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Working Remotely with Microsoft Technologies


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Keeping with the #ReimagineWork theme, we ran the "Working Remotely with Microsoft Technologies" webinar - conducted with Microsoft Teams live event - where we discussed covering remote working with Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop and communication with Microsoft Teams.

Watch the recording to see how you can use Microsoft Azure technology to create and deploy Windows desktop images that run on the cloud, accessible from web browsers, Windows and MacOS clients as well as Android and iOS apps, giving your employees access to the same tools they would normally have through your physical desktop deployments.

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Working Remotely with Microsoft Technologies

  1. 1. Working remotely with Microsoft technologies
  2. 2. Introducing your speakers… Lakmal Galappaththi, Practice Lead - MWP Rodger van den Berg, Principal Consultant
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. Agenda PART 1 • What is WVD? (Demo) • Efficiency & Publishing Desktop Applications • Security & Management • Accessibility & Interop • Prerequisite And Licensing INTRODUCTION PART 2 • Staying productive while working remotely with Microsoft Teams • Empired offer – Teams Rapid Enablement Q&A
  5. 5. Windows Virtual Desktop
  6. 6. WVD Objectives • Can easily work from remote site office locations; • Will be able to access applications and data from untrusted devices (i.e. personal devices) in a secure manner • Are able to work from home office or alternate locations in the event of lockdown or inability to reach work
  7. 7. Windows Virtual Desktop The best virtual desktop experience, delivered on Azure • Deliver the only multi-session Windows 10 experience • Enable optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus • Migrate Windows Server (RDS) desktops and apps • Deploy and scale in minutes Windows 10/7 Office 365 Other apps Windows Server (RDS)
  8. 8. • Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session • Windows 10 Enterprise Single-Session • Windows 7 Single- Session • Windows Server 2019 • Windows Server 2016 • Windows Server 2012 R2 Supported OS
  9. 9. Windows Virtual Demo
  10. 10. Full desktop vs. RemoteApp • Based on what your users need to do. • User Personas – Different Host Pools FULL DESKTOP • Power Users / Developers that need to install their own apps or admin privileges • Clients lack computing power / outdated USE REMOTE APP • Clients vary widely and application consistency is impacted • Different version of the same app from different OS
  11. 11. Windows 10 Experience at Multi-session Cost Cost-optimized infrastructure Note: WVD is the only way to run Windows 10 Multi-Session Note: Figures are illustrative and based on pre-configured assumptions; actual savings vary by user requirements and infrastructure configuration *The $40 PUPM for single session cost is modeled for a common configuration: Windows 10 single-session in WVD starts at ~$15 per user per month for 1 vCPU, 2 GiB RAM configuration 1 user to 1 smaller VM with low utilization Many users per 1 larger VM with high utilization and lower operational costs Utilization 1 user per D2s v3 (2 vCPUs, 8 GiB RAM) 32 users per D8s v3 (8 vCPUs, 32 Gib RAM)Utilization Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session in WVD Windows 10 Single-session on-prem Example Economic Benefit $ per user per month Windows 10 Single Session $40* Windows 10 Multi-session $7 -85% Customer Scenario – From Windows 10 single-session on-prem to Windows 10 multi-session in WVD • Trade many small dedicated VMs for few large shared VMs (with higher utilization and lower operational costs)
  12. 12. Enhanced Security with Simplified Configuration Azure AD Security Services Reduced Attack Surface Granular Access Control Isolated User Sessions Reverse connect technology eliminates the need to open inbound ports to the VMs Sophisticated security services easily configured through Azure AD (e.g. MFA, CA, etc.) Multiple admins can be assigned role-based access control Isolated user sessions in both single and multi-session environments
  13. 13. Efficient and Simplified Management User Experience Management VM Management WVD Service Management • One service supports both Desktop & RemoteApp experience • Flexible user experience through a single host pool, with multiple app groups • Familiar Azure AD credentials, to access WVD resources • Multiple tools for automated VM deployment • Enhanced OS/App update tools • Disaster Recovery with integrated Azure Site Recovery • Simplified and effective troubleshooting using advanced diagnostic service • 3rd party value-added services enabled by APIs
  14. 14. Interoperability Windows Virtual Desktop seamlessly integrates with Citrix Workspace and Citrix Virtual Apps on Desktops Centrally manage Hybrid deployments with WVD on Azure and manage existing Citrix Virtual App and Desktop service on- premises Full screen Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus experience from Samsung DeX-enabled mobile devices, providing the Windows Virtual Desktop experience on an Android endpoint
  15. 15. Most Enterprises are already eligible for WVD Client Customers are eligible to access Windows 10 single and multi session and Windows 7 with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) if they have one of the following licenses*: • Microsoft 365 E3/E5 • Microsoft 365 A3/A5/Student Use Benefits • Microsoft 365 F1 • Microsoft 365 Business • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 • Windows 10 Education A3/A5 • Windows 10 VDA per user Server Customers are eligible to access Server workloads with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) if they have one of the following licenses: • RDS CAL license with active Software Assurance (SA) *Customers can access Windows Virtual Desktop from their non-Windows Pro endpoints if they have a Microsoft 365 E3/E5/F1, Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 VDA per user license. Pay only for the virtual machines (VMs), storage, and networking consumed when the users are using the service Take advantage of options such as one-year or three-year Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, which can save up to 72 percent versus pay-as-you-go pricing. Now with monthly payment options!
  16. 16. Azure Requirements Azure subscription Determine your identity strategy (AD, Azure AD DS) All associated Azure resources (image, virtual network, storage) in one region Required credentials (Azure AD, WVD tenant, Service principle, etc.) Azure Active Directory
  17. 17. Microsoft Teams
  18. 18. Staying productive while working remotely with Microsoft Teams Set up your workspace, Find a space in your home where you can concentrate. If you're somewhere with background distractions, use background blur in Microsoft Teams to keep teammates focused. Communicate often, Clearly communicate your working hours with your teammates so that they know when to reach you. Set a status message in Teams to share this information proactively. Offer frequent progress reports to teammates. Maintain healthy boundaries, Remote workers sometimes find themselves working for long stretches without breaks for exercise, socializing, or a proper meal. remind yourself to mentally “clock out” from remote work at the end of the day. Embrace online meetings, Make sure all meetings include a virtual “join” option so that team members can join from wherever they are working. Turn video on so your team can interact face to face and feel more connected. Be mindful and inclusive, overcrowded conference calls can make it difficult for people to share their opinions. Pause frequently to allow time for questions and remind attendees that they can use the chat window to share their thoughts. “Raise hand” feature is coming soon…
  19. 19. Staying productive while working remotely with Microsoft Teams Record your meetings, Double-bookings can be hard to avoid. Record important meetings. Team members who aren’t able to join can watch later or search the automatically generated transcript for important information. Make up for missing hallway talk, Make up for missing hallway talk or small-chats at the coffee machine. Think about chat messages as your virtual Coffee machine and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly. Bring the team together, Working remotely can feel isolating. It’s important to create opportunities for the whole team to get together virtually. Maintain meetings, use Whiteboard app for brainstorming. Have fun!, With all the changes that come with moving to remote work, it’s important to foster and maintain team morale. Share news and stories in your team chat or hold a photo contest. Praise someone!
  20. 20. Teams is for everyone, different departments and industries MARKETING Deliver marketing campaigns and go-to-market activities across a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. PROJECT MANAGEMENT Manage project stakeholders, tools, budgets, project reviews and feedback. FIRSTLINE WORKERS Empower your firstline workforce with tools that will support schedule management and provide oversight to what’s most relevant to their day. SALES Build and deliver proposals with input from different stakeholders. Manage sales planning, training and sales readiness in the same place. IT Drive IT transformation and change management. Plan, execute and manage all phases of IT deployment, adoption and rollout. HEALTHCARE Provide the best care possible enabled by a secure platform with secure messaging, streamlined care coordination and health team huddle capabilities. HUMAN RESOURCES Manage recruitment, training and reviews across departments. ENGINEERING Move quickly between ideation, development and deployment. Integrate with developer tools. EDUCATION Empower your students to create the world of tomorrow with a simple and safe experience that promotes teamwork and unlocks creativity.
  21. 21. Our Experts Jaen Snyman Practice Manager – MWP Rodger Van Den Berg Principal Consultant - MWP Lakmal Galappaththi WA Practice Lead – MWP Alan Schmarr VIC Practice Lead - MWP Linden Hocking VIC Practice Lead – MWP Ruaan Joubert WA Practice Lead – MWP
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