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
Before we can start imaging, let's begin with a definition. What exactly is an image? Well, to put it simply, an image is an operating system, that's combined with patches and updates, and any customizations you wish to add. The files that are on your USB or DVD, that you installed windows from, those would be considered an image, and so would all of these in the Azure marketplace. These are Microsoft gallery images. We're not gonna spend a whole lot of time on these in this course because we wanna focus on creating your own custom or gold image. And this is going to be done by deploying a VM in the cloud from a gallery image, specifically windows 10 multi-session, then installing your apps and customizations, then we'll do a process called capturing. Now we have an image that we can deploy more VMs from.
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.