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This course will help you manage security on your Azure Virtual Desktop and allow you to understand how it integrates with the other Azure services. It covers understanding conditional access policies, multi-factor authentication, integrating with Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and deploying antivirus onto session hosts.

Learning Objectives

  • Plan and implement conditional access policies for connection to Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Plan and implement Multi-Factor Authentication in Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Manage security by using Microsoft Defender for Cloud
  • Configure Microsoft Defender Antivirus for session hosts

Intended Audience

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


If you wish to get the most out of this course, you should have a good understanding of Azure administration, however, this is not essential.


We have covered several important topics in this course. We started off by looking at planning and implementing conditional access policies for connection to Azure Virtual Desktop. In this section, we discussed the requirements needed to implement conditional access, and followed this up with a demo of configuring a policy for Azure Virtual Desktop.

Next, we moved on to discussing planning and implementing multi-factor authentication in Azure Virtual Desktop where we highlighted the requirements to enable MFA, and again followed up with another demo, but this time we looked at some of the settings you can implement to harden your MFA settings for Azure Virtual Desktop.

In the third section of this module, we had a look at managing security by using Microsoft Defender for Cloud, formerly known as Azure Security Center. Here we focused on understanding the requirements needed before you can implement this service. We then discussed some of the key features of Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and then finished off by highlighting some security best practices for Azure Virtual Desktop.

Finally, we talked about configuring Microsoft Defender Antivirus for session hosts. We initially explained what this service is, followed by the requirements you need before you can integrate this with Azure Virtual Desktop, and we finished off by discussing security intelligence updates.

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.