A lot of you know that Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now Generally Available (GA) for almost 6 months and the interest is enormous. WVD can be a good fit for different kind of scenario’s.
What is Windows Virtual Desktop?
“Windows Virtual Desktop, or WVD in short – is a born in the cloud Desktop-As-a-Service platform service offering on top of the Microsoft Azure Cloud. All the infrastructure services, such as brokering, web access, load-balancing, management and monitoring is all setup for you as part of the control plane offering. It also gives you access to the new Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session Operating System – which is completely optimized for the sake of Office 365 ProPlus services, such as Outlook, OneDrive Files on Demand (per-machine), Teams etc.“~ Christiaan Brinkhoff
The only responsibility in terms of management effort is the golden images on top of Azure Infrastructure-As-a-Service (IaaS). The rest is all managed for you through the Azure service SLAs. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Benefits and Features of WVD
Companies are undergoing their digital transformations to become more agile, and Windows Virtual Desktop is a prime example of fluid flexibility.
- Allows you to virtualize both Full desktops and RemoteApps.
- Virtualize Office 365 ProPlus and deliver it to your users
- Reduce your CAPEX costs by lessening the impact of hardware product life cycles
- Lower costs by pooling multi-session resources and reduce the number of virtual machines in your environment
- Bring your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps to any computer with ease.
- Publish as many host pools as you need to accommodate your diverse workloads
- Provides a simplified management experience for your admins
How secure is WVD?
Windows Virtual Desktop session host VMs are not exposed to the internet directly. They can run using a private IP address and run isolated from other workloads or even the internet. The reverse connect technology allows the VMs to be accessed.
When a user connects to the WVD service, the use of Azure Active Directory (AAD) as the identity provider allows you to leverage additional security controls like multifactor authentication (MFA) or conditional access, Deeply integrated with the security and management of Microsoft 365, such as Intune Modern Management