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Virtual Desktops Community Weekly Blog Post 30th December 2021 – 6th January 2022

Welcome to the 23rd Azure Virtual Desktop community newsletter! We now release our newsletter on Thursdays to get a wider reach and give you the ability to engage with us in a better way!

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Dean Cefola from the Azure Academy has shared a video in wich he produced which shows 4 ways in which you can reduce your Azure Virtual Desktop Cost using Nerdio. You can watch the video here:


Simon Townsend, the CMO of IGEL has written an article for IT Ops Times in which he shares Five Ways IT can combat the global chip shortgage. It’s certainly an interesting read with some good tips! – Check it out here –


The AVD Tech Fest team have announced that their next event will be on April 20-21st 2022!! The event will be held in Amsterdam at the Hilton Amsterdam Schipol!! If you want to present then you can submit your sessions here –


Azure Virtual Desktop Master Class

Microsoft have scheduled an Azure Virtual Desktop Master Class which you can sign up for here. This is a free event consisting of 5 different sessions. If you want to learn some new stuff this is a great class to sign up for! Register here –

Packer YAML Azure DevOps Pipeline Pt. 2 – Azure Compute Gallery

Nies Kok has written a follow post on his series regarding using Packer & YAML to deploy Azure Virtual Desktop images. In Part 2 he discusses how to create and manage the Azure Compute Gallery. You can check out the post here –

Freek Berson Slide-decks

Freek Berson recentyl shared all of his speaking engagements in 2021 on GitHub, and he also shared all of his slide decks to his presentations which is super helpful! Great job Freek! You can view them all here –


Microsoft Teams: Give Take Control for AVD

Tom Hickling has announced that a new feature is coming to AVD in March 2022. Via Teams on AVD it will now be possible to give and take control during calls and meetings. This is a must missed feature so will be very welcome indeed! You can read more about the feature here –

Azure Virtual Desktop and Managing User Environments with MSIX App Attach & FSLogix

Microsoft has shared a video that they created around managing user environments using MSIX App Attach and FSLogix. In the video they share the architectural components you will need to consider. You can watch the video here: