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Configuring a Location for Azure Virtual Desktop Metadata

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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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Intended Audience

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.


Welcome to this module on configuring a location for Azure Virtual Desktop Metadata. In this module, we'll cover the following topics. We'll discuss the different types of information stored by Azure Virtual Desktop. Including customer data and the type of information that is stored as well as its locations. Diagnostic data and the type of information that is stored as well as this locations. Service generated data and the type of information that is stored as well as its locations. Let's start by looking at customer data that is stored as part of the Azure Virtual Desktop environment.

Azure Virtual Desktop does not store actual user application related data. It does, however, store both, application names and use the principal names. The customer information that is stored is located in the location that is associated with the region the consumer has created that specific resource or object. If we now look at diagnostic metadata that is stored within Azure Virtual Desktop environment, is actually service generated data, which we'll discuss in further detail shortly.

The diagnostic data that is stored is utilized for troubleshooting, support purposes and to check the health of the Azure Virtual Desktop environment. Diagnostic data is actually sent to two different locations. The first location is the one that is closest to the user in which the infrastructure is present. The second location is where the region where the host pool is located. Service generated data allows Microsoft to keep Azure Virtual Desktop reliable and scalable.

Specifically, traffic patterns, and region specific usage allow Microsoft to keep checks on health and performance of the backend control plan. Once the data is collated, it is sent to all the locations where the service infrastructure is held and then it is sent on to the US region. This includes scrub data, not any customer data. Service generated data is currently supported at limited locations, including the United States, Europe, the UK and Canada. Where is all generally available.

About the Author

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.