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Remote Workstation Management

Assigning Remote Workstations to End Users

Cloud Access Manager enables you to assign one or more remote workstations to end users. The following section outlines the steps involved:

  1. Click Users from the side menu to display a list of existing enabled users.
  2. Click the Assign and Revoke icon located under the Actions heading. This will navigate to the Virtual Machine list as shown in the image below.
  3. Select the remote workstations you want to assign to the user and select Assign Virtual Machine.

The selected remote workstation have been successfully assigned to the chosen end user. You will be able to see the remote workstations assigned to the specific end user on the Enabled Users screen.

Adding a Remote Workstation to a Defined Organizational Unit with Cloud Access Manager

This section outlines the steps involved in adding a remote workstation to an organizational unit (OU) with the Cloud Access Manager management interface:

  1. Create an OU in the Domain Controller machine.
  2. Get the fully qualified name of the OU.
  3. Log into the Cloud Access Manager management interface.
  4. Click Resource Configuration and select the template for the machine you want to add to the OU.
  5. On the ARM Template Parameter File under "parameters" set the "domainOrganizationUnitToJoin" parameter to the fully qualified name for the OU, an example of this is shown below: alt text
  6. Click Save Template to either overwrite the existing file or save as a new one.

Creating and Deleting Remote Workstations

With Cloud Access Manager it is possible to create new remote workstations and add them to your resources list, and delete existing remote workstations from your resource list. Once you have created and added a remote workstation you can assign it to a user.

Creating a New Remote Workstation

This section outlines the steps involved in creating a remote workstation with Cloud Access Manager:

  1. Click Resources from the side menu to display remote workstation that you currently manage.
  2. Click Create + to display the machine creation options screen. alt text
  3. Select either a graphics or standard agent as your ARM template.
  4. Enter a name for the remote workstation and click Create New.

The remote workstation you created is now visible on the resources screen. The remote workstation is also visible in the Microsoft Azure portal. The 'Deployment Name' field is a tracking identifier that Microsoft Azure uses to show what is being deployed in Azure and its current status.

Creating a Remote Workstation

It can take up to 15-20 minutes to create a remote workstation. You can exit this section and perform other management tasks, the remote workstation will continue to be built in the background.

Deleting a Remote Workstation

When you delete a remote workstation you will also be:

  • Removing the associated NiC
  • Deleting the VHD file from Azure storage
  • Removing the machine from the domain

This section outlines the steps involved in deleting a remote workstation with Cloud Access Manager:

  1. Click Resources from the side menu to display a list of existing remote workstations.
  2. Select the remote workstation you want to delete.
  3. Click the delete icon under Actions heading.
  4. Click Yes to confirm.

Once the deletion is complete, the remote workstation you deleted is no longer visible in the resources screen.

Deallocating and Restarting Remote Workstations with Cloud Access Manager

Cloud Access Manager enables you to deallocate remote workstations, and also enables you to stop and re-start remote workstations when they are not being used. In a typical deployment, the infrastructure components would be up and running 24 x 7 but the remote workstations are most cost effective if only run when needed.

Stopping Remote Workstations

Cloud Access Manager will now by default power down and deallocate a remote workstation that has no active PCoIP or RDP sessions on a Windows workstation and SSH or PCoIP sessions on a Linux workstation, after 4 hours of inactivity. It will also start a machine on-demand based on a user attempting to connect. An administrator can power down remote workstations manually using the Cloud Access Manager management interface, as outlined in the following steps:

  1. Click Resources from the side menu to display a list of existing remote workstations.
  2. Click on the Stop icon beneath the Actions tab. Alt Text
  3. Click Yes to confirm.

A notification will appear stating that the remote workstation you selected is in the process of being stopped. Once the remote workstation has been successfully stopped, a notification will also appear. When you view the remote workstations from within Resources, the remote workstations that have been stopped will have a power state of Deallocated.

Users can power down remote workstations from within their PCoIP session and Cloud Access Manager will automatically deallocate the remote workstation. This will stop the remote workstation from incurring compute charges. Users can power down through the power section of the Start menu on Windows.

User Rights

Users must have sufficient rights inside the remote workstations to shut them down. For Windows Server 2016 the user must be an administrator of the machine, with the default server security options.

Viewing Unallocated and Unassigned Remote Workstations

Cloud Access Manager enables you to view, delete and stop unallocated and deleted remote workstations as outlined in the following section:

  1. Click System Health from the side menu to display a list of unallocated and deleted remote workstations.
  2. Select the deleted or unallocated remote workstations you want to delete, and click the delete icon.

Scheduled Shutdown Through the Azure Portal

The following section outlines the steps involved in enabling the auto-shutdown feature in the Microsoft Azure portal:

  1. Within the Microsoft Azure portal, click the remote workstation icon from the left hand menu to display all available remote workstations.
  2. Click on the remote workstation you want to configure to display a list of configurable options and data on that remote workstation.
  3. Click Auto-shutdown from the list of options.
  4. You will need to enable the feature by clicking On.
  5. Enter the scheduled shutdown time, the team zone and if you want a notification sent to your email address 15 minutes before auto-shutdown occurs. Alt text
  6. Once you have entered all required information, click Save.

Shutdown remote workstation resources will be automatically restarted by the Cloud Access Manager broker when you log back into the machine.

Pre-shutdown notifications

If you choose to use the 15 minute pre-shutdown notification you will be given the option to extend the shutdown by 1-2 hours at which time another notification will be sent.

Vertical Scaling of a Remote Workstation

Cloud Access Manager enables administrators to create end users and remote workstations in the Azure resource group deployment. It is possible to change the machine size of a deployed remote workstation through the Microsoft Azure portal, as different end users' needs, see PCoIP Session Planning Administrators' Guide for more information on workload planning.

Scaling a Remote Workstation through the Microsoft Azure Portal

The following section outlines the steps involved in scaling a remote workstation deployed on the Cloud Access Manager through the Microsoft Azure portal:

  1. Within the Microsoft Azure portal, click the remote workstation icon from the left hand menu to display all available end-user applications machines.
  2. Click the remote workstation you want to scale to display a list of configurable options and information on that virtual machine.
  3. Click Size from the list of options to display the different remote workstation packages. Alt text
  4. Click on the remote workstation size you require, and click Select.

In the Overview window you can track the status of the remote workstation. It will go through the power stages of Deallocating, to Starting to Running. Once it is at the power stage of Running, you can connect back to the re-sized remote workstation and log back in. You can check the new remote workstation size in the Resources page within the Cloud Access Manager.