Why a Windows Server 2019 VDI should be Hybrid Azure AD joined

What is Hybrid Azure AD Join ?

Let’s just start with the official definition from the Microsoft documentation:

Hybrid Azure AD Join: Joined to on-premises AD and Azure AD requiring organizational account to sign in to the device.

This means that after the device is Hybrid Azure AD joined, it behaves the same as any other computer connected to Active Directory.

Sign in with an Active Directory account is required.
User credentials are verified against an Active Directory domain controller.
Group Policy objects for users & computers read from the domain controller are applied automatically.

Hybrid Azure AD Join

After the Active Directory connection process is complete, additional steps are performed asynchronously in the background to register the device in Azure AD as well.

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Installing Workspace Environment Management Version 2012

Workspace Environment Management optimizes Citrix workers for the best possible performance (user density, logon time and application response time).

WEM is subject to the Current Release Lifecycle (Additional Component) and therefore there is no LTSR version of WEM available.

To use WEM, you must have an active Customer Success Services (CSS) for one of the following licenses:

  • Citrix Virtual Apps Advanced
  • Citrix Virtual Apps Premium
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Advanced
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Premium
  • Citrix Workspace Premium
  • Citrix Workspace Premium Plus

Technical Overview

Workspace Environment Management (WEM) is based on the following architecture:

WEM architecture

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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops & WEM 2003 is released

The new current releases of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Workspace Environament Management & Citrix Provisioning are now available. They contains many new features compared to the last LTSR.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2003
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Install Teams & OneDrive in Citrix (Machine-Based)

In the past months, I have had to deploy Microsoft Teams and OneDrive from the Office365 portfolio in Citrix environments, in addition to the standard office applications in numerous projects.

Microsoft Teams

The standard installation, that the user can perform through the Office365 portal, is a user-based installation. In a Citrix environment, this is only recommended for desktop operating systems (pooled or personal desktop).

A user-based installation can be detected very quickly in the User Profile, since data is then located under AppData\Local\Microsoft\Teams.

Teams User Based Install

This type of installation in a worker with server operating system has many disadvantages:

  • No control over the installed version
  • Several different versions possible on the same worker
  • Complete data (~1 GB) is stored in the user profile
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Upgrade to Virtual Apps and Desktops Version 1912 LTSR

On December 18, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (CVAD) version 1912 was released. Following a little guide to the update to the latest version.

Link to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Documentation

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops EOM EOL Matrix
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