There is plenty of valuable content on the internet, which is created by the community, here are some of them which are worth following or watching. Keep calm and do puzzles. It’s impossible to list all names of great people who produce the valuable content and link it in one place, never the less it is a good starting point. The question which remains is the order to lay this down, constructively in memory. Apart from that each of us has it’s topics which attracts him or her the most and it is the Team who builds the Virtual Workplace solutions, not the lonesome wariors or stars.

Automation

League of Devops or Clickops.

PowerShell

It’s essential get comfortable with PowerShell, it will help you switch from imperative style of work towards declarative, when you get some hands on experience with DSC and Bicep. There are few great books about PowerShell as well as great quality content on the PowerShell advocates blogs.

Powershell and what not

Terraform

  • Azure and terraform part1 blog
  • Thomas Thronton blog

HashiCorp - Packer

  • Gold Image from Azure DevOps Pipeline to deploy a Windows VDA github by Ryan C Butler - converge-2020

DSC

  • Ravikanth C blog and github - in context of DSC, great source, if I’m not mistaken he had authored one of the DSC books available
  • Troy Ault github and blog - DSC Db related

Azure - Bicep

Azure - KQL

  • Kusto Detective Agency for learning KQL webpage

Azure - Automated lab provisioning

Azure - DevOps

  • John Savill - DevOps Master Class github
  • Microsoft Learn - Azure PowerShell Lifecycle microsoft - when will Microsoft stop supporting the old AzureRm PowerShell Modules
  • AdminTurnedDevops - Devops-The-Hard-Way-Azure github

Azure - Arc

On-Premises / Cloud adjacent

Those are only buzzwords, still in 2022 it’s beneficial to rely on cloud adjacent home lab.

On-Premises - HomeLab preparation steps

  • Hyper-V Core, Active Directory youtube along with the channel playlist (https://www.youtube.com/c/ShotokuTech/playlists) - by ShotokuTech
  • Hyper-V core, how to manage it youtube, just a life saver for everyone who is planning to make use of hyper-v and is not yet there with the DSC or PowerShell knowledge.
  • Use Hyper-V and PowerShell to quickly spin up Windows test machines blog
  • Johan Arwidmark blog - building a perfect windows server 2019 reference image
  • AveYo - Media Creation Tool github

On-Premises - Automated lab provisioning

  • GO-EUC github - along with the Virtual Expo 202209 session of @AntonvanPelt and @pvdnborn
  • Citrix-VAD-LAB github - quickly deploy a full CVAD environment on vCenter with ansible and terraform
  • Steven Noel github - Citrix VAD LAB Single
  • XenDesktop7Lab github
  • LabBuilder github
  • Lability github
  • PS-AutoLab-Env github
  • go-euc-lab github
  • win-aic-lab github
  • Install-Lab github
  • MS-Lab github
  • AutomatedXenServerLabs github
  • AutomatedCitrix github

On-Premises - Storage Layer

  • NerdOnTheStreet channel youtube
  • NerdOnTheStreet Intro to LVM youtube
  • LVM Deep Dive youtube
  • Centos8 - Setup NFS server - blog

On-Premises - Network Layer

  • TheNetworkBerg youtube, github - if you are focused on EUC, here is enough content about networking shared in digestable way, which can help you pass MCTNA and MTCRE

On-Premises - PKI

On-Premises - Virtual GPU

  • team GRE videos - 14 hours of free content about the GPU Virtualization
  • Jeremy Main github - Gpu Profiler
  • Julian Mooren blog
  • Chris Twiest blog

On-Premises - Profiles

On-Premises - Monitoring

  • AdamYarborough - EUCMonitoringRedux github - ‘End User Compute Monitoring Platform that is FREE and based on PowerShell. Will cover Citrix, VMware and Microsoft technologies. Driven and written by the community for the community’
  • Sacha Thomet - XA-and-XD-HealthCheck github

On-Premises - Remote Desktop Services

  • Microsoft RDS Migration Guide towards AVD
  • Mehic.se blog - RDS with DSC
  • Microsoft Recommended configuration for VDI desktops docs
  • Simon Another Windows Blog - RDS farm behind NetScaler
  • Julian Mooren - RDS powered by PVS - RDS session host on PVS steroids
  • Denis Gundarev twitter, and his great video - How does the remote protocols work on youtube
  • Jonathon Poling - Ponder the Bits webpage - rdp related event logs
  • Freek Berson github and his blog - his blog post are great to lay down the foreground for Citrix which is nothing else than RDS (Remote Desktop Services), it seems to be good idea to start with Terminal Services and RDS which help structualize knowledge needed for a Citrix guy
  • MsFreaks blog
  • Arjan Mensch github
  • Kristin Griffin webpage - her contribution in RDS area seems to be not that well known, but still she brought added value value to the EUC community
  • Devolutions blog, github
  • Sami Laiho twitter
  • DoublePulsar RDP hijacking

  • RDS Gateway integration with Azure AD for MFA microsoft, along with Nate Harris great series on youtube

On-Premises - Parallels RAS

If you decide to go RDS way, it will be beneficial for you to consider the product calls Parallels

  • Parallels RAS quick start guide youtube

Azure Cloud - Community Shares

Apart from Microsoft learn and docs, there are community shares which helps you being equipped with hints and tips.

  • Microsoft learn webpage
  • The Azure Podcast youtube
  • 90 Days of DevOps github
  • MadeByGPS youtube - what is interesting is that she goes straight to the point, there is no marketing, and experience from the field
  • Cloudpartner.fi blog

    Azure - Training

  • John Savil - Onboarding to Azure - github
  • John Savil - Azure trainings - youtube
  • Thomas Maurer - 2022 Azure study guide - blog this should be a sufficient amount of knowledge to be prepared for studying to AZ-140

  • CloudCommunity github
  • DirsuptTheCloud podcast

  • Awesome Azure Architecture github

  • Hybrid / Trond advises for building hybrid scenarios blog
  • Cloud / WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop) - AIB (Azure Image Builder) vs Packer youtube

Azure - fasttrack for azure

Azure Exam

  • Tim Warner - youtube
  • Thomas Maurer - Why should you become Azure cetfied blog
  • JurgenOn Azure - All the exams - weekly update github

AZ-900

  • AZ-900 - John Savil’s youtube playlist - updated in 05.2022, github, and it’s 2022 Study Cram on youtube
  • AZ-900 - Thomas Maurer blog
  • AZ-900 - Microsoft learning github

AZ-104

  • AZ-104 - Thomas Maurer blog
  • AZ-104 - Microsoft learning github

Azure Virtual Desktop

Before you start deploying any AVD infrastructure, it would be really convinient to get some understanding of the Storage, Networking, ActiveDirectory and a bit of AVD itself. At the time of writing this it is already possible to join the Host Pools to the Azure Active Directory never the less some scenarios needs the Active Directory Services and Hybrid join. It would also be helpful to bring good and consistent naming convention:

  • naming convention blog, microsoft

  • RDS in Azure, correct regular RDS farm in the cloud, not the AVD yet - year of 2017 by Freek Berson blog

  • Ryan Mangan - Mastering Azure Virtual Desktop book
  • Marco Moioli - Azure Virtual Desktop Succinctly book - Free

  • Travis Roberts - Azure Virtual Desktop - youtube, blog
  • Dean Cefola - Azure Academy - how to setup Windows Virtual Desktop youtube
  • Jim Moyle - WVD Image Deployment - github, youtube
  • Johan Vanneuville blog - AVD with terraform
  • Michawest - Architect WVD Workshop - AVD with PowerShell blog

  • Modern Endpoint Management youtube channel

  • Mahammad Kubaib - AZ-140 youtube, linkedin

  • AVD Cloud adoption framework microsoft docs
  • Recommended settings for VDI desktops microsoft

  • AutoScale Pooled Host Pools techcommunity

  • diagrams lucidchart, updated with Azure Icons

AVD - IaC - Bicep

  • Freek Berson - Azure Virtual Desktop as a gaming console github

AVD - lab - IaC

  • StreamingClouds youtube
  • Avd Accelerator github
  • Tighetec blog - avd deployment auzre ad join with Bicep, github
  • go-euc-lab github - AVD and Terraform
  • go-euc-lab github - automated deployment of Azure AVD mentioned by Patrick van den Born on twitter
  • Patrick van den Born blog - HashiCorp, IaC, Automated images builds etc
  • Azure/RDS-Templtes github - ARM Templates for Remote Desktop Services deployments

AVD - key areas towards end user experience

Regardless of the overal engine underneath wich is bringing the Virtual Workplace functionality, there are few key areas which Virtual Workplace ninjas should cover, the list below will expand and cover those elemnts up to some extend.

AVD - Things to consider when planning and designing

  • vdibuzz - Enterprise-scale landing zone reference architecture for Virtual Desktop Service(Citrix/AVD) on Azure blog

AVD - Latency and RTT

AVD - Single Sign on

  • Azure Virtual Desktop SSO with ADFS vdibuzz
  • VDIBuzz SSO and passwrordless with youbikey youtube, along with youbikey supported devices youbikey
  • Enable passwordless security key sign-in to on-premises resources by using Azure AD microsoft
  • How to enable Azure Virtual Desktop hybrid Single Sign-On blog - by raymondzaagsma
  • Configure Single Sign-On for AVD microsoft - W11 22H2, RDP properties “enablerdsaadauth:i:1”
  • 2022.08.24 - Insider preview microsoft

  • Kacper Szurek - 2FA/U2F/FIDO2 - how to use youbikey (session in PL language) youtube, youtube

AVD - FsLogix

  • T-Bone blog, Azure fileshare for WVD with Fslogix blog

AVD - community shares

w365 / m365

  • Alex Danilychev linkedin shares
  • Thomas Marcussen blog - apps in Windows 365, what everyone wants to know
  • M365 recommended block rules microsoft - Defender Application Control
  • Monkey365 github
  • Windows in the cloud microsoft - insider look at Windows 365

EUC

Resources available in context of End User Computing

EUC - community shares

  • Virtual Desktops Community blog
  • EUC Digest webpage, linkedin
  • World of EUC slack, discord
  • Carl Stalhood - EUC weekly digest blog

  • The Pub Forum youtube
  • BriForum youtube
  • RunAsRadio webpage

  • MyCugc webpage, with it’s recoreded webinars on youtube
  • Go-EUC webpage - there is an interesting mission behind the scenes
  • VirtualExpo blog
  • Via Monstra Acaremy webpage

  • Bas van Kaam blog - he is one of the Nerdio evangelist, who shared great green book called the FMA Architecture. Hat’s off for the structualized content he brings.
  • Matthias Schlimm blog and github
  • Trond Erik Haavarstein blog and github, Trond is an founder of VirtualExpo.
  • Freek Berson github - Virtual Workplace Ninja slideck’s, along with The Microsoft Platform youtube channel
  • Claudio Rodriguez blog, apart from that there were RAS university initiative - but for some reason this is no longer active at 2022.
  • David Segura github
  • Helge Klein twitter, blog
  • Christiaan Brinkhoff blog

OSDBuilder

Modern Deployment - Windows 10 Offline WaaS servicing updates via OSDBuilder PowerShell module youtube, blog

Citrix

There are great resources in context of Citrix

Citrix DaaS

  • Denis Span blog - Azure hosting connections in Citrix virtual apps and deskops service deep dive

Citrix Netscaler

  • Esther Barthel github - if you are interested in REST API, Nitro for Citrix ADC and topics around automation, she is the one to follow, as well as some AVD stuff
  • Johannes Norz blog and his fantastic wonderkitchen - here you can benefit for your Citrix ADC skilset
  • Dave Brett blog and github
  • Marius Sandbu blog - content around netscaler and Azure
  • George Spiersblog - his blog is towards, you getting handy with NetScaler and topics on your OS layer
  • Jake Rutski blog
  • Mick Hilrost blog - some Nitro API getting started guide

Citrix - classic’s

Two Carl’s - let’s list them alphabetically: Carl Webster and Carl Stalhood

  • Building Carl Webster lab introduction and the massive pdf - his guide contains 1335 pages. Imagine how much of an errort was made to bring this to life. It’s available for free. Carl’s github
  • Carl Stalhood webpage - great resources and fair amount of links to other places which may bring you up to speed, along with tips for solving many of the issues which may arise, which are not well documented somewhere else.

Citrix - community shares

  • James Kindon fantastic blog, github
  • James Ranklin blog - great stuff
  • Nicolas Ignoto twitter, blog, along with his guide how to setup the lab
  • Denis Span blog - he was my inspiration for some automation topics around PVS etc. His blog is full of examples how the installation of the components building CVAD can be automated. You may customize those scripts for your preference, for instance including the Error and Verbose streams, they are great starting point.
  • Aaron Parker blog,github
  • ZachThurmond, CriticalDesign.net blog - Automating Lab Builds with XenServer PowerShell, github repository
  • Steven Noel blog and github - waiting for his VIAB module which will be suplementary for Ryan’s C Bulter Citrix-VAD-LAB
  • Ryan C Bulter github
  • Thomas Preischl blog
  • Martin Therkelsen blog, github
  • Dennis Mohrmann github
  • Julien Mooren blog,github - he was my inspiration to fork his AutomatedRDS release back in 2017
  • Ryan Gallier blog
  • Trentent Tye content under control up, blog, github
  • Mike Streetz blog, twitter
  • René Bigler blog and his interesting opinion which I trully support
  • Marco Zimmermann blog
  • Manuel Winkel blog, github
  • Daniel Fehler blog
  • Jonathan Pitre github
  • Julian Jakob blog
  • Ben Gelens blog
  • Kris Davis blog
  • John Billekens blog
  • Lee Jeffries blog
  • Christ Twiest blog
  • Barry Browne blog - setup home lab in sixty minutes
  • Jarek Sobel github
  • Jeremy Saunders blog, github
  • Steven Lemonier blog, github
  • Mahammad Kubaib blog, youtube

Citrix (CVAD) - tools

Other

Many of abovementioned EUC experts, links on their blogs shares great tools which may improve your skills in your daily work, and reveal knowledge, which you’ll never get on the trainings guarateed by the vendor, exposing their experience from the field. There are many more, please forgive me I can not enumerate them all here. Depending from the area, many are CTP’s or MVP’s, but there are also grey eminence personas who share valuable information.

Last update: 2022.08.28