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What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Posted by Sophie Ashwood | 08-Jul-2020 17:36:10

Microsoft defines Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) as "a desktop and app virtualisation service that runs in the cloud". It enables users to have a complete modern desktop from any device using Azure and is complete with comprehensive compliance and security.

Windows Virtual Desktop is a secure desktop experience that lets users be more productive and work in the way THEY choose.

You get the full desktop environment that you're accustomed to and the administrator can create a different environment based on the user's needs, whether they're in finance, HR or marketing and sales - it can be personalised to the user.

In addition to this, with WVD you can have multiple sessions to the same host, which helps keep costs down.

How do you use Windows Virtual Desktop?

To use the Windows Virtual Desktop, you need a single piece of software installed on the user's device or access to the Windows Virtual Desktop Web Client. This allows your users to work from any device they choose, whether it's a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone - they just need to be connected to the internet.

Windows Virtual Desktop Benefits

Extended Support for Windows 7
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 in January 2020 - with WVD, Windows 7 has extended support, including security, until January 2023, making it a great solution for organisations that couldn't, or didn't want to, upgrade to Windows 10.

Optimised for Office 365
Windows Virtual Desktop is optimised for Office 365 services with a fast, reliable experience from OneDrive, as well as Teams, including video and audio functionality. This helps to increase productivity and provides a great working environment for your users.

Flexibility + Security
WVD offers a flexible solution for your organisation as well as built-in security and management. In can be deployed and scaled in minutes, freeing up your IT department from time-consuming laptop builds.

Remote Working
If your users are working remotely, Windows Virtual Desktop is a perfect solution to help ensure your users can securely access the apps and tools they need, from any device.

If a user needs to work from home but you don't have the equipment for them, a WVD can be setup so they can login securely via their home computer with the desktop client or online web client.

Windows Virtual Desktop provides flexibility for your users, and helps to save on hardware.

What do you need to use WVD?

  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 organisations)
    • Azure AD Domain Services (for hybrid or cloud organisations)

  3. An Azure subscription that contains a virtual network that either contains or is connected to the Windows Server Active Directory

How can we help?

We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, which means we have the highest degree of expertise in working with Microsoft technologies.

We can help you get started with Azure and set up Windows Virtual Desktop for your users. If you have any questions or would like to know more about WVD, please get in touch and we'd be happy to help.

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Topics: Windows Virtual Desktop

Written by Sophie Ashwood

Marketing Executive at AZTech IT Solutions

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