When Windows Virtual Desktop was introduced 2 years ago, no one expected that a remote workforce will be the norm. To support the remote workforce, companies turned to the Windows Virtual Desktop to provide users with a secure, easy to manage, and personal computing experience using Windows 10 from the cloud.
The name of Windows Virtual Desktop was changed to Azure Virtual Desktop and along with the change are the new capabilities and features to address the changing needs of the remote workforce.
Enhanced support to Azure Active Directory
The Azure Active Directory is a critical service being used by organizations all over the world in managing user access to applications and sensitive company data while maintaining strong security controls. Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines can be joined directly to Azure Active Directory (AAD) and connected to virtual machines from any device with all the basic credentials. Virtual machines can be automatically enrolled with Microsoft Endpoint Manager. The need for a domain controller will also be eliminated to streamline deployment and reduce costs.
Manage Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session virtual machines
Microsoft Endpoint Manager allows a user to manage policies and distribute applications across different devices. For example, Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines can be enrolled to Microsoft Endpoint Manager and managed through the admin centre of Microsoft Endpoint Manager in the same way as shared devices. This will simplify management and provide a centralized view across physical devices and virtual desktops.
Deploy in minutes for a new onboarding experience
The new onboarding experience is streamlined for Azure Virtual Desktop to validate requirements, kick-off automated deployment, and to implement best practices. A full Azure Virtual Desktop environment can be set up in just a few clicks through an Azure subscription.
Because Azure Virtual Desktop is managed through Microsoft Azure portal, desktop instances can be scaled to meet business needs while on the go. Admins can increase virtual desktops, add virtual RAMs or allocate more virtual hard disk storage with a few clicks. Meanwhile, there is an IT support team that can handle device setup, install all the programs that the remote workforce needs and configure them according to compliance standards.