Azure Virtual Desktop Guide: How Does It Work?

Azure Virtual Desktop Guide

The way we work has fundamentally changed. Gone are the days of chained-to-your-desk routines. Today’s workforce demands flexibility and accessibility, needing to be productive from anywhere, on any device. This is where Azure Virtual Desktop (Azure VD) steps in, offering a revolutionary solution for businesses seeking to empower their employees and unlock a new era of productivity. This comprehensive guide will delve into the world of Azure VD, explaining how it works, its key features and benefits, and the cost considerations. We’ll also explore the advantages of implementing Azure VD and how it can transform your remote work strategy. 

What is Azure VD? 

Azure VD, or Azure Virtual Desktop, is a cloud-based desktop and application virtualization service by Microsoft. It allows you to deliver secure, virtual workspaces to your employees on any device, from anywhere. 

What is Azure VDI? 

There’s a slight difference in terminology. Azure VDI, or Azure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, refers to the underlying technology that powers Azure VD. Think of Azure VD as the user-friendly service, while Azure VDI is the engine that makes it all work. 

Azure VD features 

  • Scalability: Easily add or remove virtual desktops based on your needs. 
  • Security: Built-in security features keep your data and applications safe. 
  • Multi-session support: Multiple users can work on a single virtual machine, optimizing costs. 
  • BYOD friendly: Access virtual desktops from any device – laptops, tablets, even phones. 
  • Simplified Management: Manage desktops and applications centrally through the Azure portal. 

Benefits of Azure VD 

  • Improved employee productivity: Work from anywhere, anytime with a familiar desktop experience. 
  • Enhanced security: Centralized management and control minimize data breaches. 
  • Reduced IT overhead: No need to manage physical desktops, saving time and resources. 
  • Lower hardware costs: Eliminate the need for expensive desktop hardware. 
  • Increased business agility: Respond quickly to changing business needs with flexible scalability. 

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Understanding Your Azure VD Costs 

When budgeting for Azure VD, it’s important to consider the various cost components. Here’s a breakdown of the potential costs to help you estimate your overall investment: 

  • Domain Controller: You can leverage Azure Active Directory for user authentication, potentially eliminating the need for a separate domain controller cost. 
  • Session Hosts: The cost of virtual machine instances (VM) that host your desktops. This will vary based on the chosen VM size and usage. 
  • Storage: Storage for user profile disks can be on Azure Managed Disks or Azure NetApp Files, depending on your needs. 
  • Licensing: You’ll need licenses for the operating system (Windows 10/11) and any applications used on the virtual desktops. 

We understand that calculating azure costs can be complex. Team Venti’s Azure experts will work with you to analyze your specific needs and usage patterns to provide a customized cost estimate for your Azure VD deployment. This ensures you get the most out of your investment with a solution that fits your budget. 

Team Venti’s Azure VD QuickStart 

Designed to seamlessly integrate with your organization’s workflow, our packaged AVD services leverage Microsoft’s best practices to ensure optimal performance and reliability. By entrusting your virtual desktop needs to us, you can rest assured knowing that our proven methodology guarantees results.  

Our Azure Virtual Desktop QuickStart includes: 

  • Project planning 
  • AVD POC: 
    • Setup AVD service 
    • Deploy VMs and applications 
    • Scaling plan 
    • Domain controller configuration 
    • Solution validation 
  • FSLogix Implementation: 
    • Create Azure storage 
    • File share 
    • Integrate with AD 
    • Set permissions 
    • Configure session hosts 
    • Validate profile creation 
  • Present our implementation report


Let Team Venti be your guide to Azure VD success 

As a Microsoft Solutions Partner, Team Venti has the expertise to help you implement and manage Azure VD for your organization. We’ll work with you to design a customized solution that meets your specific needs and budget. 

Ready to unlock the power of Azure Virtual Desktop? Contact us today!

Lucy Camero

Lucy Camero

Team Venti Brand Manager

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