Windows Virtual Desktop can be a good fit for organizations seeking to enable remote work scenarios. As a result, the new Windows Virtual Desktop Azure Resource Manager (ARM)-based model is now available as a public preview and available to all customers.

In this article, I’d like to cover the deeper technical points that explain how to enroll Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, including Office 365 ProPlus, via the new Windows Virtual Desktop ARM-based Azure portal—and outline some important things you should know before getting started.

Note: The previous Windows Virtual Desktop functionality was non-ARM. With the new spring update, service functionality is now ARM-based in the Azure portal. As a result, pre-existing customer deployments will need to be migrated into the new console using tools that Microsoft will release shortly.

Windows Virtual Desktop architecture
The Microsoft-managed control plane is a completely redesigned infrastructure that leverages native Azure platform services to scale automatically. Think about the Azure front door as a global load-balancer for the remote desktop protocol (RDP) connection, Azure App Services in Azure for hosting the infrastructure services, and Azure SQL DB for hosting the RDS brokering databases. Leveraging these services is one of the chief reasons why this service is so cost-effective.