The latest technology news – January 2024

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the hottest tech updates in the worlds of Azure, VMware, GitHub, HashiCorp, and other partners. In this series, we’ll have 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 month, we’ll handpick the most insightful and informative articles that cover everything from Cloud, virtualization, Infrastructure As Code (IaC), and DevOps to DAAS – End User Computing – Endpoint management breakthroughs.

So let’s dive into this month’s top tech insights:

DAAS / EUC / ENDPOINT

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) 

  • AVD Community NewsLetters. Learn more
  • Automatic Image Creation using Azure VM Image Builder is now generally available! Learn more
  • AVD Deployment using Bicep 2024. Learn more
  • How to Review and Search AVD Insights Data. Learn more
  • Microsoft updates: Entra ID FIDO2 security key support and Azure Virtual Desktop passwordless sign-in. Learn more
  • Moving VDI Deployments to Azure Stack HCI. Learn more
  • App Volumes Apps on Demand with Azure Virtual Desktop – Feature Walk-Through. Learn more
  • Azure Virtual Desktop vs Windows 365. Learn more
  • AVD Security best practices. Learn more
  • Azure Well-Architected Azure Virtual Desktop workload. Learn more
  • Windows 365 x Azure Virtual Desktop x Advanced Device Redirection. Learn more
  • Announcing Public Preview of Confidential VMs with Intel TDX in Azure Virtual Desktop. Learn more
  • Monitoring AVD with Azure Monitor. Learn more

Windows 365 (W365) / CloudPC

  • The latest weekly W365 newsletter. Learn more
  • What’s new in Windows 365 Enterprise? Learn more
  • New Windows 365 Boot and Switch features in public preview. Learn more
  • Compare Windows App features across platforms and devices for AVD, Windows 365 and Microsoft Dev Box. Learn more
  • Windows 365 Conditional Access. Learn more
  • New book: Securing Cloud PCs and Azure Virtual Desktop: Your expert guide to implementing and optimizing security for Windows 365 and AVD infrastructure. Learn more
  • Windows 365 hands-on episode 3: Track Changes in your environment. Learn more
  • Windows 365: considerations for Privileged Access Workstation (PAW). Learn more

VMware by Broadcom – Horizon

  • EUC Blog newsletters. Learn more
  • VMware Horizon 8 2312 (ESB) released. Learn more
  • VMware ThinApp 2312 released. Learn more
  • VMware App Volumes 4, version 2312 released. Learn more
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2312 released. Learn more
  • Horizon View Agent html5server.exe will crash intermittently with New Teams 2.1 with Horizon View Agent versions below 8.11/2309 (95810). Learn more
  • Teams Optimization: Teams 2.1 optimized video call in a maximized window shows a thin black bar at the bottom with Horizon Agent 2309 or lower (95811). Learn more
  • How To Optimize a Horizon Golden Image with the New Microsoft Teams Client. Learn more
  • Security Enhancements in Unified Access Gateway (UAG) version 2312 and beyond (96373). Learn more
  • Containerized Diagnostics For Unified Access Gateway With UAG Local Troubleshooter. Learn more
  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service – next-gen Release Notes. Learn more
  • Deploy Horizon Cloud on Azure in 5mins. Learn more
  • GPU issues with the VMware Horizon Indirect Display Driver. Learn more

Intune

  • Andrew Taylor weekly Intune newsletter. Learn more
  • Daniel Engberg weekly newsletter. Learn more
  • What’s new in Microsoft Intune January 2024? Learn more
  • New book – Mastering Microsoft Intune: Deploy Windows 11, Windows 365 via Microsoft Intune, Copilot and Advance Management via Intune Suite by Christiaan Brinkhoff and Per Larsen. Learn more
  • Winget Deployment With PSAppDeployToolkit. Learn more
  • IntuneMaps v2. Learn more
  • Optimizing Your Intune Endpoint Lab – Choosing the Ideal Hardware. Learn more
  • Create Desktop Shortcuts for Windows Apps. Learn more
  • Intune Migration Guide. Learn more

MSIX App Attach

Ivanti

  •  Ivanti Workspace Control. End Of Life  31-12-2026. Learn more

Azure

Microsoft 365 / AD

  • Weekly MS Entra latest news newsletter. Learn more
  • Entra – Internet Access for Windows (A first look). Learn more
  • How to configure Entra Private Access to avoid VPN clients. Learn more
  • Microsoft Entra’s Top 50 Features of 2023. Learn more
  • Microsoft Cloud Group Analyzer. Learn more

Microsoft Azure

  • John Savill’s weekly Azure Infrastructure Updates. Learn more
  • Is it beneficial for you to upgrade your Azure VM SKU to the next version? Learn more
  • AzCopy support for Entra ID authentication. Learn more
  • Generally Available: VMware Cloud Director Availability for Azure VMware solution with Run commands. Learn more
  • Migrating from the Azure MMA to AMA Agent. Learn more
  • Getting Started With AVD Insights and the Azure Monitor Agent. Learn more
  • Your Hub VNet Should Have No Compute. Learn more
  • Azure IPAM management solution. Learn more
  • Naming Azure resources using display names – Jev Suchoi. Learn more
  • Azure Virtual Machines baseline architecture. Learn more
  • Microsoft 365 Backup is finally in public preview! Learn more
  • How to handle the 2025 change to Azure VM internet access, including Aviatrix, in Azure Marketplace. Learn more
  • Azure VM Comparison. Learn more

Free Microsoft self-directed learning courses

  • Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps solutions. Learn more
  • Practice Assessments for Microsoft Certifications. Learn more

Windows

  • Windows Server Insider Preview 26040 is out – and so is the new name Windows Server 2025. Learn more
  • WMI command line (WMIC) utility deprecation: Next steps. Learn more

VMware by Broadcom

  • VMware End Of Availability of Perpetual Licensing and SaaS Services. Learn more
  • Automated Lab Deployment Script updated to support VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). Learn more
  • VMware vCenter Server Vulnerability Exploited in Wild. Learn more
  • Automating counting cores & TiBs for new VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF) and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) SKUs. Learn more
  • Deploy nested ESXi VMs using a Kickstart (KS) script and Ansible Automation. Learn more

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Mastering data types in Terraform and Bicep. Learn more
  • Azure Landing Zones Accelerators for Bicep and Terraform. Announcing General Availability! Learn more

GitHub

  • GitHub Certifications. Learn more
  • NEW GitHub Certifications | What are they. Learn more
  • GitHub Foundations Practice Test Walkthrough. Learn more
  • GitHub Foundations Certification Course – Pass the exam in 10 hours! Learn more
  • Code To Cloud Live Stream (GitHub Certifications 2024). Learn more
  • Exam Pro GitHub Foundations video course. Learn more
  • How I passed the GitHub Foundations Certification Exam. Learn more
  • Unofficial Study Guides for GitHub Certifications. Learn more
  • Udemy – GitHub Foundations Certification – Practice Exam 2024. Learn more
  • What’s new in the GitHub Community? – 2024.01.26. Learn more
  • GitHub-hosted runners: Double the power for open source. Learn more

Terraform

  • Terraform 1.7 adds test mocking and config-driven remove. Learn more
  • A Guide to Publishing Terraform Providers to Terraform Cloud Private Registry. Learn more
  • Azure Storage for Terraform State best practices. Learn more
  • Stop using shared secrets! CI/CD authentication the proper way, Use OpenID Connect (OIDC). Learn more
  • Ops ‘n’ Hops: Terraform, Licensing, and Platform Engineering with Matt Gowie. Learn more

Powershell

  • PowerShell Conference EU 2023 sessions are available on YouTube. Learn more

Vembu

  • Join BDRSuite’s exclusive webinar, “Unveiling BDRSuite v7.0.0.U1: Elevate Your Data Protection Strategy” on January 10, 2024. Explore new features, witness live demo, and engage in an interactive Q&A to enhance your data protection and disaster recovery goals. Save your spot here! Learn more
  • BDRSuite announces it participation in MSP EXPO 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from February 13-15, 2024. BDRSuite offers Free EXPO Pass granting exclusive access to MSP Expo breakout sessions, meals, keynotes, workshops, networking receptions, and unlimited Expo Hall exploration. Don’t miss out—secure your free pass here. Learn more
  • In the latest G2 Winter 2024 Report, BDRSuite emerges as a Leader & High Performer in multiple categories, including Server Backup, Database Backup, Small Business Backup Solutions, and Mid-Market. BDRSuite is globally recognized and particularly acclaimed in America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA regions. Read BDRSuite reviews on G2 here.  Learn more

The latest technology news Week 51-2023

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 / AD

  • Active Directory Security Checklist. Link

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Infrastructure Update – 22nd of December 2023. Link
  • Azure Firewall’s Auto Learn SNAT Routes: A Guide to Dynamic Routing and SNAT Configuration. Link
  • Generally available: Crash Consistent VM Restore points. Link

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

  • The Concept of Windows 365 Boot. Link
  • Weekly Newsletter – 16th of December to 22nd of December 2023. Link
  • Week 51-2023 VMware Enduser Computing Updates. Link
  • The new Teams client for Azure Virtual Desktop. Link
  • AppManagEvent 2023 session – Tim Talks MSIX by Tim Mangan. Link
  • Azure Virtual Desktop workload documentation. Link
  • The Concept of Windows 365 Frontline. Link
  • The Future of End User Computing. Link
  • Windows 365: considerations for Privileged Access Workstation (PAW). Link

Defender

  • Agentless scanning for virtual machines in the cloud – technical deep dive. Link

Intune

  • Intune Newsletter – 22nd December 2023. Link
  • Uninstall any application in a jiffy using PowerShell and Microsoft Intune. Link

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • HashiCorp 2023 year in review: Community. Link
  • Validate Windows Activation Status using PowerShell and display the results in a GridView. Link
  • Gentle Introduction to Git and GitHub. Link
  • Stop using the template provider in Terraform. Link
  • Validate UAT Images with Azure Pipelines and Pester. Link
  • Use functions and modules in Windows PowerShell scripts. Link
  • Azure Automation with Ansible. Link

Vembu

  • BDRSuite shatters the Illusion of ‘Unlimited’ cloud storage, offering transparent and cost-Effective solutions, setting a standard in the cloud backup industry. Link

VMware by Broadcom

  • vSphere data loss bug returns – CBT issues in vSphere ESXI 8.0 update 2. Link
  • As Built Report for VMware Horizon Updates. Link

Windows

  • Microsoft Edge For Business Security Whitepaper. Link

The latest technology news Week 50-2023

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

  • Effective file management with the next generation of OneDrive app for Microsoft Teams. Learn more
  • Simplify Resource Access with Entra Access Packages. Learn more
  • Microsoft Entra Private Access protections for on-premises & private cloud network resources. Learn more

Microsoft Azure

  • The Festive Tech Calendar 2023. Learn more
  • Azure Infrastructure Update – 15th of December 2023. Learn more
  • Windows Server upgrade and migration, on-prem, to and in Azure! Learn more
  • Azure Landing Zones – External Community Call – December 2023. Learn more
  • Public Preview: New AMD-based VMs with Increased Performance, Azure Boost, and NVMe Support. Learn more

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

  • Weekly Newsletter – 9th of December to 15th of December 2023. Learn more
  • AVD Community Newsletter – 14th December 2023. Learn more
  • Automating cleanup Entra Joined AVD hosts. Learn more
  • The VDI Design Guide Part 2 is completely free. Learn more
  • Weekly Digest for End User Computing. Learn more
  • Advanced Device Redirection (in AVD, W365, and RDS). Learn more
  • Week 50-2023 VMware Enduser Computing Updates. Learn more
  • EUC Newsletter – Week 50. Learn more.
  • Application Deployment Options for AVD and W365 & MAM for Windows. Learn more

Intune

  • What’s new in Microsoft Intune. Learn more
  • Intune Windows app size (to upload) is now limited to 30Gb/App instead off 8Gb. Learn more

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) / DevOps

  • Platform Engineering: The Big Technical Picture. Learn more
  • Updates to Azure DevOps Demo Generator and Labs. Learn more
  • Playwright Testing and GitHub Actions Tutorial: Run Your Playwright Tests on Every Code Commit. Learn more
  • Simplify getting started with Bicep through easy to digest examples. Learn more
  • Azure Bicep monthly updates — December 2023. Learn more
  • Write Better PowerShell – You’re Out of Excuses. Learn more
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Cloud Migrations: Azure, IaC, DevOps, Terraform, Pipelines w/ Sai Gunaranjan. Learn more
  • Bicep Community Call – December ’23. Learn more

Vembu

  • BDRSuite forms Strategic Partnership with Datta Tech consulting to redefine data protection Across the America, offering cost-effective backup solutions that is unmatched in the market. Learn more

VMware by Broadcom

  • VMware by Broadcom Dramatically Simplifies Offer Lineup and Licensing Model. Learn more
  • ESXi-Arm Fling 1.15 Refresh. Learn more
  • Solve the Blank Page Problem! VCDX Documentation Examples. Learn more
  • VMware discovered a Change Block Tracking (CBT) bug affecting all backup vendors when using vSphere 8.0 U2. Learn more
  • Terraform VMware Cloud Director Provider v3.11.0. Learn more
  • New home for VMware by Broadcom Flings. Learn more
  • Creating & Remediating Image Based Clusters with VMware PowerCLI. Learn more
  • [VCSA] SHA1 Certificates not supported with vCenter 8.0. Learn more
  • The VMware Explore Video Library: Discover A Wealth of Knowledge. Learn more

Windows

  • Microsoft unveils new, more secure Windows Protected Print Mode. Learn more
  • Windows 10 KB5033372 update released with Copilot for everyone, 20 changes. Learn more
  • Microsoft December 2023 Patch Tuesday fixes 34 flaws, 1 zero-day. Learn more
  • Windows Admin Center version 2311 is now generally available! Learn more

Other

  • Generative AI for Beginners – A Course. Learn more