Frequently Asked Questions for Microsoft Azure

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

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

What are the key benefits of Azure Virtual Desktop?

  • Multi-session Windows 10 that delivers the cost advantages of server-based virtualisation.
  • The best service to virtualise Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios.
  • The only service to provide Windows 7 virtual desktop with free Extended Security Updates, giving you more options to support legacy applications while you transition to Windows 10.
  • Bring your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps.
  • Manage Windows 10, Windows Server, and Windows 7 desktops and apps all with a unified management experience on Azure.
  • Seamlessly virtualise both desktops and apps.

What is the new Windows 10 multi-session?

Azure Virtual Desktop enables the capability of Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session available only in Azure. This allows full fidelity access to a Windows 10 experience—including the user experience, Office ProPlus support, Microsoft Edge, Cortona, per user search index, and access to the Microsoft store—whilst taking advantage of the cost efficiency of shared compute resources previously only available with server-based virtualisation.

What operating systems are supported by AVD?

Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 single-session, Windows 7 single-session, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019.

How does AVD solution reduce costs?

AVD reduces customer costs by reducing Infrastructure, Licensing, and Labour costs. Multisession Windows 10 allows significant savings in compute resources, and AVD service now replaces complex management requirements of RDS/VDI solutions. AVD is free to use with many existing licenses and you no longer have to pay for RDS CAL licenses. Finally, labour savings are realised by the shift from IaaS to PaaS, removing the need to manage core services like broker/gateway/web access etc., reducing management overhead.

Will AVD support Microsoft Office?

Yes. The best experience of Office is with Office 365 ProPlus, which is supported by Windows 10 multi-session. Perpetual versions of Office will not be supported by Windows 10 multi-session, but will be supported on Windows Server operating systems with Azure Virtual Desktop.

What is required to run AVD?

You need an Azure Tenant and a Subscription with enough resource creation permissions.

That’s all!

How can one implement AVD in an MSP Partner Scenario?

For each customer you manage, create a AVD tenant in the customers AAD and deploy host pools in the same AAD that communicate with the AVD service.

Will Windows Virtual Desktop be supported with Virtual Desktop Access (VDA)?

Yes. Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) will be supported in Azure Virtual Desktop.