What is Azure Windows Virtual Desktop?

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running on the cloud. It is the only service that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimization for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services Environments. With Azure Windows Virtual Desktop you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, with built-in security and compliance.

Virtual workspace challenge

  • Running dedicated virtual desktops can be inefficient
  • Traditional multi-session deployments do not provide rich client experience

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop solution

Multi-session and single-session Windows 10

  • Fully managed, always up to date, modern Windows user experience
  • Rich desktop experience accessible from any device
  • Scale from one to thousands of user sessions per host pool

Virtual workspace challenge

  • Missing functionality e.g. search, Cortana, Store
  • Challenge to manage different deployment types across different deployment planes

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop solution

Store and legacy app remoting

  • Client-like experience including look-and-feel, Cortana, Edge, desktop search, and Microsoft Store
  • Virtualize Store and legacy apps easily
  • Controlled access, from full desktop down to specific apps only

Virtual workspace challenge

  • Limited time to migrate legacy Windows 7 apps
  • Security concerns post end of Windows 7 support in 2020

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop solution

Free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

  • Full Windows 7 desktop
  • Easily virtualize your existing Windows 7 applications
  • Get free extended security updates for Windows 7 until 2023

Access to Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

  1. Azure Windows Virtual Desktop is available to you at no additional cost if you have an eligible M365 license. Just pay for the Azure resources required.

    To run Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 or Windows 7, you need one of:
    Microsoft 365 F1, E3, E5, A3, A5, Business
    Windows 10 Enterprise E3, E5
    Windows 10 Education A3, A5
    Windows 10 VDA per user

    To run Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, you need:
    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) with active Software Assurance (SA)

  2. Set up your Azure subscription

    Choose your virtual machines (VMs) and storage. Optimize costs via Reserved Instances (up to 72 percent discount) and by using multi-session Windows 10.

Regardless if you are migrating your on-prem VDI or spinning up a new environment in Azure, Inviso’s team of cloud experts can help. We’ll work with you from assessing the environment to getting it up and running in Azure.