Windows Virtual Desktop is a combined cloud equivalent of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and App Virtualization. Windows Virtual Desktop enables you to effortlessly maintain your desktop image, applications, and users. You also do not have to worry any longer about managing resources such as RDS gateways, licensing, and load balancing.
Here are the top five benefits of the new Windows Virtual Desktop in Azure:
1. Range of Potential Uses
The amount of use cases for WVD are endless. For example, virtual desktops can be provided to remote workers securely using your existing Active Directory for authentication, thus allowing users to access their desktop from home via the internet.
Do you have a legacy application that you want to publish to a subset of users? Applications can be installed on a WVD host and published to a group of users in order to minimize maintenance and management.
WVD is a global service from Azure. WVD hosts can be deployed in multiple regions around the world to support your users globally. Being able to provide virtual desktops within the same geographic regions of your remote users ensures a great user experience.
2. Windows 10 Multi-Session
WVD hosts can be Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012R2, 2016, or 2019. However, a major benefit of WVD is the availability of the Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-Session Operating System.
This OS support allows for multiple users to log into a single Windows 10 VM. The multi-session capability promotes significant cost savings compared to other VDI solutions. In standard VDI solutions, single users are assigned a dedicated virtual machine. Whereas when using Windows 10 multi-session with WVD, multiple users are assigned to a pool of desktops, thus sharing resources (and costs).
3. Image Maintenance
WVD deployments are always based on some form of VM image, whether it is a standard Azure marketplace image or a “golden image” created by an IT Team to cater to company needs.
When it comes to “golden images” there is a lot of administrative effort and many moving parts that go into creation, maintenance, and distribution of these images while keeping track of all changes; it can be a hectic and time-consuming task for businesses of any size.