We are here to give you the instructions that how you can set up and connect top a Windows Virtual Desktop. Before going to that procedure let me tell you what is Windows Virtual Desktop and what are the benefits of it using on your PC?
What is Azure?
Windows Virtual Desktop helps you to deploy and scale Windows & Office on Azure in minutes. Microsoft Azure is a cloud service that helps your organization to meet your business challenges. With Azure, you can build, manage, and deploy applications on a global network. It helps you to use your favorite tools and frameworks. Create an account in the app and you are good to use the services of it.
Benefits of the Windows Virtual Desktop
Windows Virtual Desktop is an internet hosted desktop service that has built-in security and compliance function. This is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service that runs in the cloud. It allows users to remotely access hosted applications. Microsoft has the older Remote Desktop Services which is also called (RDS), but the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is far better than that service.
This feature allows users to access your desktop and apps from any device and anywhere. For example: if you are away from your computer and laptop but need to access the files and apps then you can access them from anywhere, any distance. All you need to do is to log in to other devices with your account and get access to your data and apps that you are using on your PC at home.
So let us tell you the instructions by which you can set up and connect top a Windows Virtual Desktop. Below you will see the step by step information to use the Windows Virtual Desktop feature on a Desktop or laptop.
How To Set up Windows Virtual Desktop?
- First, you need an Azure subscription.
- Then download and install the Windows Virtual Desktop cmdlets for Windows PowerShell on PC.
- After the installation, its time to configure your virtual network in Azure. Configure the new VMs in such a way to have your Domain Controller or Azure AD Domain Services, set as the DNS.
- You have to make sure that all of the Azure resources are in the same region.
- If your requirement is seamless Single Sign-On then you need AD FS or have to authenticate when gaining access to the Virtual Machine.
After you have done all of the prerequisites its time to begin setting up the Windows Virtual Desktop.
1. Allow Windows Virtual Desktop to access Azure AD
- First of all, navigate to the Windows Virtual Desktop Consent Page
- Then add your Azure AD tenant ID and referred to as the Directory ID. Then click on the Submit button.
- After that, you need to find the Azure AD ID by visiting the Microsoft Azure Portal website.
- Now change the Consent Option to the Client App. Now enter the same Azure AD tenant ID to the field for AAD Tenant GUID or Name
- and at last click on the Submit button.
2. How to Assign the TenantCreator Role to a user account
- For that first, log in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
- Now go to the Azure Active Directory from the menu which is available on the left side.
- From there, click on Enterprise applications option.
- Then search and select Windows Virtual Desktop.
- After that select the Users and groups option.
- Click on the Add user and select Users and groups from it.
- Now choose the user you want to turn into a WVD tenant. At the last entry on the Select, followed by Assign.
3. Create a Windows Virtual Desktop tenant
To create the Windows Virtual Desktop tenant you need two IDs:
- Your Azure subscription ID
- Your Azure AD tenant ID
You will then need to create a PowerShell script where you will need these two IDs.
4. How To Activate The First Windows Virtual Desktop Host Pool
- First, configure the basic settings
- Then configure the virtual machines
- It includes specifying whether they are pooled or personal
- After that, you need to configure VM settings
- Now enter the authentication details
- And at the last create the host pool
After these configurations, now you will have your first Windows Virtual Desktop environment.
Connect to a Windows Virtual Desktop?
After you have successfully created the Windows Virtual Desktop host pool, its time to download the client for Windows or use the HTML5 client. For that, follow the instructions below:
1. Connect With The Client in Windows Virtual Desktop
- Download the latest Windows Remote Desktop client
- Then subscribe to the feed
- From there, open the Windows Desktop client
- Then select Subscribe on the main page
- Now sign in with your user account when prompted
When you successfully subscribed then you will find the virtualized apps and desktops in the Start menu.
2. Connect with the HTML5 client in Windows Virtual Desktop
This works in both normal and incognito mode
- First, visit the Microsoft Azure website.
- Then log in over there using the information to which you assigned the full desktop session.
This is how you can connect with the Virtual Desktop using either the desktop or the HTML5 client.