Designing for Azure Virtual Desktop User Identities and Profiles

An important aspect of designing an Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) environment is ensuring you understand user identities and profiles.  To get the most out of this cloud-hosted service, it is important to ensure our user identities are fully secure and integrated with the storage solutions you use for user profiles.  This will in turn give a much better experience for your users. 

 AVD allows organizations to set up redundant, scalable, and agile environments that offer the following key capabilities:

  • Integration with both cloud and on-premises identity and access management solutions
  • Configuring Azure native and 3rd party storage solutions to facilitate user profiles
  • Complete licensing solution that covers both Azure Virtual Desktop and Microsoft 365 SaaS services

From an identity perspective, you can synchronize your Azure cloud identities with on-premises Active Directory.  This allows you to utilize hybrid join for your Azure Virtual Desktop session hosts and integrate your user profiles with Group Policy.  

This course will help you design and plan your Azure Virtual Desktop identity and user profiles and allow you to understand how it integrates with other Azure services.  It covers understanding choosing the appropriate licensing model, looking at the different storage solutions available, planning for user profiles, and planning for Azure AD Connect for identities.

Learning Objectives

  • Select an appropriate licensing model for Azure Virtual Desktop based on requirements
  • Recommend an appropriate storage solution (including Azure NetApp Files vs. Azure Files)
  • Planning for Azure Virtual Desktop client deployment
  • Planning for user profiles
  • Recommending a solution for network connectivity
  • Planning for Azure AD Connect for user identities

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who wants to become an Azure Virtual Desktop Specialist and is preparing to take the AZ-140 exam.


If you wish to get the most out of this course, it is recommended that you have a good understanding of Azure Administration, however, this is not essential.


Hello and welcome to this course on Designing User Identity and Profiles. My name is Shabaz Darr, and I'll be your instructor for this course. I am an Azure Virtual Desktop specialist and I've been working with Microsoft cloud technologies for several years, specifically with Azure Virtual Desktop since its inception, and have multiple Azure-focused certifications. My contact information is available on 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, selecting an appropriate licensing model for Azure virtual desktop based on requirements, recommending an appropriate storage solution, including understanding the differences between Azure NetApp Files and Azure Files, planning for Azure Virtual Desktop Client Deployment, planning for user profiles, recommending a solution for network connectivity, planning for Azure AD Connect for user identities.

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.