A previously unknown concept for most people has been that of remote working. But, due to the surge of corona virus patients across the globe, remote working has become the most favored working model. Most companies are operating with their employees stuck in their homes. Now, remote working comes with its own set of challenges for an organization.

The lack of constant communication, the threat to your data’s security, and the inability to access your devices can make working hard. Also, with everyone working remotely, it can become harder to control & limit access to data at various levels in a team. To tackle these problems & ensure working, as usual, you must rely on virtual desktops like the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).

Are you eligible for WVD?

To be eligible to access Windows 10 and Windows 7 with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), one must have one of the following licenses.

  • Microsoft 365 E3/A3​
  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5​
  • Microsoft 365 F1​
  • Microsoft 365 Business​
  • Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5​
  • Windows 10 Education A3/A5​

Along with this, if you have an RDS CAL license with software assurance (SA), then you are also eligible for Windows Server 2012 R2 and newer desktops and apps.

What does WVD bring you?

High-level Architecture

WVD provides virtualized infrastructure as a managed service using the Azure Active Directory identity management. You can deploy and manage the VM’s in your Azure subscriptions by using existing tools like the configuration manager. You can also connect to on-premise resources where Microsoft manages your devices, like your computer, storage, and networking.

Along with this, other devices managed by Microsoft include –

  • Web access
  • Diagnostics
  • Gateway
  • Management
  • Broker
  • Load management

Besides this, your WVD subscription provides you control over –

  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and up
  • RemoteApp

Smarter costing

With WVD, you only have to pay for the Virtual Machines (VM’s) storage and networking consumed when you use the service. In WVD, you have the flexibility to pick any VM and storage options to match your cases. Options such as one-year or

three-year Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances can save you up to 72% versus pay-as-you-go pricing. You can easily exchange or return Reserved Virtual Machine Instances.

Multi-session Windows10 experience

With the help of WVD, you can now provide your users with the only multi-session Windows 10 experience virtualized in the cloud. It is highly scalable, updated, and readily available on any device. To do so, WVD provides you the following features:

  • Multi-session and single session Windows 10.
  • Free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates.
  • Store and legacy app remoting.

Optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus

WVD helps to enable Optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus to provide your users with the most productive virtualized experience and multi-session virtual scenarios. In a multi-session environment, what makes Office perform better is the Office 365 containers and outlook and OneDrive for business support. In non-persistent settings, profile containers enable a faster and better experience.

FSLogix Technologies

Users eligible for the acquisition of FSLogix get access to three significant pieces of technology, viz. profile container, app masking, and java redirection. We have discussed each in brief below.

  1. Profile container: It is useful in replacing roaming profiles and folder redirection, including the Office 365 data, which roams all the cache data.
  2. App masking: It allows a single image with all apps. It has excellent app compatibility without packaging, sequencing, backend infrastructure, or virtualizing.
  3. Java redirection: It plays a vital role in protecting the enterprise from vulnerabilities of multiple installed Java versions by mapping specific versions to individual apps or websites.

OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that helps you to store all your essential files and then access them virtually anywhere. WVD provides you with Onedrive for business with full support and new virtualization optimizations. A few advantages of OneDrive are as follows:

  1. OneDrive sync will run even in non-persistent environments.
  2. Has co-authoring and collaborative capabilities.
  3. It has files on-demand capabilities.
  4. Can automatically populate user profile folders.
  5. It has OneDrive per-machine installer.

Outlook Optimizations

You can have the ever-improving Outlook and ProPlus per-user optimizations with WVD. For a better startup experience, you can sync your inbox before the calendar with an option to reduce your calendar sync window. You can also reduce the number of default synced folders.

Faster Deployment & scaling

Azure has data centres in 54 regions & 140 countries that securely store all your data. You get unified management in your Azure portal that makes the easy deployment & faster virtualization of modern legacy desktop app experiences possible. You can always count on Window’s & Azure’s built-in security & compliance to keep your data secure.

Migrate Windows Server desktop & app

Azure’s simplified infrastructure management & deployment experience gives you the freedom to migrate your Windows Server desktops & apps or your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment. You get constant support for newer servers along with the current Windows Server 2012 & Remote Desktop Services 2012R2.

Windows Virtual Desktop, with its number of settings & features, helps you have seamless remote working experience. It allows you to store your data securely and access it from anywhere at any time. You are no longer confined to an office to work & scale your business but can take your office with you over a browser.