As companies are navigating leveraging remote workloads with employees primarily working remote it may be time to start considering how you are going to remotely deploy your desktops.  Not only is this a great option when staff is primarily remote, it’s a great option for disaster recovery too.  One of the options available to enterprises today is Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).  Let’s take a look at the steps that will get you setup Azure WVD  (Windows Virtual Desktop).

Getting Started and Permissions Checklist

Make sure you have these things before getting started with creating your WVD tenant.

  • Azure Active Directory tenant ID
  • A global administrator account within the Azure Active Directory tenant.
  • Azure subscription ID
  • Enter the following URL into your web browser and replace {tenant} with your Azure AD domain name{tenant name}/adminconsent?client_id=5a0aa725-4958-4b0c-80a9-34562e23f3b7&

Create a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Tenant

Now that the permissions are set in place it’s time to create your WVD tenant in Azure.  We will use PowerShell.

Note: You may need to first import the module before installing. using this command.  Import-Module -Name Microsoft.RDInfra.RDPowerShell

How to Setup an Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

  • Next, sign in to Windows Virtual Desktop by using the TenantCreator user account with this PowerShell command: Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl  See how this looks when setting it up in my tenant in the image below.

How to Setup an Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

  • Create a new Windows Virtual Desktop tenant associated with the Azure Active Directory tenant by using the following command. Setup your RDS tenant by filling in your Azure tenant information for the bracketed items below, and then running the command.

New-RdsTenant -Name {tenant name} -AadTenantId {Azure AD Tenant ID} -AzureSubscriptionId {Azure Subscription ID}

Setup Azure WVD Second Tenant Admin

If you are ever sick, plan to take a vacation, have a backup administrator it is also a good practice to get them setup a second tenant admin.  This can be done via PowerShell using the following commandlet.

New-RdsRoleAssignment -TenantName <TenantName> -SignInName <Upn> -RoleDefinitionName “RDS Owner”

Wrapping things up

This concludes getting your started with how to setup an Azure Windows Virtual Desktop for today, but watch for part 2 where we finalize the process and get your creating virtual desktops in Azure soon!