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Q&A with Natasha Boyko: What to Expect at NerdioCon 2022

Though cooler temperatures are in the forecast for many as we head into the last few months of the year, here at Nerdio things are definitely heating up as we begin announcing NerdioCon 2022 speakers, sponsors, and content.  

Our website has been updated with new speaker information, but you’ll want to keep a close eye on our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for even more exciting event updates and announcements in November, December, and January as we count down to February 21-23, 2022.  

To give partners and prospective attendees a holistic picture of our very first in-person NerdioCon, we sat down with our Senior Director, Partner Programs & Community, Natasha Boyko, for a Q+A-style look ahead.  

NerdioCon 2022

To kick things off, tell us a bit about yourself and what your role is at Nerdio.  

I’m no stranger to the channel, having worked at several channel companies prior to joining Nerdio in February 2021. I have a lot of experience empowering Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to support their SMB customers and best leverage the latest technologies to do so. As Senior Director of Partner Programs and Community, I manage our MSP partner ecosystem and the efforts we make as a company to expand our reach in the channel.  

A huge part of my role is managing our event strategy which includes both the industry and partner events we attend and the ones we put on ourselves. To date, events put on by Nerdio have been largely virtual because of the impacts of the pandemic. So we are thrilled and excited to put on an in-person event of this magnitude as we’re expecting over 150 partners to attend, many of which belong to our Partnerd partner program that I also oversee. With this program, we provide partners with a full arsenal of resources including a complete asset library with case studies, content white labelling capabilities, testimonials, product demo videos, discounted pricing, and more. One of the best perks of the program though is that Parnerds receive partially paid or even all expenses paid trips to NerdioCon depending on the amount of deals they close and register in our portal.  

What is the vision behind NerdioCon 2022? What sort of experiences and opportunities do you hope attendees will walk away with from the show?  

We are offering the only event in the channel dedicated to Microsoft Azure and that will not only teach partners how to grow their cloud practices using the latest Microsoft virtual desktop technologies, but how to make money while doing so! It is a user conference so we will be doing some in-depth trainings on Nerdio product features that help partners greatly reduce their Azure costs and improve operations and management across clients operating in Azure but we aren’t stopping there.  

We’re bringing in Azure experts across multiple areas of expertise to provide partners a 360-degree view on Azure and particularly Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365.  With the help of our sponsors, industry experts and thought leaders, our attendees will walk away feeling confident in their ability to deliver on their cloud strategy for 2022 and beyond with Azure. Additionally, our goal for this event is to share a fun destination event with partners that foster organic networking opportunities and afford attendees the chance to have some fun, get to know each other, and walk away feeling energized.  

Who will be at the event?  

Some of the biggest distributors, vendors and thought leaders in the partner ecosystem and ones that are related to Microsoft’s virtual desktop offerings… or even the people bringing them to market themselves.  We’re pulling out all the stops to bring our own Azure experts, key leaders from Microsoft and top channel vendors to provide first class content for our attendees. 

Why should I attend?  

We’ll be offering the best content and advice in the industry when it comes to Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 but also equipping attendees with the best practices and insights needed to grow their business and capitalize on remote work interest. This event will be a unique experience for partners to not only hear from the experts but also attend interactive, hands-on workshops covering all aspects of Microsoft’s desktop virtualization technologies.  

How will this be different from NerdioCon 2021?  

Last year was our first ever NerdioCon event and it was completely virtual. We are doing it in-person this year and in a big way, leveraging an all-inclusive resort to help foster community while ensuring safety. Additionally, the introduction of Windows 365 earlier this year brings a whole new crop of timely session topics, technical deep dives, demos, and industry conversations around the future of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and SMB end user computing needs.  

How do I register? Where can I go for more information?  

Head over to our event site, www.nerdiocon.com to register and explore additional details around our lineup, event timing and helpful travel and safety links. Contact me at nboyko@getnerdio.com if you have any questions or to inquire about a quote / promo code if interested in double occupancy. 

There you have it folks! Keep an eye on our socials and sign up to save your spot at NerdioCon 2022 today by heading over to www.nerdiocon.com  

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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