Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure - Public Preview Alert@20aman Mar 25, 2019
Windows Virtual Desktop is a new service that is available as a Public Preview at the time of writing of this blog. This is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud.
You need the following to be able to use this service:
- Azure AD (Active Directory) - If you have an Azure subscription, then you already have this.
- Windows Server Active Directory in sync with Azure Active Directory
- Azure subscription, containing a virtual network that either contains or is connected to the Windows Server Active Directory - this is where the virtualization will be created and configured
Additionally, the Azure VM you create for Windows Virtual Desktop must be:
- Standard domain-joined or Hybrid AD-joined. Virtual machines can't be Azure AD-joined.
- Running one of the following supported OS images: Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session or Windows Server 2016
Working with the Service
At a very high level the steps involve the following:
- Grant Azure Active Directory permissions to the Windows Virtual Desktop Preview service
- Assign the TenantCreator application role to a user in your Azure Active Directory tenant
- Create a Windows Virtual Desktop Preview tenant
- Create a Windows Virtual Desktop Host Pool - available as an offering from the Azure Marketplace right now
You can learn more about this preview and detailed step by step getting started guide here: Windows Virtual Desktop Preview