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An important aspect of any Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) environment is ensuring you have a backup and a disaster recovery plan. To get the most out of this cloud-hosted service, it is important to ensure you are utilizing a robust and efficient solution to facilitate backup and DR. This will give a much better experience for your users.

This course will help you plan and implement business continuity plans for your Azure Virtual Desktop and allow you to understand how it integrates with the other Azure native backup and DR services.  

Learning Objectives

  • Plan and implement a disaster recovery plan for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Design a backup strategy for Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Configure backup and restore for FSLogix user profiles, personal Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and golden images

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 should have a good understanding of Azure administration, however, this is not essential.


We have covered several important topics in this course.  First, we looked at planning and implementing a disaster recovery plan for Azure Virtual Desktop.  In this module we discussed disaster recovery in AVD and how you can utilize a second region to failover to, we then discussed Azure virtual machine replication, and finally looked at how we can facilitate FSLogix replication.

In the second module, we looked at designing a backup strategy for Azure Virtual Desktop, and this was very demo-heavy.  We ran through three demos, including backing up a VM using Azure Backup, a demo to configure Azure Site Recovery for a VM, and finally how to snapshot an Azure VM for backups.

In the final module of this course, we took a dive into configuring backup and restore for FSLogix user profiles, personal virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and golden images.  In this module, we talked about backing up Azure file shares and the backup option for golden images.

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.