Designing an Azure Virtual Desktop Architecture
Designing an Azure Virtual Desktop Architecture - Introduction

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.


Hello, and welcome to this course on Designing an Azure Virtual Desktop Architecture. My name is Shabaz Darr and I'll be your instructor for this course. I am an Azure Virtual Desktop Specialist and have been working with Microsoft Cloud and Azure for several years, specifically with Azure Virtual Desktop since its inception, and have multiple Azure-focused certifications. My contact information is available on the screen. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns, and I will be happy to discuss these with you. For any other issues you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy by sending an email to, and one of our cloud experts will follow up with you.

This course is intended for people that are planning on taking the Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty exam, and anyone who is interested in learning how to deploy an Azure Virtual Desktop environment. By the end of this course, you will have knowledge on: Assessing existing physical and virtual environments, assessing network requirements for AVD, recommending an OS for an AVD implementation, planning and configuring name resolution, planning host pool architecture, recommending resource groups, subscriptions, and management groups, configuring location for AVD metadata, and calculating and recommending a configuration for performance requirements.

To get the most from this course, you should have an administrator-level understanding of Azure cloud services.

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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.