Quick Tip: How to get the image version of an AVD Session Host?

When you want to identify which AVD session host is deployed from what image version there is a PowerShell module called AzAvd created by Sander Rozemuller that can help. The AzAVD module contains the Get-AvdImageVersionStatus command that helps to identify which AVD Session Host is deployed from what image version using the Azure Compute Gallery (ACG).

Pre-requisites

Script

Below is an example PowerShell script to get the image version of one or more session host(s) in the host pool:

# Install and import the module
Install-Module Az.Avd
Import-Module Az.Avd

# Variables
# Change the variables as needed
$TenantId = "tentant_id"
$SubscriptionId = "subscription_id"
$hostpool = "hostpool_name"
$resourcepool = "resource_group_name"

# Connect
Connect-Avd -DeviceCode -TenantID $TenantId -SubscriptionId $SubscriptionId

# Another way to connect is using a Service Principal
# $TenantId = "000000-00000"
# Connect-Avd -ClientID xxxx -ClientSecret "xxxxx" -TenantID $Tenantid -SubscriptionId $SubscriptionId

# List the Image version used
Get-AvdImageVersionStatus -HostPoolName $hostpool -ResourceGroupName $resourcepool  | Select sessionHostName,currentImageVersion, isLatestVersion

After running the script you get an output of all the AVD Session Hosts in the pool, the version of the image that is used, and if it is the latest image availalble in the Azure Compute Gallery.

The latest technology news Week 39-2023

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the hottest tech updates in the worlds of Azure, VMware, and other partners. In this series, we’ll be curating a collection of must-read articles, each offering a deep dive into the latest technological advancements, news, and trends within these cutting-edge platforms.

We understand that in today’s fast-paced tech landscape, staying informed is key. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you. Each week, we’ll handpick the most insightful and informative articles that cover everything from Cloud, virtualization, Infrastructure As Code (IaC), DevOps to End User Computing breakthroughs.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s top tech insights:

Microsoft 365

  • Entra.News #11: Your weekly dose of Microsoft Entra. Learn more
  • Taking control back (part 1: the add-ins. Learn more
  • Entra ID Conditional Access Policy Design Baseline with Automatic Deployment Support. Learn more
  • My favorite Conditional Access policies to implement (part one). Learn more

Microsoft Azure

  • Default outbound access for VMs in Azure will be retired— transition to a new method of internet access. Learn more
  • Try Azure SQL Database for free (preview). Get 100,000 vCore seconds of compute every month  Learn more
  • Identify anomalies and unexpected changes in cost. Learn more
  • Optimizing your Azure VMs – 3 Simple Steps to Cloud Efficiency. Learn more
  • Azure Firewall Tips from the Field. Learn more
  • Unleash the power of Intune and Azure Virtual Desktop. Learn more
  • A new version of the Azure Workbook for Orphaned Resources is available. Learn more
  • Breaking Change for VM & VMSS PowerShell/CLI Customers. Learn more
  • Use Image Integrity to validate signed images before deploying them to your Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) clusters (Preview). Learn more
  • Infrastructure as Code Testing with Azure Policy. Learn more
  • Securing your Microsoft Azure Backups. Learn more
  • Technology choices for Azure solutions PDF. Learn more
  • Tutorial: Create a lab for classroom training with Azure Lab Services. Learn more
  • Azure Update Manager FAQ. Learn more

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) / Windows 365 / VMware Horizon / EUC

  • Week 39-2023 VMware Enduser Computing Updates. Learn more
  • Do you want to improve the performance of your AVD hosts for no extra cost? Learn more
  • Azure Virtual Desktop Insights Powered by the Azure Monitor Agent. Learn more
  • Weekly Newsletter – 23rd of September to 29th of September 2023. Learn more
  • IGEL releases IGEL Windows 365 App – Connect to your Windows 365 Cloud PC and learn about IGEL Boot to Cloud! Learn more
  • What’s new in Windows 365 Enterprise? Learn more
  • Azure Back To School 2023: Configure the backup of FSLogix profiles with Terraform. Learn more
  • What’s new and next for Windows in the cloud | Tackling Tech. Learn more
  • Intel’s License Free GPUs for VMware Horizon Changes the VDI Game. Learn more

Intune

  • Skilling snack: Configure devices with Windows Autopilot. Learn more
  • Finding Uninstall Commands for all installed apps. Learn more

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Work with environment variables in Azure Bicep. Learn more
  • Creating more re-usable bicep code using user-defined types. Learn more
  • How I cleared Terraform Associate (003) in 2 weeks. Learn more
  • Terraform Certified Associate (003) – How to Study for the Exam. Learn more
  • Do you want to maintain your Bicep Modules Centrally.? Learn more
  • Automate development tasks by using GitHub Actions. Learn more
  • How to deploy domain controllers with Terraform. Learn more
  • Passwordless Azure Deployments with Workload Identity In Azure DevOps. Learn more
  • Announcing template-based previews of Azure CLI and Azure PowerShell for Key Vault deployments. Learn more

Microsoft Defender / Sentinel

  • How to keep track of Defender for Cloud Coverage. Learn more

Vembu

  • BDRSuite by Vembu announces Backup and Recovery support for AWS EC2 instances using AWS APIs, providing versatile backup data storage choices – locally or in the cloud. Learn more

VMware

  • VMware Explore 2023 Barcelona Content Catalog available.  Learn more
  • What’s New in vSphere 8 Update 2? Learn more

Windows

  • Windows 11 September 26 KB5030310 build 22621.2361 highlights. Learn more
  • Releasing Windows 11, version 23H2 to the Release Preview Channel. Learn more
  • Enhancing Windows 11 security, accessibility, and management for enterprises. Learn more
  • How to get the latest Windows 11 innovations. Learn more
  • WinGet 1.6 available. Learn more

Other

  • Xenappblog virtual expo 29/09/2023. Learn more
  • Get-Mailprotection. Check, what security Settings exist for a specific Domain. Learn more

Books

  • Mastering Windows 365: The ultimate guide to designing, delivering, and managing architectures for Windows 365 Cloud PCs. Learn more
  • Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Handbook: A comprehensive guide to adopting and governing the cloud for your digital transformation. Learn more

The latest technology news Week 35-2023

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the hottest tech updates in the worlds of Azure, VMware, and other partners. In this series, we’ll be curating a collection of must-read articles, each offering a deep dive into the latest technological advancements, news, and trends within these cutting-edge platforms.

We understand that in today’s fast-paced tech landscape, staying informed is key. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you. Each week, we’ll handpick the most insightful and informative articles that cover everything from Cloud, virtualization, Infrastructure As Code (IaC), DevOps to End User Computing breakthroughs.

Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s top tech insights:

Microsoft Azure

  • The September Azure Back to School is started. Link
  • Azure VM insights is now Generally Available. Link
  • Azure Firewall: New Features and Region Availability. Link
  • A Quick and Easy Way to Add Renamable Display Names to Azure Resources. Link
  • Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), Plan for IP addressing. Link

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) / Windows 365 / VDI

  • What’s new in Windows 365 Enterprise, August 28, 2023? Link
  • Intune enrollment for Azure virtual desktop (AVD). Link
  • Use cases for Azure Virtual Desktop Insights. Link
  • AVD Community Newsletter – 31st August 2023. Link
  • Windows 365 Flexible Pricing – Control Your IT Costs. Link
  • Azure Virtual Desktop on Azure Stack HCI Series. Link
  • AppLocker for VDI Infrastructure (Citrix/WVD/Horizon). Link
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Client (MSRDC) Version 1.2.4577. Link

Windows

  • Remove Built-in Windows 11 apps leveraging a Cloud-Sourced reference file. Link

Defender

  • Microsoft 365 Defender Monthly news September 2023 edition. Link

Intune

  • Publish apps to Intune. Link
  • Intune Newsletter – 1st September 2023. Link
  • Deploy Driver updates using Intune. Link
  • Windows Start menu Creator Tool. Link
  • Application deployment in Windows 365: recommended practices. Link
  • Intune Debug Toolkit. Link
  • Intune RSS updates. Link
  • The Group Policy analytics tool is now generally available. Link

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Update Office 365 with Azure Automation Runbook for IaaS — step-by-step. Link
  • Configurations I recommend you setup to deploy your Terraform into Azure at scale using GitHub Actions. Link
  • Update the Terraform providers in 5 seconds. Link
  • STOP! Don’t Use Azure DevOps Release Pipelines! Link
  • Use PowerShell to convert App-V to MSIX. Link
  • Using Hugging Face Code Autocomplete in VSCode to help with PowerShell and PowerCLI Scripts. Link
  • Using Automation Runbook Webhooks To Alert on Databricks Status Updates. Link
  • Entra Exporter 2.0 is now available. Link
  • Deploying Terraform Infrastructure to Azure using Azure DevOps Pipelines. Link
  • The PowerShell Best Practices and Style Guide. Link

VMware

  • ESXi-Arm Fling 1.14 Refresh. Link
  • VMware EUC Newsletter – Week 35. Link
  • Unified Access Gateway 2306.1 released. Link
  • VMware Tools updates address a SAML Token Signature Bypass Vulnerability (CVE-2023-20900). Link
  • Download VMware Tools 12.3.0. Link
  • VMware vSphere+ announcing Early Availability of VMware ESXi Lifecycle Management Service. Link
  • Excalidraw – VMware architecture icons. Link

Other

  • NVIDIA vGPU software R535 16.1 released. Link