Session Hosts Join Options
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In this course, you will learn about host pools and session hosts in Azure Virtual Desktop.

Learning Objectives

  • Deploy and configure host pools and session hosts
  • Set up autoscaling for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Understand Azure Virtual Desktop limits
  • Set high availability options for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Use Azure Virtual Desktop session host join options
  • Automate Azure Virtual Desktop

Intended Audience

This course is for anyone planning to take the Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty exam and anyone interested in learning how to deploy an AVD environment.


To get the most out of this course, you should have an administrator-level understanding of Azure Virtual Machines, Azure high availability solutions, Windows management join options, ARM templates, PowerShell, and the Azure CLI.


The last thing we need to cover before we start building our Session Host are the Join Options. Now, there's basically three choices: Active Directory Join, which is the traditional approach to manning VMs in a Windows environment, Azure Active Directory Join, which would be a modern cloud management model, and in the middle, we have Hybrid Azure AD Join. This is where you would do a traditional Active Directory join and then you have group policies in place that will do a Azure Active Directory join on those same systems. 

Along with these join options, there's also different ways to manage. Traditionally, you would use group policy within Active Directory to control your environment. In the hybrid join environment, you can leverage group policy as well as modern management through Intune, also known as Microsoft Endpoint Manager. And on the Azure AD solution, we can only use Endpoint Manager. Now, since all three scenarios are viable and supported, the question you need to ask is, how do you want to manage?


About the Author

Dean Cefola is a Principal Azure Engineer at Microsoft and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. Dean has been supporting Azure Virtual Desktop from the beginning and is the Microsoft FastTrack Global Leader for AVD.