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Azure VM v Azure Virtual Desktop

I would like to create a VM which can handle up 5 or more concurrent users with Bastion to secure the VM. The VM would contain Power BI Service. I wanted to know if Azure VM or Azure Virtual Desktop which is better suited for this use case.

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Hello @KaisMalique-9406

Both can probably help and fit the needs.

However, if you know you're requiring only 1 application for a fixed limited 5 users - I would more go on 1 unique virtual machine where you can adapt the required RAM/CPU resources that you will need for your 5 people. It will be faster to configure and deploy. Especially, if you know that you can do "concurrent" scenario (and not a 1 VM).

By default, you can have 2 RDP sessions opened at the same moment on a server. So, you will probably need CAL RDS licences to cover your 5 collaborators. More details.


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@thgibard If there are 10 + users for example would your Solution be the best solution

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The previous solution is still valid even for 10 users. If your VM is created in Azure, you can for example start with a small/medium VM and if you need more resources in terms of RAM/CPU because performances are not OK, you will just need to stop the virtual machine, re-size vit, and restart it - so very easy.

After going on Azure Virtual Desktop or creating your own RDS infrastructure with IAAS VM on Azure is up to you. Do you want to manage the infrastructure : if you deploy the RDS Server manually, you will have to configure it, add the RDS licences, OR do you prefer something "as-a-service" - in this second case Azure Virtual Desktop can be better. You can check the pricing on the following link : https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-desktop/.

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