Basic Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) – Remote App setup

In a recent video I set up an Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) environment. That showed how to create an Application Desktop. The above video now shows you how to extend that environment to include a Remote App into the same user Workspace. The Remote App capability allows you to publish just a hosted application for users rather that a whole desktop. This makes it easy to host virtual applications for additional security and cost reduction.

A direct link to the video can be found here:

Basic Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) – Remote App setup – YouTube

Better passwordless logins are here

Microsoft has announced some great improvements to the Microsoft Authenticator passwordless process.


One of these, as you can see above, I have already enabled on my tenant. It allows you to do number matching AND provides you the location from where you are logging in via a map.

To enable this in your tenant visit the link:

Enable additional context in the portal

This is a great enhancement for MFA with Microsoft 365. Simple and easy to use. Great work Microsoft. You can read about the other exciting announcements here:

Several Microsoft Authenticator security features are now available!

Need to Know podcast–Episode 278

In this episode I round up the major updates from Microsoft Ignite November 2021 as well as having a chat with Phil Meyer, Partner Technology Strategist – Hosting and Cloud from Microsoft about things like the new Microsoft commerce platform. Plenty of great information in this episode, so listen in and share around.

Take a listen and let us know what you think –

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Ignite November 2021 book of news

Introducing Microsoft Defender for Business

Windows 365 Business will offer Windows 11 and admin capabilities

Change your SharePoint domain name (preview)

Rich, secure content and collaboration for hybrid work – Ignite 2021 announcements

New Power Platform capabilities announced at Microsoft Ignite

Introducing Microsoft Loop

Q&A in Teams is in Public Preview

Microsoft Ignite Fall 2021: Innovations coming to Microsoft Teams

Power Platform Community November webinar–Sessions

As mentioned here:

Power Platform Community November webinar

We had some issues with the screen recordings. The presenters graciously agree to re-record each of their sessions and they are now available for viewing here:

Patron Power Platform Community November 2021 Webinar – Session 1 – YouTube

Patron Power Platform Community November 2021 Webinar – Session 2 – YouTube

Patron Power Platform Community November 2021 Webinar – Session 3 – YouTube

Power Platform Community November webinar

You can now view the recording of the Power Platform Community November webinar here:

Unfortunately, something went wrong with the screen sharing between the presenters! We’ll look at get individual recordings of their presentations up soon. Stay tuned

The slides are also available:

Watch out for the opportunity to register for the December webinar!

We shall remember them

It is time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of others. Many of these, unfortunately, go unnoticed and unappreciated. The good thing is most sacrifices are not made with a desire of repayment, they are freely given.

Over 100 years ago our nation, along with many others, sacrificed the lives of millions of people in what is commonly referred to as the Great War. Yet, immediately after that sacrifice, a greater of lives were lost to the Spanish Flu.

The outcome of both events was the same for many. Death. This is also something that all of us have in our future. It is a certainty, yet we spend our whole lives avoiding the acknowledgement that our time is limited. For many, it came much sooner than they expected and in places they didn’t expect.

As we enter a world that is opening up after this generations’ pandemic, we should turn and examine the lessons of history. It wasn’t that long after the Great War and the Spanish Flu that the world was plunged yet again, into another global war that slaughtered yet more millions of people.

The moral is that appreciation for what we have is something worth contemplating. A great way to acknowledge this gift is to sacrifice for others. It is not the amount or value of the sacrifice that matters, it is the effort of that sacrifice that makes it worthwhile for both giver and receiver.

Today, we take a moment. In silence, and remember the many that provided the ultimate sacrifice for us to live with the benefits we experience today. As much as we need to thank those who gave to us, we must provide for those who are to come. We should look to build on what those before gave to us. That is the best way to demonstrate our gratitude.

The world and people in it are far from perfect, but if they have anything in common it is a sense of where they are right here, right now. That is not a result of their own designs. It is the  integration of their intention and the sacrifices of others.

To those that served us, and continue to serve us. Whether on the battlefield or in a hospital, directly or indirectly. Thanks. Your efforts have made a difference far beyond what you will ever appreciate.