The Gold Image
Session Hosts and Images
The course is part of this learning path
This course covers imaging in Azure to show you how you can build Azure Virtual Desktop session hosts as well as prepare for the AVD Specialty exam. This is going to cover a lot of information on the Windows OS, imaging tools, and how we work with images in Azure. Then we'll look at how to manage, maintain, and update those images. Finally, we'll cover how you can automate the whole process so you can scale as well as generate a new image each month or when a zero-day patch comes out, so you can stay secure.
- Create a custom image
- Deploy a session host with a custom image
- Modify a session host image
- Install language packs
- Plan for image update and management
- Create and use Azure Compute Gallery image
- Automate custom images with Azure Image Builder
- Azure administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote apps, for any device, on Azure
- Anyone looking to learn more about Azure Virtual Desktop
- Windows operating system
- Imaging a Windows OS
- Azure Virtual Machines
- VM snapshots
- Azure Compute Gallery
- Azure Image Builder
Now, this is the only time I'll walk you through the snapshot process but just make sure that you take a snapshot after each customization step. Find your virtual machine and on the left, go to disks, select the operating system disk and then at the top, click to create a snapshot. Give your snapshot a name and I'll call this VMImage-Office-00. That what I know the source VM name, as well as the last thing I did and which revision of the snapshot this is. We'll wanna take this as a full snapshot and at the bottom, change zone-redundant to standard hard disk drive and then click next.
On the encryption and networking screens, we'll just take the defaults, so click Next, and here we can add all of our standard tags. Then click the review and create button. And finally, create your snapshot. With our snapshot complete, we can move on to the next task knowing that we have a saved checkpoint we can go back to later if we run into problems.
Dean Cefola is a Principal Azure Engineer at Microsoft and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. Dean has been supporting Azure Virtual Desktop from the beginning and is the Microsoft FastTrack Global Leader for AVD.