In the Aug 28, 2023 release for Windows 365 Enterprise, the reports for Connected Frontline Cloud PCs were announced. In today’s post, I will showcase how to access and make sure of the new report available within Microsoft Intune.
What does the report offer?
The primary aim of the Connected Frontline Cloud PCs report is to provide clarity on concurrent connections based on each frontline Cloud PC. This is crucial for businesses and IT Admins to understand their usage patterns and ensure they have the correct number of licenses. By analyzing the maximum concurrent connections, we can determine if there’s a need to acquire more licenses. This ensures that end users have uninterrupted access to their Frontline Cloud PCs. You can read more about Frontline Cloud PC provisioning in my previous blog post – PowerShell – Frontline Workers – Create Windows 365 Cloud PC Provisioning Policy | AskAresh
Accessing the report – Connected Frontline Cloud PCs
To view the report in Microsoft Intune portal, you can follow these steps:
- Login to the Microsoft Intune admin center.
- If you don’t have the necessary permissions to manage Windows 365. You will also need these two roles to view the report (SharedUseLicenseUsageReport and SharedUseServicePlans)
- Go to Devices > Overview > Cloud PC performance (preview) > You will find the report name Connected Frontline Cloud PCs. > Select View report
I have two licenses for Windows 365 Frontline Cloud PCs in my lab. I have four provisioned Cloud PCs. However, the maximum Cloud PCs that can be connected and worked upon simultaneously are two.
Scenario 1 – One Frontline Cloud PC connected out of my total two licenses
There is no warning here when one frontline Cloud PC is connected.
Scenario 2 – Two Frontline Cloud PC connected out of my total two licenses
You can see a warning stating you have reached the concurrency limit. The third session of frontline cloud PC will not be allowed.
Concurrent Frontline Cloud PC Connections
This is how the overall report looks when you click on the Cloud PC Size. The report aggregates data for the last 28 days and showcases:
- The current number of connected Frontline Cloud PCs.
- The maximum number of connected Frontline Cloud PCs for each day within the selected range (either 7 or 28 days).
- The maximum concurrency limit.
- Warnings when nearing or reaching the maximum concurrency limit.
It’s worth noting that this report is tailored for Windows 365 Frontline. If a business hasn’t purchased any Windows 365 Frontline licenses, the report will remain empty.
I hope you will find this helpful information for estimating and tracking the frontline worker concurrent usage via this report. Please let me know if I have missed any steps or details, and I will be happy to update the post.