Azure Virtual Desktop

Enable your team to work from anywhere with access to the same applications, data and documents as they would in the office with Azure Virtual Desktop.

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Stay Productive On the Go with Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop fuels powerful remote working through allowing users to access their office desktop and all associated documents and applications from any location. Azure Virtual Desktop combines the familiarity of Windows 10 and 11 with a scalable, multi-session experience for employees that can be managed alongside other Azure services within your Microsoft Azure portal. 

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop is a desktop virtualisation service that is delivered via the cloud. It allows users to securely access their office desktop, on their own devices and take this desktop, as well as its documents, data and applications on the go.  

As the desktop is run on a remote server within the cloud, your business has full control over their virtual desktop, to keep all business data secure with specific permissions and security monitoring. With Azure Virtual Desktop, your team have everything they need to work remotely through secure access to the tools and data they need to get the job done from any location. 

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Why Choose Azure Virtual Desktop from Netcentrix?

Whether your team are working in the office on their own devices, on the move or from home, Azure Virtual Desktop provides the same experience for users as a local desktop.  

As Azure Virtual Desktop is delivered via the cloud, it is a scalable solution that can be easily adapted to meet the growing needs of your workforce. You can also use existing Microsoft licences to set up your Azure Virtual Desktop solution and you only pay for what you use, making this solution incredibly cost-effective.  

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We’re Proud to Hold the Microsoft Solutions Partner Status

Our knowledge and standard of service has earned us the Microsoft Solutions Partner status. When you work with Netcentrix to implement Azure Virtual Desktops within your business, you have the peace of mind that you’re working with a team of Microsoft accredited experts. All members of our team are required to complete extensive Microsoft training, so you know you are receiving the most up to date information and advice.

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Key Features

Maximise productivity without compromising data security with Azure Virtual Desktop

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Automatic Updates

Your Azure Virtual Desktop will automatically update with security and software patching and updates for optimised performance and security. 

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Enhanced Security

Azure Virtual Desktop ensures the safeguarding of your applications with security capabilities that proactively monitor and detect threats.

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Quick Deployment

Simplified deployment and management, means you can quickly implement Azure Virtual Desktop within your business and add new users whenever you need. 

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Cost-effective Licencing

Your business can use existing eligible licences to reduce costs when deploying Azure Virtual Desktop and you only pay for the services you use.

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Find out how we helped LED Leisure to optimise their Microsoft Azure licencing to boost productivity and get the most out of their solutions.


How Secure is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Hosted Desktop powers productivity from any location without compromising data security.

Built-in Security

Keep company data secure by storing it within Microsoft Azure rather than in local storage. 

With data stored within the cloud rather than on local desktops, data is kept away from endpoints, which reduces the risk of data loss if a local device becomes compromised by cybercriminals, lost or stolen.

Microsoft Azure’s range of security solutions, tools and platforms, such as automation and encryption offers further layers of security protection.  

Disaster Recovery

Should disaster strike, your users can continue to work with data, documents and applications stored away from physical infrastructures.

Data stored within the cloud can be easily backed up and restored, when required.

Furthermore, should your team be unable to work within your physical premises due to a disaster, they can easily work remotely with access to the necessary applications, data and documents on their office desktop on any device, from any location. 

Multi-factor Authentication

Users will need to pass multiple layers of authentication in order to access their Virtual Desktop.

Azure Virtual Desktop supports the use of multi-factor authentication, to prevent data from being stolen by cyber criminals. In the event of a device being lost or stolen, multi-factor authentication can prevent access to the device by unauthorised individuals through the requirement of multiple authentication methods.

There are a range of authentication methods that your business can integrate within the Azure Virtual Desktop to prevent unauthorised access. For example, access could require a combination of a code, a password and a gateway accessed via a mobile phone in order to provide access to the Virtual Desktop.  

Role-based Access Control (RBAC)

Monitor and manage access to data within your Microsoft Azure infrastructure through assigning Role-based Access Control.

With Azure RBAC, you can control who has access to Azure resources and the actions they are able to complete with these resources.

Assigning Azure RBAC can provide the following benefits: 

  • Allow one user to manage virtual machines within a subscription and another user to manage virtual networks. 
  • Allow users to manage all resources in a resource group, such as virtual machines and websites. 
  • Allow an application to access all resources within a group.  

Business Benefits

Boosted productivity and enhanced employee experiences with expert support from Netcentrix.

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Improved Agility

Your team has the ability to be productive from any location, whether they are working in the office, on the road or from home.

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Strong Security

With built-in security measures, combined with Azure’s range of security solutions, Azure Virtual Desktop keeps your data safe from cyber threats.

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Expert Technical Support

With access to our Microsoft-accredited technical consultants and highly-qualified engineers, you have everything you need to get the most out of your solution.

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Effortless Scalability

Azure Virtual Desktops can be easily adapted to the needs of your business; simply add or remove licences as necessary and only pay for what you use.

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Azure is priced on a per-user, per-month basis, so it can be viewed as an operational cost for the services you use rather than an upfront cost that could cover unnecessary, unused solutions.

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Digital Transformation

Implementing Azure Virtual Desktop increases agility and moves data away from physical infrastructures, which prepares your business for the future.

What Do You Need to Deploy Microsoft Azure?

Deployment requirement may differ from business to business, but here is a high-level overview of potential requirements.

Azure Account with Active Subscription

Relevant Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) should be assigned to help manage access to Azure resources.

A Supported Identity Provider

To access the Virtual Desktops and associated data from your session hosts, users will need to be able to authenticate.

A Compatible Operating System

Your business has a choice of operating systems that you can use for session hosts to provide desktops and applications.

Network Requirements
  • A virtual network and subnet for your session hosts.
  • This virtual network can connect to your domain controllers.
  • Your session hosts and users need to be able to connect to the Azure Virtual Desktop service.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore some key Azure Virtual Desktop FAQs.

Why should I deploy Azure Virtual Desktop, when all my applications are installed on my business’s PCs or laptops?

Azure Virtual Desktop provides a much higher level of security for your applications and data, as everything is hosted centrally in the cloud rather than being spread across multiple end-user devices. Azure Virtual Desktop is also easier to control and update with automatic security patches and software upgrades.

Can I use Teams in AVD?

Yes. Microsoft Teams is supported within Azure Virtual Desktop for chat and collaboration and has been optimised to offload video and audio to the local device. There are some limitations, such as video screen resolution, which is limited to 720 px.

How do I migrate my business systems and data to Azure Virtual Desktop?

Our team of Netcentrix engineers and specialists will take care of the migration of your current systems over to Microsoft Azure and will support the implementation of Azure Virtual Desktop within your business. Our support team will be on hand to answer any queries or requests you have during migration, implementation and after your solution has been installed.

How fast does my internet connection need to be to support Azure Virtual Desktop.

As part of your consultation, Netcentrix will review whether your internet connection is capable of supporting Azure Virtual Desktop and will support you in improving your connectivity, should this be required to implement Azure Virtual Desktop.

What are the licencing requirements for Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop is licenced via eligible Microsoft 365 licencing. Don’t worry if you are unsure what Microsoft licencing your business possesses – our experts will ensure that you have the correct licences and will review them to ensure you are not paying for licences you neither use nor need.

What is the difference between Azure VM and Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop and Azure virtual machines serve two separate purposes. Azure VM provides the infrastructure that is needed for hosting virtual machines. Azure Virtual Desktop is a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) that virtualises desktop environments, so they can be accessed by a range of devices from any location.

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