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November 18, 2021
09:00am - 09:00pm (CEST) | 00am - 12pm (PST)


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SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENT

We are extremely happy to announce our three Diamond sponsors for the upcoming AVD Tech Fest 2021 – Winter Edition: Liquit, Nerdio, and IGEL! Without them and your support as the community, the event wouldn’t have been the success it was in early 2021! Stay tuned for more information to be released very soon!


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01:00am - 01:25 (PST)
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AVD Tech Fest - Opening Session

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Thumbnail Patrick Köhler

Simon and Patrick will welcome you to the AVD Tech Fest Winter Edition and will give you an overview of the day!

9:30 am remove 9:50 am
01:30am - 01:50am (PST)
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Cloud printing for Windows 365, AVD and more

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The way we work is changing: Remote and hybrid work is becoming the new normal. With this, desktops and applications are moving to the cloud, mobile devices are replacing classic desktops, fixed office spaces are becoming flexible spaces. What remains is the need to print. Discover how to enable printing and enjoy convenient print management wherever the future of work takes you.

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01:00am - 01:50am (PST)
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Securing Windows 365 Cloud PCs

Thumbnail Anoop C Nair

Best options to secure Windows 365 Cloud PC enterprise. From this session, you can learn how to secure Cloud PC deployments. How to avoid using Group Policy for Hybrid Azure AD joined and Azure AD joined Cloud PCs. Best ways to transfer security policy workload to Microsoft Endpoint Manager Intune.

10:55 am remove 11:15 am
01:55am - 02:15am (PST)
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5 Reasons why you should be taking a serious look at Nerdio to deploy and manage Azure Virtual Desktop

Thumbnail Neil McLoughlin

Thumbnail Bas van Kaam

In this session our Diamond sponsor Nerdio will cover: Pricing & Contract - Discuss MAU pricing, only pay what you use, no contract, 30-day fully free trial, deployed from marketplace •Auto-scaling •Image Management •Features •Storage & FSLogix Management

11:20 am remove 12:10 pm
02:20am - 03:10am (PST)
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Making the Cloud PC Business Desktop Work

Thumbnail Rory Monaghan

Currently, Microsoft Endpoint Manager is not supported on the Business SKU desktops in Windows 365. By default, when you add a user to a desktop as they get access, they are a local admin and can install apps as they please. This not very secure or managed. I have been layering in different 3rd party products to achieve a managed, optimized, and more secure desktop experience. I'd love to show you what I have put together.

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03:15am - 03:35am (PST)
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Monitor and Manage your Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) with ControlUp

See how ControlUp can help monitor, manage and give more visibility into the costs of your Azure resources! ControlUp's real-time monitoring and remediation can greatly improve your AVD environment! In this session, I'll show how you can save money on Azure resources by stopping and deallocating machines after business hours automatically, and optimize sessions and remediate issues! All in real-time!

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03:40am - 04:30am (PST)
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Deep dive Windows 365 costs

Thumbnail Pierre Thoor

Last year we discussed the cost of Azure Virtual Desktop but as the cloud evolves we do need to go deep dive into the costs of the new Windows 365. What different types of scenarios exists, how can we save money, how does the license part works, what do you get for the money and which solution between W365 and AVD is the best for your company? Join this session to find out and learn more!

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04:35am - 05:25am (PST)
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FSLogix in complex and large scale scenarios

Thumbnail Jim Moyle

Jim will take you through all the field gotchas when doing advanced configuration of FSLogix with any desktop virtualization environment.

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05:30am - 05:50am (PST)
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IGEL Technologies - Sponsorship session

A sponsor session by one of our sponsors.

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05:55am - 06:45am (PST)
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Azure Virtual Desktop as a gaming console?

Thumbnail Freek Berson

Since its inception, there has been huge interest in AVD. Covid-19 resulted in another huge wave of interest for AVD as the perfect solution to ensure a WFH workplace for everyone. But what about more graphics intensive applications that require a GPU? Can AVD be the ultimate gaming console? Join this fun session and learn about GPU empowered AVD, using Bicep to deploy it, and prepare to be amazed by AVD running in the strangest places ever!

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06:50am - 07:40am (PST)
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MSIX App Attach - Masterclass

Thumbnail Ryan Mangan

This session Dives into the world of attaching applications Dynamically to an Azure Virtual Desktop environment. In this master class session, we look at the setup, configuration, best practices to deliver a successful production MSIX App attach Implementation. This session is a not to be missed Technical deep-dive.

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08:00am - 08:45am (PST)
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Keynote - What's next in End-User-Computing with Windows 365 Cloud PC

Thumbnail Christiaan Brinkhoff

Christiaan Brinkhoff from the Windows 365 Engineering team will be talking Windows in the Cloud. A new and extremely easy way of consuming windows from any device with unlimited flexibility without the need of VDI knowledge due to complexity. Customers can leverage their existing management solution for both physical, cloud PCs and mobile devices. Lots of demos will be covered – so a must attend session!

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08:45am - 09:15am (PST)
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Panel discussion - AVD Tech Fest

In this panel discussion, we invited our Diamond level sponsors for a discussion about the future of EUC! Stay tuned and don't miss this session!

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09:20am - 09:40am (PST)
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Liquit: The End-to-End AVD Platform – Technical Overview

Thumbnail Rens Kattenberg

Application management represents a uniquely complicated and constantly evolving problem for IT. Rens Kattenberg is Senior Solutions Architect at Liquit. In this 20-minute session, he will show you how Liquit tackles some of the challenges of application management. He will demonstrate how Liquit uses connectors to bring all technologies tother and provide automation for packaging and updating of all your applications in Azure Virtual Desktop. Signing into multiple networks and applications is a thing of the past with the single sign-on capability in Liquit has with Azure Virtual Desktop. The Liquit Setup Store has 4000+ applications ready, this saves lots of time for application managers. Rens will also show you what is unique about the Smart Icon Technology that helps keep the end-user experience consistent and uninterrupted while adding valuable context to any scenario for IT. We will end with some questions from the audience. Rens Kattenberg, Senior Solutions Architect

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09:45am - 10:35am (PST)
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Scaling Plans in AVD – Planning to Save Money

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“A goal without a plan is just a wish” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “A Session Host Pool without a Scaling Plan is just expensive” – Donna Ryan With Azure Virtual Desktop’s consumption model, a running Session Host costs your organization money. Previous solutions to mitigate these costs have been underwhelming in their capabilities and overly complex in their implementation. Microsoft has recently released Scaling Plans for Session Host Pools, which is a native solution that is a vast improvement over the previous Logic App based scaling mechanism. While the new Scaling Plans solution has all the functionality of its predecessor, it also has new options that should be understood. This session will cover these options, how to enable Scaling Plans, and how to successfully deploy them to save your organization money.

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09:40am - 11:00am (PST)
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Spot PC: The Best of Microsoft and NetApp in one Cloud Desktop Service

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Thumbnail Frank Anderson

NetApp is launching a managed cloud desktop service we all have been waiting for: Spot PC. It is built for AVD in close collaboration with Microsoft, and the UX is to fall in love with. It combines Cloudjumper’s desktop management expertise and NetApp’s boss-level data skills with Spot’s unique cloud optimization technology (Look them up: spot.io!). Join us for the expert demo in action and learn why NetApp Spot PC team dedicates 100% of their focus to building a desktop service for the cloud.

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11:10am - 12:00pm (PST)
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Azure Files – The perfect AVD solution for user profiles

Azure offers several PaaS file sharing solutions for file storage. In this session, we will take a closer look at the different options and compare them to evaluate which Azure Fileshare solution can be useful for which AVD environment based on these criteria. We will also compare to Azure NetApp Files and explain why this can be a performant and cost effective solution for some AVD environments.

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00:30am - 00:50am (PST)
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Leverage automation to guide your application and workspace journey to AVD

Exploring strategic transformations, like AVD, can be daunting. Thinking about the right applications, users, workspaces, and data create a complex ecosystem that needs to be carefully managed. Join us to better understand how Rimo3 can leverage automation to provide a data-driven approach to assess the impact of change across your applications & workspaces on your journey to AVD.

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01:00am - 01:50am (PST)
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Getting started with Azure Virtual Desktop

Thumbnail Johan Vanneuville

In this session you will learn everything you need to know about the Getting Started feature that went GA

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01:55am - 02:15am (PST)
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5 Reasons why you should be taking a serious look at Nerdio to deploy and manage Azure Virtual Desktop - Only on Stage 1

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Thumbnail Bas van Kaam

In this session our Diamond sponsor Nerdio will cover: Pricing & Contract - Discuss MAU pricing, only pay what you use, no contract, 30-day fully free trial, deployed from marketplace •Auto-scaling - Discuss different autoscaling methods - •Image Management - Show image creation features, scripted actions •Features - Approx. 10-15 new features every month, share future roadmap (with Vadim’s, Amol’s permission) •Storage & FSLogix Management - Discuss Azure Files/ANF Creation, Autoscaling, domain join etc

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02:00am - 03:10am (PST)
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Work with Azure Virtual Desktop like a Pro

Thumbnail Marcel Meurer

Azure Virtual Desktop extent the possibilities of End-User-Computing in the Microsoft Azure cloud. There are many ways to manage the desktops and handle the application life-cycle. One straightforward way of doing that is by using free community solutions and modern software distribution technologies. Let's start managing AVD like a pro with WVDAdmin, Hydra, a bunch of automatisms, scripts and script collections.

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03:15am - 03:35am (PST)
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deviceTRUST – Context everywhere

Thumbnail Sven Jansen

deviceTRUST is all about context. With SaaS and DaaS pushing forward strongly, bringing the context to such environments is a no-brainer for us. At AVD Tech Fest, we will proudly present our newest feature: The integration of our context into Microsoft Azure Conditional Access! Learn how deviceTRUST can enrich your Azure Conditional access with the power and dynamic of our context information – and thus provide secure access everywhere!

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03:40am - 04:30am (PST)
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AVD and Azure Enterprise Architecture

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When building an AVD environment there are a lot of things consider in the Azure ecosystem, both how to handle networking, security, monitoring, and scalability. In this session Marius will go cover all the aspects that you need to think about before implementing AVD on a battle-tested architecture and best-practices.

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04:35am - 05:25am (PST)
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Azure Image Builder or Packer for Azure Virtual Desktop

So you’re in the situation seeking to automate Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) image creation with Packer or AIB. This session compares the main differences and will show you how to automate image creation with Azure DevOps pipelines.

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05:30 - 05:50am (PST)
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IGEL - Diamond sponsor session - Only on Stage 1

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05:55am - 06:45am (PST)
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Transitioning Ops to the Cloud, adding Dev skills to the mix

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This session offers tips and tricks to add core Developer skills to your skillset, so you can transition from (on-premises) Operations to a Cloud DevOps role. This session will zoom in on some basic knowledge and terminology that will make it easier to understand the shift in work and competences for DevOps engineers. Keep in mind that this session is not a technical deep dive that helps you pick the right tool for the job at hand, but it focuses on some basic knowledge of DevOps processes that will help you to plan the next steps in your career and pick those DevOps competences that will put the fun back into your work.

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06:50am - 07:40am (PST)
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FINDINGS VIDEO CONFERENCE (TEAMS, MEET, ZOOM) with Azure Virtual Desktop

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Thomas Poppelgaard, Microsoft MVP in AVD did a larger research project for a client that involved how would performance be on a GPU instance vs a non GPU instance with AVD using Video conference systems such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet. You will learn in this session how 15 CCU are using video conference systems in a multisession environment in AVD. What learnings did Thomas learn, how are the video streaming platforms different and how do they perform. Content that is focused on is video stream with screensharing of webcamera, audio, interaction and usage of Office365 content. Thomas will share deep insights of user experience, usage of compute and how it is all performing. Learn key insights in this deep insightful session. You will see things never shared before in public and months of work shared in 50min. This is a must session to see if you have interest in understanding better how UX is and performance with GPU vs NonGPU performs and how you scale.

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09:20am - 09:40am (PST)
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Liquit: The End-to-End AVD Platform – Technical Overview - Only on Stage 1

Thumbnail Rens Kattenberg

Application management represents a uniquely complicated and constantly evolving problem for IT. Rens Kattenberg is Senior Solutions Architect at Liquit. In this 20-minute session, he will show you how Liquit tackles some of the challenges of application management. He will demonstrate how Liquit uses connectors to bring all technologies tother and provide automation for packaging and updating of all your applications in Azure Virtual Desktop. Signing into multiple networks and applications is a thing of the past with the single sign-on capability in Liquit has with Azure Virtual Desktop. The Liquit Setup Store has 4000+ applications ready, this saves lots of time for application managers. Rens will also show you what is unique about the Smart Icon Technology that helps keep the end-user experience consistent and uninterrupted while adding valuable context to any scenario for IT. We will end with some questions from the audience. Rens Kattenberg, Senior Solutions Architect

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An Introduction to Azure Image Builder

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Image Builder is an Azure solution that provides a pipeline for custom image creating and management. This session explores what Azure Image Builder is and how it can be used to manage images for Windows Virtual Desktop Session Hosts. We also review how to use PowerShell to customize Azure Marketplace images with custom software.

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10:40am - 11:00am (PST)
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AVD 10 BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS

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In this session I will discuss 10 best practise recommendations from my own experience of deploying AVD in enterprise environments

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Deploying Win10MS with Azure DevOps, Terraform and Packer

Thumbnail Patrick van den Born

At the moment, terms such as DevOps, SCRUM, Infrastructure-as-Code, Azure Virtual Desktop, Cloud, etc. are all hot in the End User Computing market. Many organizations are on the eve of, or are busy with, the migration from a traditional management or project organization to an agile organization. But what does such a transition entail? In this session, Rick Stijnman will explain the journey from a traditional management organization to a SCRUM / DevOps approach. In addition, Patrick van den Born will explain the DevOps idea of rolling out the Windows 10 Multi-Session environment on Azure. Here you will learn how Infrastructure-as-Code (Terraform) and Image-as-Code (Packer) can be deployed via Azure DevOps.

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