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
I've already downloaded and staged all the executables and files we'll need to get our applications going. So let's start with Office. You'll need to download the Office Deployment Tool and then run setup, agree to the license and extract the files. There are example configurations here for the different kinds of installs, but for course I'm going to delete those and use the example XML from the docs. I've opened a command prompt as administrator and will execute the command setup.exe /configure configuration.XML, You can see the setup X executable running in the background through the task manager. This will take several minutes.
Once the setup has gone away, you can see the Office click to run in the task manager. And if you click the start button you'll see the different Office apps installed. Once Office is installed. There is an additional script from the docs that we'll need to optimize our settings for our VDI environment. I've saved that here to the Office setup.cmd file, which I will right click and run as administrator. And that'll just take a moment. Once complete, we can go back to the Azure portal so we can take our snapshot.
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.