Shift VM's to WVD

Prasenna Kannan 436 Reputation points


There are developer VM's we are running in Windows Server 2019. Now, we are planning to shift towards WVD - Windows 10 as part of cost optimization exercise.

The requirement is : When the developer logs in to the WVD, he\she should be able to use the necessary software's used along with the user specific data stored in the VM seamlessly in WVD.

To accomplish this,

We are planning to create a baseline image with the list of software's installed and spin up WVD on top of the image.


How can I retain the data the developer had in the VM, so that when the developer opens WVD, there should be no difference between the VM and the WVD, and he\she should be able to start working as before?


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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 92,401 Reputation points MVP

    It's possible to use OneDrive for users to save and sync the files on different computers.
    Another option might be a central file share on a server or Azure File Storage with AD authentication.
    Also it's possible to use a central repository like Github.

    To get the user profiles sorted in a WVD environment is a good solution.


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    Andreas Baumgarten

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