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Remote Work Made Easier With New Windows Virtual Desktop Capabilities

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, companies are relying more and more on remote work, and Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), is the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments.

Recently, two major features were added to the already existing capabilities of WVD: Integration with the Azure portal and A/V redirect in Microsoft Teams.

Azure Portal Integration

All your resources are now managed in the same way and place. With the Azure portal integration, you get a simple way to create a host pool in WVD, create a resource group with VMs in an Azure subscription, join those VMs to the Azure Active Directory (AD) domain, and register the VMs with Windows Virtual Desktop.

Additionally, the new portal allows for capabilities such as Azure role-based access control (RBAC) which provide unique and targeted access control to your WVD resources., and User Management that allows admins publish resources to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) groups, and monitoring enhancements to effectively analyze the logs and create visualizations to help you quickly troubleshoot issues.

Windows Virtual Desktop blade in the Azure Portal (Picture source: Microsoft)

Windows Virtual Desktop blade in the Azure Portal (Picture source: Microsoft)

A/V redirect for Microsoft Teams

Now you can do audio & video conferences without latency. The new A/V redirect for Microsoft Teams, bypasses the coding and decoding processes associated with sending audio and video. This reduces the latency and improves the quality of the call.

For more information check out Azure documentation for Azure portal integration and Microsoft Teams integration.

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