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What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Windows Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualization service that is hosted on Microsoft Azure. It first launched in 2019 and is the evolution of Microsoft's RDS technology. WVD is built for Windows 10 and Office 365. With WVD, I.T. professionals can create virtual desktops and remote apps in Microsoft Azure and publish them to users. Users can access the desktop and apps through their own devices, without the need for those applications to be installed. Windows Virtual Desktop can be accessed from any internet connected device, no matter what operating system it uses. An installed Remote Desktop Client app is what gives users access to WVD, and this app is available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. WVD can also be accessed from any HTML5 compatible browser. Windows Virtual Desktop is a great solution for remote or Bring Your Own Device work environments because IT professionals don’t have to worry much about the devices that users are connecting to WVD with, as long as the user’s connection is secure.

There are several innovations of WVD that make it a unique and desirable option for businesses, the first being its multi-user operating system. This allows multiple users to use a single virtual machine as a desktop. In a traditional model, one user is assigned to one VM and I.T. professionals have to size each VM based on anticipated usage. However, users rarely reach peak capacity in a typical workday. In a multi-user model, you can host several users on a single VM with enough RAM and CPU which reduces resource costs. There is also a new Platform as a Service offering as a part of WVD that contains the management and connection broker functionality. This PaaS determines which users end up on which VM when they connect, which was handled by RDS server roles prior to Windows Virtual Desktop. Another feature of WVD is the use of FSLogix profile containers. User profiles are placed in containers and those containers are stored separately from the user’s desktop virtual machine in Azure.

The technical requirements of WVD is a Windows 10 subscription license and an Azure environment. The rights to Windows Virtual Desktop are free with multiple Windows 10 subscriptions, including Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft 365. The cost of the components of a Microsoft Azure Infrastructure would include virtual machines, storage, and networking. Cost would be on a per user basis, and would depend on the number of users, amount of storage, and what kind of applications are used. Windows Virtual Desktop can be integrated into existing desktop and app virtualizations, including Citrix virtual apps and desktop service and VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, as Citrix and VMware are both certified partners of WVD. Dell and HP are also approved and verified partners of Windows Virtual Desktop, and Vecmar can provide your business with remanufactured Dell and HP thin client units for a low initial investment. If you are interested in remanufactured thin clients that can be utilized for WVD, don’t hesitate to give our team a call!

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