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The completion of your IT transformation from data center to full cloud adoption can often be hindered by your desktop administration.  While in the past virtual desktops have largely delivered on their promise to bring standardization, reduce the proliferation of applications and simplify desktop management, they have also had their share of challenges.  As an administrator you had few options to:

  • Create multiple VM pools with customized images for different user roles
  • Overload virtual machine images with more apps than needed and hide or block them from the user making the image bigger
  • Utilize dynamic app streaming which required additional infrastructure to be managed.

With Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Azure has transformed virtual desktop delivery by completely separating the user profile data and application delivery from the Operating System to deliver a user experience that parallels that of a physical device, simplifies desktop administration further, and maintains the management of the underlying physical infrastructure.

Benefits of adopting Azure Windows Virtual Desktops (WVD):

  • Support for Windows 10 and Windows 7 virtual desktops – the only way to safely run Windows 7 after its End of Life (Jan. 14, 2020)
  • No need to overprovision hardware by aligning costs to business needs – transition from costly CAPEX hardware purchases to OPEX cloud consumption-based model
  • Simplify user administration by using Azure Active Directory (AAD) – leverage additional security controls like multifactor authentication (MFA) or conditional access
  • Highly secure with reverse connect technology – eliminates the need to open inbound ports to the VMs, and all user sessions are isolated in both single and multi-session environments
  • Utilize Microsoft Azure native services – Azure Files for file share and Azure NetApp Files for volume level backups

To help you with the transition from standard desktops or an existing on-premises RDS deployment to Microsoft Azure, 2nd Watch has developed Windows Virtual Desktop Foundations.  Windows Virtual Desktop Foundations provides you the blueprints necessary to set up the WVD environment, integrate with Azure native services, create a base Windows image, and train your team on how to create custom images.

With 2nd Watch Windows Virtual Desktop Foundations, you get:

  • Windows Virtual Desktop environment setup
  • Integration with Azure native services (AAD and AZ Storage for profiles)
  • Image build process set-up
  • A baseline custom Windows image
  • Team training on creating custom images
  • AZ Monitor setup for alerting

To learn more about our WVD Foundations, download our datasheet.

-Dusty Simoni, Sr Product Manager

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