Azure Virtual Desktop
An important aspect of any Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) environment is ensuring it is designed to not only meet best practices standards but also meet your organization’s requirements. To get the most out of this cloud-hosted service, it is important to use the correct features and components that make up the AVD environment which will, in turn, give a much better experience for your users.
This course will help you design and plan your Azure Virtual Desktop environment and allow you to understand how it integrates with other Azure services. It covers understanding network and sizing requirements, recommending the correct identity and access management (IAM) solution to integrate with AVD, the operating system (OS) options that support AVD, and a closer look at the different host pool types with use cases they fit into.
- Assessing existing physical and virtual desktop environments
- Assessing network capacity and speed requirements for Azure Virtual Desktop
- Recommending an operating system for an Azure Virtual Desktop implementation
- Planning and configuring name resolution for Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory Domain Services (Azure AD DS)
- Planning host pools architecture
- Recommending resource groups, subscriptions, and management groups
- Configuring a location for the Azure Virtual Desktop metadata
- Calculating and recommending a configuration for performance requirements
This course is intended for people who want to become an Azure Virtual Desktop Specialist and/or are preparing to take the AZ-140 exam.
If you wish to get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you should have a good understanding of Azure Administration, however, this is not essential.
We have covered several important topics in this course. First, we covered an overview of Azure Virtual Desktop, where we talked about what it is, how it works, and some use cases. We then moved on to looking at assessing existing physical and virtual environments. In this part of the course we discussed proof of concept, assessing deployments, user personas, and application groups.
Next came assessing network capacity and speed requirements for Azure Virtual Desktop, where we looked at network architecture, the different connectivity types, and looked at what can cause network latency. Recommending an operating system for Azure Virtual Desktop came next. And in this module, we talked about supported virtual machine images, the different supported and deployment types.
We moved on to look at planning and configuring name resolution for active directory and Azure AD Domain Services, where we talked about Azure AD, Active Directory and Azure AD Demand Services. Next came planning host pool architectures. And in this module, we took a closer look into what pooled and personal host pools are. Coming towards the end of the course, we discussed recommending resource groups, subscription and management groups.
In this module, we covered what a resource group, subscription and management group are, and then looked at hierarchical view of how they are utilized in an enterprise environment. Next, we discussed configuring a location for Azure Virtual Desktop metadata and the different types of data that were stored, including customer data, diagnostic data, and service generated data.
In the final module of this course, we looked at calculating and recommending a configuration for performance requirements. In this module, we look to understanding the different workload types and sizing guidelines for virtual machines.
Shabaz Darr is a Senior Infrastructure Specialist at Netcompany based in the UK. He has 15 years plus experience working in the IT industry, 7 of those he has spent working with Microsoft Cloud Technologies in general, with a focus on MEM and IaaS. Shabaz is a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility with certifications in Azure Administration and Azure Virtual Desktop. During his time working with Microsoft Cloud, Shabaz has helped multiple public and private sector clients in the UK with designing and implementing secure Azure Virtual Desktop environments.