Import an Existing VM

Import an Existing VM

You can import an existing VM as an image into Nerdio Manager. For example, you can take a custom VM from another virtual desktop deployment, that has all your applications installed, and use it as a custom image in your Nerdio Manager AVD deployment.

Note: In order for this to work, your VM needs to be based on a Managed Disk. That is, you need to generate the accompanying SAS URL directly from the Azure portal, as explained below.

To import an image:

  1. In Azure, navigate to the virtual machine.

    Warning: Make sure that the VM is powered off.

  2. Navigate to Settings > Disks.

  3. Select the OS disk and then select Disk Export.

  4. Select Generate URL.

    The URL is generated.

  5. Copy the generated URL to the clipboard.

  6. In Nerdio Manager, navigate to Desktop Images.

  7. Select Add from Azure VM.

  8. Enter the following information:

    • SAS URL: Paste the URL from the clipboard.

    • Create image VM as Gen2: Select this option to create the VM as Gen2.

      Note: By default, desktop image VMs are created as Gen1. See this Microsoft document to learn more about the differences between Gen1 and Gen2 VMs.

      • Use Trusted Launch: Select this option to use trusted launch.

        Note: Azure offers trusted launch as a seamless way to improve the security of Gen2 VMs. Trusted launch protects against advanced and persistent attack techniques. Trusted launch is composed of several, coordinated infrastructure technologies that can be enabled independently. Each technology provides another layer of defense against sophisticated threats. See this Microsoft document to learn more about trusted launch.

    • Uninstall FSLogix app: Select this option if the FSLogix app is already installed in the base image and you want to remove it in order to allow Nerdio Manager to manage FSLogix.

    • Uninstall AVD agent: Select this option if you are creating an image from an existing AVD session host where the AVD agent has been previously installed.

    • Enter the information for the other fields. See Import Images from the Azure Library for detailed information.

  9. Once you have entered all the desired information, select OK.

    The desktop image import task starts.

Tip: Be sure to uninstall the AVD agent before you set this imported VM as a desktop image. See Desktop Images Manually Uninstall AVD Agent for details.

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