Azure WVD has played a tremendous role in enabling many organizations to allow their employees to work from home/remote locations.
By looking at the number of WVD adoption across organization, I would say “Year 2020 is WVD year for Azure”.
With so many users using WVD on regular basis Microsoft received lot of feedback to improve the WVD offering and from Ignite 2020 announcement I would certainly say; feedback is being addressed at rapid pace.
Let us look at important announcement with respect to Azure WVD and what problems those announcements will solve.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager Integration
Far far years ago in the year 2019, people used to get their own laptops, which was a physical device, and it was controlled through endpoint manager. Companies registers the laptop physical device to Intune just like your mobile devices.
Now in this current year 2020, people are using magical service of WVD where users have their own virtual machine. So, companies were demanding that, as WVD machine is just like physical laptop for my employees, so have them also controlled through Intune and endpoint manager. Earlier it was not there and now this is announced.
We will be able to configure WVD using endpoint manager and manage it centrally.
WVD is the only platform that supports Windows 10 multisession for remote working enabling organizations to save lot of their cost. Windows 10 multisession OS will also be allowed to register in Intune as per announcement. So, this is an important update.
Attach MSIX App directly from Azure Portal.
MSIX is a packaging tool that enables you to repackage your existing desktop app to MSIX format, without any code change. There are still many desktop application companies are using which are legacy. They don’t support modern feature like touch. You repackage them and install with MSIX, then touch feature will be supported. Plus, you can send the update to the application packaged as a part of your OS patches. IT management becomes easy and they are deployed like store apps rather than desktop apps.
Now from WVD context, the general approach is to create golden image per application / group of users/ department base. Then if there are other set of applications that need to be exposed then create a new golden image. MSIX can help you to make single golden image for your WVD and attach app to respective Host Pools. So, no need to create app specific golden image.
This is significant improvement and simplifies lot of headache involved in golden image preparation and management.
Disable Screen Capture
This was number one ask from security teams. Screen capture is still a possible way of data leakage. With disablement of screen capture this concern is also addressed.
Direct RDP to WVD Hosts
Azure WVD work on reverse connect technology and the connection made to WVD common URL or control plain is over the internet. Customer was asking if WVD user is already on a trusted network then why do we use reverse connection?
Going forward as per announcement users will be able to connect to WVD session host directly over RDP, if they are already on trusted network. This will result in significant reduction on hops and hence ultimately improving connectivity experience of WVD user.
Above announcements are impressive and will definitely increase the adoption of Azure WVD multifold.