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Introduction to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

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Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a desktop and application as a service offering (DaaS) in Azure. AVD enables you to run a virtual desktop environment in the cloud at scale. It offers the capabilities to create a production-ready virtual desktop environment in Azure without any need to create any gateway or VPN services. The service scales for 1,000 virtual desktops and above to support enterprise needs in the cloud.

AVD would be the best solution for organizations looking for a remote work environment for their teams. You can bring your custom VM images to benefit and utilize the functionality at scale. When coupled with automation and scaling rules, AVD brings end-to-end functionality to serve your remote business needs in the cloud. The most demand for the AVD platform comes from software development, healthcare, financial services, and startups looking to set up a fully remote office in the cloud. It also couples with traditional Active Directory (AD) servers on-premises or in a remote data center to enable usage of both existing infrastructure while leveraging the capabilities of the cloud.

In this hands-on lab, you will understand the basics of the Azure Virtual Desktop offering and create the necessary resource in the Azure Portal.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this beginner level lab, you will be able to:

  • Understand Azure Virtual Desktop Offering
  • Create AVD Workspaces
  • Create AVD Host Pool and Application Group

Intended Audience

  • Candidates for AZ-140 (Configuring and Operating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop) Exam
  • Cloud Architects
  • DevOps Engineers


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • Azure Virtual Desktop

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisite:


May 31st, 2024 - Resolved host pool creation issue

Nov 10, 2023: Updating lab to fix the host pool deployment



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About the author

Learning paths

Parveen is an Azure advocate with previous experience in the professional consulting services industries. He specializes in infrastructure and DevOps with a wide range of knowledge in security and access management. He is also an Azure Certified - DevOps Engineer Expert, Security Engineer, Developer Associate, Administrator Associate, CompTIA Certified - Network+, Security+, and AWS Cloud Practitioner.
Parveen enjoys writing about cloud technologies and sharing the knowledge with the community to help students upskill in the cloud.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Creating Azure Virtual Desktop Workspace
Creating Azure Virtual Desktop Hostpool
Reviewing Azure Virtual Desktop Application groups