hands-on lab

Working with Azure Virtual Desktop Host Pools

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Lab description

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a desktop and application as a service offering in Azure. AVD provides you the ability to host client sessions on a session host running in Azure. AVD uses Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to initiate the connection and provide remote display and input capabilities securely over the internet.

Host Pools are a collection of one or more VMs, aka session hosts, in Azure. Each host pool can contain an app group that users interact with from their physical desktop. It supports custom RDP properties for the RDP session host and functionality for MSIX App Attach if using the remote containerized profile for centralized profile storage.

In this hands-on lab, you will understand the networking foundation of the Azure Virtual Desktop environment and create the session host VM in a host pool using the Azure Portal.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand Azure Virtual Desktop Networking
  • Create AVD Host Pool
  • Add Domain Joined Session Host VM to the Host Pool

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:


April 20th, 2023 - Updated instructions and screenshots to match latest UI

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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
Reviewing Current Windows Active Directory Setup for AVD Networking
Creating AVD Host Pool with Domain Joined Azure VM