Windows Virtual Desktop peering with Azure VNET to our OnPremise network?

EnterpriseArchitect 4,891 Reputation points

Would it be possible for the Windows Virtual Desktop VM to peer with our existing Azure VNET which is peered with the ExpressRoute back to OnPremise?

What are the steps and the consequence of peering the WVD as opposed to just deploying a traditional Azure Windows Desktop VM in Azure?

In terms of security, I assume we can just deploy Azure Bastion to secure access to this Virtual Machine.

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  1. SUNOJ KUMAR YELURU 13,966 Reputation points MVP

    Hello @EnterpriseArchitect Thank for posting in Q & A forum. It's possible as long as the routing is sorted from Connecting Azure to on-premises networks and returning from on-premises networks to Azure. On the "Azure part" of the configuration of the vnet peerings, there are two helpful options: "Allow Gateway Transit" and "Use Remote Gateway". We can connect an ExpressRoute circuit to multiple virtual networks. See Subscription and service limits for the maximum number of virtual networks that can be connected to an ExpressRoute circuit.

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  2. KapilAnanth-MSFT 37,566 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @EnterpriseArchitect Welcome to the Microsoft Q&A Platform. Thank you for reaching out & I hope you are doing well. I understand that you would like to know if we can peer Windows Virtual Desktop VM to an existing Azure VNet. Please note that "Peering" is a concept that applies between two VNets and not VMs. Virtual network peering As long as Windows Virtual Desktop VMs are deployed into a VNet , you can always peer this VNet to your existing Azure VNet. I take it that your existing VNet is connected to the OnPrem via ExpressRoute.

    Kindly let us know if the above helps or you need further assistance on this issue. Thanks, Kapil

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  3. deherman-MSFT 34,026 Reputation points Microsoft Employee


    Azure Virtual Desktop: AVD is a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that provides virtualized Windows desktops and applications.

    It is designed for remote access and multi-user scenarios, allowing multiple users to access and use the same virtual desktop simultaneously.

    AVD handles the management of the underlying infrastructure, including updates and patching.

    It provides features like autoscaling, which can optimize infrastructure costs by automatically stopping or starting session hosts based on a schedule.

    Azure Virtual Machines: Azure VMs are an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that allows you to create and manage virtual machines in the cloud.

    With Azure VMs, you have more control over the underlying infrastructure, including the operating system, networking, and storage.

    You are responsible for managing and maintaining the virtual machines, including updates and patching.

    In summary, AVD is a managed service for providing virtual desktops and applications, while Azure VMs give you more control over the infrastructure but require more management effort. Choose the service that best fits your needs and requirements.

    Please remember to "Accept Answer" if any answer/reply helped, so that others in the community facing similar issues can easily find the solution.

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