Managing Azure Virtual Desktop Session Host Images

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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Intended Audience

  • 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

Thanks for joining this course on Imaging for Azure Virtual Desktop. As you're prepping for the Azure Virtual Desktop certification, or just brushing up on your skills, you'll learn how to create and work with Imaging in Azure using a variety of solutions. My name is Dean Cefola and I've been in the IT industry for over 20 years. Today, I'm an Azure Principal Engineer at Microsoft and I've been working with Azure Virtual Desktop since before the beginning. I hope you find this course entertaining and educational, so please rate this course when you're done and let me know how I did.

Who should attend this course? Anybody who's planning on taking the Azure Virtual Desktop specialty exam or anyone who's interested in learning more how to properly deploy an AVD environment. Speaking of this course, we'll cover the AVD Imaging requirements which will involve creating a custom image, deploying a session host with our custom image, modifying a session host image, installing language packs into that image, plan for image update and management, creating an Azure Compute Gallery to manage our images and automating the whole process with the Azure Image Builder.

To get the most out of this course, you should have an administrator-level understanding of imaging a Windows OS, Azure Virtual Machines, VM snapshots, Azure Compute Gallery, and the Azure Image Builder. 

Feedback is how we can all continue to improve, so if you have any feedback, positive or negative, you can let me know by rating this course at the end as well as contacting One last thing before we get started, everything I'll be showing you in this course is up to date at the time of filming. However, the cloud does change over time, so if you find any material that is out of date, please let us know at so we can get that updated. Let's start imaging.

About the Author

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.