virtual environments much more efficient and easier. 

Using Microsoft’s native solutions for managing virtual disks can be cumbersome. According to Rocco, the company would have to go through multiple steps, from creating an image, stopping it, prepping it, deallocating it, and then imaging it.  

“Since day one, Nerdio Manager has made Azure Virtual Desktop incredibly simple,” said Rocco. “The biggest value for us has been Nerdio’s ability to do master image creation.” 

“I had many issues when I tried to do it natively through Microsoft,” he said. “That’s why we went with Nerdio Manager.” 

In addition, M. Holland cites Nerdio’s extensive online, always-available technology resources as a key to easy deployment and ongoing management. “Nerdio has incredible training videos,” said Rocco. “If you want to learn anything, they have a video about it.” 

By using Nerdio Manager, M. Holland has been able to turbo-charge their transition to AVD, creating an IT environment that’s much more robust, secure, and available than their previous on-premises solutions. It’s enabling more effective support and easier management of functions like master image creation to help M. Holland continue to grow their business. But for Rocco, it’s not just about what Nerdio Manager for WVD can do for his company, it’s also personal. “Someone with limited knowledge like me can come in, learn Nerdio, and be an Azure WVD guru,” he said. “It’s great.”

But for Rocco, it’s not just about what Nerdio Manager can do for his company, it’s also personal. “Someone with limited knowledge like me can come in, learn Nerdio, and be an AVD guru,” he said. “It’s great.”

“I couldn’t have done what I’ve done without Nerdio and got my company to the point that we’re at without Nerdio,” – Vincent Rocco, System Administrator, M. Holland Company.

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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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