CloudJumper has released Cloud Workspace® Management Suite (CWMS) version 5.3! With this new release, CWMS 5.3 enhances key platform features, including Self-Service Password Reset, granular support for segmenting Azure Virtual Networks, and new updates to Wake-On-Demand.
Many new items have been introduced, such as WVD support and the ability to automatically deploy and manage virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure Government using CWMS.
Here is an overview of the new features:
Support for Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop
Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service hosted on Azure cloud infrastructure. CWMS 5.3 integrates with WVD APIs to orchestrate speedy implementations of all sizes. The virtual desktops are deployed within Azure cloud infrastructure and used for compute, storage, diagnostics, advanced networking, and connection brokering to run workloads at scale, while reducing desktop management, infrastructure, and support costs. In addition to WVD, CWMS 5.3 will continue to support IaaS-based RDS currently available for production deployments in Azure, including Azure Government, other public clouds, and hybrid/on-prem deployments.
- Support for Windows Virtual Desktop Preview
- CloudJumper’s WVD functionality is free to use for evaluation purposes until January 1st, 2020 (Azure subscription and consumption fees apply)
- Full support for WVD on Day-1 once GA by Microsoft
- Support for configuring and provisioning WVD-based deployments
- Integrates with WVD APIs
Watch this brief demonstration video of the CWMS’s support for WVD to see it in action:
CWMS for WVD Demo Video
Support for Azure Government
CWMS 5.3 provides support for automated deployments in Azure Government Cloud.
US government agencies or their partners interested in cloud services that meet government security and compliance requirements, can be confident that Microsoft Azure Government provides world-class security, protection, and compliance services. Azure Government delivers a dedicated cloud enabling government agencies and their partners to transform mission-critical workloads to the cloud. Azure Government services handle data that is subject to certain government regulations and requirements, such as FedRAMP, NIST 800.171 (DIB), ITAR, IRS 1075, DoD L4, and CJIS.
Wake-on-Demand Workload Scheduling & Scaling
New with v5.3 of Cloud Workspace Management Suite, Wake on Demand is now user-context-aware. This means that different types of users will wake different resources on-demand, depending on what they use. Scenarios include:
- VDI users will wake their VDI system, plus all corresponding data servers such as a fileserver needed or database server for apps.
- RDSH server for shared user sessions will wake a single shared session host server, plus all corresponding data server dependencies.
In addition, there are now API commands available for setting Workload Schedules depending on the server role. The roles include:
- Platform server
- Shared server
- VDI User server
- Data server
Cost Estimator for Azure
CloudJumper’s Azure Cost Estimator is an easy way to determine what your WVD or RDS environment will cost. The default mode streamlines the process and makes decisions based on Microsoft’s best practices. There’s also an advanced mode that provides more granular adjustments to the resources used in your environment.
Cost Estimator URL: https://v6.manage.cloudworkspace.com/cost-estimator
Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR)
The self-service password reset feature provides a means for users to reset their passwords without involving the help desk. The Cloud Workspace Client for Windows will provide a prompt for users that enter an incorrect password when logging into a v5.3 Cloud Workspace deployment. If the user has become locked out of their AD account, this process will also unlock accounts.
SSPR is supported with:
- Cloud Workspace Client for Windows
- For non-Windows client devices, passwords can be reset from within Cloud Workspace Management Suite console
Automated Security Hardening
Cloud Workspace deployments now provide automated security hardening that complies with PCI DSS v3 standards.
Network segmentation for Cloud Workspace deployments automatically build three role-based network subnets for domain infrastructure services, platform services, and client services (e.g. virtual desktops and apps).
Cloud Workspace for Azure Setup now builds and segregates resources in the deployment between three role-based subnets. During deployment the customer provides a starting IP for a /20 network scope (which becomes the address space in the Azure VNets). Cloud Workspace for Azure setup service automatically provisions three subnets inside this scope:
Global Network /20
- Domain Services subnet /29
- Platform Services subnet /27
- Client Services subnet /23
TLS 1.2 Enforcement
TLS 1.2 is now used for communication between all cloud control plane and deployment components.