A virtual desktop is an internet hosted desktop service. This means that your desktop environment is stored online, on a remote server. You can then access your desktop and apps from any device, from anywhere, at any time.
If you are away from your PC but need access to files, you can access them through other devices e.g. by logging in at home on your tablet, PC, or mobile device as if you were actually using your physical computer.
Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualisation service – that is hosted in Azure. As it’s in the cloud, you have peace of mind knowing it’s always secure and up to date. An added benefit is that it is easily scalable, and you can go up or down in usage as required.
Virtual desktops are becoming an extremely appealing solution to businesses as they provide cost and time savings, increased employee efficiency and also security.
Here’s a basic overview of what you can do when you run Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure:
Set up a multi-session Windows 10 deployment that delivers a full Windows 10 with scalability
Virtualise Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise and optimise it to run in multi-user virtual scenarios
Bring your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps to any computer
Virtualise both desktops and apps
Manage Windows 10, Windows Server, and Windows 7 desktops and apps with a unified management experience
With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can set up a scalable and flexible environment:
Create a full desktop virtualization environment in your Azure subscription without having to run any additional gateway servers.
Publish as many host pools as you need to accommodate your diverse workloads.
Bring your own image for production workloads or test from the Azure Gallery.
Reduce costs with pooled, multi-session resources. With the new Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capability exclusive to Windows Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role on Windows Server, you can greatly reduce the number of virtual machines and operating system (OS) overhead while still providing the same resources to your users.
Provide individual ownership through personal (persistent) desktops.
You can deploy and manage virtual desktops:
Use the Windows Virtual Desktop PowerShell and REST interfaces to configure the host pools, create app groups, assign users, and publish resources.
Publish full desktop or individual remote apps from a single host pool, create individual app groups for different sets of users, or even assign users to multiple app groups to reduce the number of images.
As you manage your environment, use built-in delegated access to assign roles and collect diagnostics to understand various configuration or user errors.
Use the new Diagnostics service to troubleshoot errors.
Only manage the image and virtual machines, not the infrastructure. You don’t need to personally manage the Remote Desktop roles like you do with Remote Desktop Services, just the virtual machines in your Azure subscription.
You can also assign and connect users to your virtual desktops:
Once assigned, users can launch any Windows Virtual Desktop client to connect users to their published Windows desktops and applications. Connect from any device through either a native application on your device or the Windows Virtual Desktop HTML5 web client.
Securely establish users through reverse connections to the service, so you never have to leave any inbound ports open.
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