AVD Teardown Guide
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This article covers the removal of VDS and NetApp control while maintaining AVD end user access. Going forward management would be with native Azure/Windows administration tools. After this process is complete it is recommended to contact VDSsupport@netapp.com so that NetApp can clean up our back-end and billing systems.
TDS1 is FS Logix Fileshare
TS1 is Session Host
User has logged in and FS Logix disk was created in:
\\****TSD1\****-Pro$\ProfileContainers (**** = Unique Company Code)
Delete CW Agent service
The CW Agent runs on every machine in the environment. The service that starts this process should be uninstalled with the following command on every VM in the environment. CWMGR1 can be skipped as that VM will be shut down and eventually deleted in most cases. Ideally this action would be run via scripted automation. The video below shows it done manually.
C:\Program files\CloudWorkspace\CwAgent\CwAgent.exe -u
Delete CW Agent service video
Delete CW agent directory
The previous uninstall removed the service that launches CW Agent but the files remain. Delete the directory:
Delete CW Agent directory video
Remove startup shortcuts
The startup items directory contains two shortcuts to files deleted in the previous step. To avoid end user error messages, these files should be deleted.
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\Pen.lnk" "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp\CwRemoteApps.lnk"
Remove startup shortcuts video
Unlink ‘Users’ and ‘Companies’ GPOs
There are three GPOs implemented by VDS. We recommend un-linking two of them and reviewing the content of the third.
AADDC Users > Cloud Workspace Companies
AADDC Users > Cloud Workspace Users
AADDC Computers > Cloud Workspace Computers
Unlink ‘Users’ and ‘Companies’ GPOs video
With the GPO Changes applied we can now shut down the CWMGR1 VM. Once continued AVD functionality is confirmed this VM can be deleted permanently.
In extremely rare cases there is a need to maintain this VM if another server role is running (e.g. DC, FTP Server…). In that event, three services can be disabled to disable the VDS functionality on CWMGR1:
CW Agent (See Above)
CW Automation Service
CW VM Automation
Shutdown CWMGR1 video
Delete NetApp VDS service accounts
The Azure AD service accounts used by VDS can be removed. Login in the Azure Management Portal and delete the users:
Other user accounts can be retained:
.tech domain admins
Delete NetApp VDS service accounts video
Delete app registrations
Two App Registrations are made when deploying VDS. These can be deleted:
Cloud Workspace API
Cloud Workspace AVD
Delete app registrations video
Delete enterprise applications
Two Enterprise Applications are deployed when deploying VDS. These can be deleted:
Cloud Workspace Management API
Delete enterprise applications video
Confirm CWMGR1 is stopped
Before testing that the end users can still connect, confirm the CWMGR1 is stopped for a realistic test.
Confirm CWMGR1 is stopped video
Login and end user
To confirm success, login as an end user and confirm functionality is maintained.