Microsoft launched Windows Virtual Desktop for general availability on the 30th of September 2019.
Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) allows companies the ability to deploy session based desktops to their users without the complexity and costs of running a full Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment. In a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment Microsoft takes the management and configuration of the core infrastructure away from the administrator making the deployment of the virtual desktops in Azure easier and brings down the operation costs. In a traditional RDS deployment in Azure separate servers would need to be deployed for the Web access, Connection Broker and Gateway servers, requiring time for maintenance of the servers as well as the costs associated with running the VM’s in Azure. The Subscription Administrator of the Windows Virtual Desktop deployment will only need to manage the permissions, applications, maintenance and Images of the VM’s, all the other components of the deployment are automatically managed by Microsoft.
Windows Virtual Desktop images can be based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and higher, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session or Windows 7 Enterprise. If you use Windows 7 in your Windows Virtual Desktop environment Microsoft will provide extended security support for up to 3 years after the support end date of 14th January 2020. Extended support for Windows 7 can be purchased after the support end date however there are additional charges for this service from Microsoft.
For further information into the requirements and initial configurations required to deploy Windows Virtual Desktop to a Azure tenant see Ryan Mangans IT blog regarding configuration of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)
- Download our Windows Virtual Desktop whitepaper to find out more
- Download our Windows Virtual Desktop datasheet
- book a free Windows Virtual Desktop workshop with Systech
- book a Windows Virtual Desktop Proof of Concept Deployment