Azure VDI: What To Know

The Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (VDI) provides companies with a robust cloud-based infrastructure that allows companies and their employees to access their desktops, applications, and files from anywhere. With more and more teams moving towards a remote work environment, you need a scalable & secure network you can trust. The Azure VDI aims to provide that sense of familiarity with the Windows OS while also offering you advanced levels of security and lowered costs. 

What Is It?

Based on Azure’s Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service, the VDI utilizes Azure resources to create a full infrastructure for the remote delivery of desktops across your entire organization. The Azure VDI was designed to allow you to provide windows desktops to any client device. The WVD offers: 

  • Support for multi-user deployments with Windows 10
  • Integration with Microsoft solutions, such as Office 365
  • Extended support for Windows 7, including security via Microsoft 365

Users can enjoy direct access to your Windows desktop and applications using the Azure virtual desktop client such as Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and HTML5.

Benefits Of The Azure VDI

Delivery of Windows Desktops Practically Anywhere: Your employees can enjoy a seamless desktop experience as the Azure VDI is the only fully optimized virtual environment for Windows 11 and Microsoft 365.

Simple Deployment and Robust Scalability: Deployment doesn’t need to be a difficult process, which is why the Azure VDI aims to simplify that process, getting your team onboarded & operating immediately. Additionally, the Azure VDI offers immense flexibility & scalability depending on your business’ needs. The Azure portal is your management hub for Azure Virtual Desktop. Configure network settings, add users, deploy desktop apps, and enable security with a few clicks.

Turnkey Security Features: Azure’s VDI comes packaged with a variety of security features to keep your applications, files, and core data safe from outside threats. Capable of proactively detecting potential threats and deploying immediate action to protect your company.

Reduce Overall Costs: Rather than integrate with a completely new cloud-based infrastructure, the Azure VDI, utilizes your existing licenses to reduce costs and allow you to only pay for what you need/use.

Azure VDI Infrastructure

Rather than typical on-site VDI deployments, the Azure VDI operates without the need for you to be responsible for managing hypervisors (otherwise known as virtual machine monitors, or VMMs). The components of the Azure VDI include:

Host Pools: groups of hosts that are used to serve desktops to your authorized users. These authorized users can connect to any host within the pool

Tenant: The interface used to manage your WVD environment. This interface allows you to establish host pools, assign users, and generate server connections. One tenant is a group of one or more host pools. 

Tenant Groups: Used when you require multiple tenants per deployment. This is typical for cloud service providers or hosting partners. A tenant group can establish host pools, users, and app groups by tenant.

App Group: Groups of applications in a session host. These are used to provide access to specific apps to users or desktops.

End Users: The users (typically your employees) that you are delivering desktops or apps to. These users are assigned to a host pool and added to the active directory. 

Interested in learning if your company would be the right fit for the Azure VDI? Contact NXT GEN Tech today and let one of our team members help answer any questions or concerns! You can reach us online or give us a call directly at (866) 995-3399.

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