What is new in Windows Virtual Desktop for October 2021

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Here's what changed in October 2021:

 

Azure Virtual Desktop support for Windows 11

Azure Virtual Desktop support for Windows 11 is now generally available for single and multi-session deployments. You can now use Windows 11 images when creating host pools in the Azure portal. For more information, see our blog post.

 

RDP Shortpath now generally available

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Shortpath for managed networks is now generally available. RDP Shortpath establishes a direct connection between the Remote Desktop client and the session host. This direct connection reduces dependency on gateways, improves the connection's reliability, and increases the bandwidth available for each user session. For more information, see our blog post.

 

Screen capture protection updates

Screen capture protection is now supported on the macOS client and the Azure Government and Azure China clouds. For more information, see our blog post.

 

Azure Active Directory domain join

Azure Active Directory domain join for Azure Virtual Desktop VMs is now available in the Azure Government and Azure China clouds. Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Intune) is currently only supported in the Azure Public cloud. Learn more at Deploy Azure AD-joined virtual machines in Azure Virtual Desktop.

 

Breaking change in Azure Virtual Desktop Azure Resource Manager template

A breaking change has been introduced into the Azure Resource Manager template for Azure Virtual Desktop. If you're using any code that depends on the change, then you'll need to follow the directions in our blog post to address the issue.

 

Autoscale public preview

Autoscale for Azure Virtual Desktop is now in public preview. This feature natively turns your virtual machines (VMs) in pooled host pools on or off based on availability needs. Scheduling when your VMs turn on and off optimizes deployment costs, and this feature also offers flexible scheduling options based on your needs. Once you've configured the required custom Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) role, you can start configuring your scaling plan. For more information, see Autoscale (preview) for Azure Virtual Desktop host pools.

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