Azure RDS setup

Murray Brown
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I installed RDS last night to give multiple users access to my Azure Windows 2016 VM.
It took almost 2 hours and gave me no indication of costs. Is this normal. Why does Microsoft make setting this up so hard?
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Jane UpdegraffSr. Systems Administrator

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That's typical of Azure. And it depends on who you actually pay your Azure bill to. If you have a CSP, a "cloud solution provider" then you NEVER see your costs except on the CSP's own billing tools. But if you pay directly to Azure, you can go to your subscriptions and billing page in the admin portal and you should be able to see the hourly and daily costs there, as well as get some rudimentary reports. But you don't see the costs until AFTER you create the resource. It's dumb I agree. I have a rough pricing calculator that I use to estimate, let me find it and I'll post it here in a minute ....
Sr. Systems Administrator
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OK here is the latest version of the Azure pricing calculator that you can use to estimate the cost of a resource BEFORE you build it. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/
Murray BrownASP.net/VSTO Developer

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Thanks very much Jane
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Jane UpdegraffSr. Systems Administrator

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No problem. You might want to get yourself a CSP, though, if you are going to do a lot of stuff in Azure. I know my entire experience in Azure has drastically improved with the help of a CSP (I use a company called SkyTerra) to explain everything to me before I do it. Your Azure resources cost the same when you go through a CSP or even a little less, because the CSP has economy of scale ... but then you also have a resource that you can ask about what's possible and not, how they do their various kind of storage and replicas / backup (which is very complex) .. just a thought.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

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Setting up RDS as in Broker/Gateway/Web and Session Host on one VM in Azure?

A typical RDS setup once the PowerShell is run to get all of the roles configured including the Session Hosts on a separate set of VMs can take a good hour or more if compute is weak.

If the client using the setup only works 9-5 then schedule the VMs to shut down during non-working hours.
Murray BrownASP.net/VSTO Developer

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Thanks Philip

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