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Azure Virtual Desktop with Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session

Category: Cloud Support » Azure Virtual Desktop
Updated: 2022-04-11

Short description of this page. Short description of this page. Azure Virtual Desktop with Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-Session is a cost-effective cloud-based alternative to on-prem Remote Desktop Server (RDS), ideal for working from the home office with familiar software and data.

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) comes with Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capabilities. AVD is a cost-effective option for working with familiar software and data. Azure Virtual Desktop was known as Windows Virtual Desktops (WVD) until July 2021, was launched in September 2019, and is the evolution of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

Azure Virtual Desktop is provided in Azure Cloud as a virtual machine (VM). Azure AD is natively supported so that users can log in as usual with Office 365 credentials. Office 365 apps will be also installed.

License costs are already included in several Microsoft 365 subscriptions, including Microsoft 365 Business Premium and Windows 10 Enterprise. The number of users connecting to AVD at the same time is not limited by license. E.g. on a VM (see picture) with 8x CPU, 32GB RAM, 128GB system hard disk, approx. 10-25 users could work simultaneously.

Windows 365 Virtual Desktop as Azure VM
Source: Sylbek 2020

Windows 365 Virtual Desktop as Azure VM

These virtual resources can be increased or decreased as required. Furthermore, several VMs can be connectet together in order to manage high numbers of users at the same time.

It is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offer, available exclusively from Azure Cloud. Windows 7 instead of Windows 10 can be provided temporarily until 2023 if the customer so desires. There may be the case, e.g. compatibility with old applications.
In addition to Windows desktop clients, Android, macOS, iOS clients and practically all clients with browsers can connect to AVD. More information about WVD.

Azure Virtual Desktop costs

Usage rights for Azure Virtual Desktop are included in subscriptions: Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Microsoft 365 E3/E5 or Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5. If you already have one of these licenses, there are no additional costs for using AVD.

Operating system costs are already included in Azure VM. There are only VM costs that depend on the resources used. Below you can see two variants that can be combined with Azure VM, tariffs Office 365 E1 and Windows 10 Enterprise E3 (as Add-Ons) belong together. Please note, Microsoft 365 Business Premium is for companies with up to 300 employees, Office 365 E1 only includes Office 365 wep apps.

MS.Preis: 18.60 €   Our price from
Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business) includes Microsoft 365 Business Standard and additionally: Windows 10 Business, AVD, AzureAD P1, Intune, defender for Office 365
MS.Preis: 8.40 €   Our price from
Office 365 E1 includes Microsoft 365 Business Basic and is for more than 300 users, more functionality in Microsoft Stream and video recording
MS.Preis: 5.90 €   Our price from
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is part of Microsoft 365 E3, contains besides Windows 10 E3 also includes Application Control, Application Guard, Credential Guard, Device Health, Cloud Activation

The costs for Azure VM vary depending on the machine properties, the following is presented as a guide.

Microsoft Azure VM in Germany: CPU 8x Intel Xeon E5-2673, RAM 32 GB, System Harddisk 128 GB, for ca. max. 25 Users for 304 EUR, with 1 year reservation ca. 170 EUR

Note our Microsoft Office 365 prices. You can buy licenses up to 15 % cheaper, with a minimum contract period of 1 month. This offer is directed to companies only.

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Azure Virtual Desktop Test possibilities

To determine whether AVD is suitable for your company, we can prepare a VM for you. There is also a test tenant Microsoft 365 Business Premium for a maximum duration of 90 days.
We can actively support you so that after the evaluation, customer-specific configurations can be adopted for productive operation.

For your questions schedule an appointment with us via Microsoft Teams. For customer support we use Jira ServiceDesk, see an example ticket. You are welcome to call or write us using Contact.