Lets look at the Windows Virtual Desktop’s Azure Infrastructure requirements and the licensing requirements below:

Infrastructure Requirements

  1. An Azure Active Directory
  2. A Windows Server Active Directory in sync with Azure Active Directory. You can configure this with one of the following:
    • Azure AD Connect (for hybrid organizations)
    • Azure AD Domain Services (for hybrid or cloud organizations)
  3. An Azure subscription that contains a virtual network that either contains or is connected to the Windows Server Active Directory

Licensing Requirements

  • To run Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10
    • 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 7
    • Microsoft 365 E3, E5, A3, A5, F1, Business…Windows E3, E5, A3, A5
  • To run Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
    • Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access License (CAL) with active Software Assurance (SA)


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