Create a Windows virtual desktop from local image

Lugi 21 Reputation points
2021-02-01T10:19:15.607+00:00

Hello,

I'm not familiar with Microsoft Azure and have a question about Windows Virtual Desktop.

Is it possible to create a Windows virtual desktop from a system image of an existing Windows physical computer?

In other words, we have a physical computer (not a vm) running on Windows 10 and we would like to know if it is possible, with a system image or other process, to create an Azure Windows virtual desktop that would be a "copy" of this physical computer. The goal is to be able to keep certain configuration.

Best regards.

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 98,446 Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-01T19:51:22.96+00:00

    Sorry, I missed the word "physically" in your question.

    You could use Disk2vhd to create a vhd-file from a disk of a physical computer:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd

    This created vhd-file could be used to create a VM in Azure with the steps in my first answer.

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 98,446 Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-01T10:30:27.173+00:00

    Hope this helps:

    Prepare a Windows VHD or VHDX to upload to Azure -> https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/prepare-for-upload-vhd-image
    Upload a generalized VHD and use it to create new VMs in Azure -> https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/upload-generalized-managed
    Create a managed image of a generalized VM in Azure -> https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/capture-image-resource
    Create a VM from a managed image -> https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/create-vm-generalized-managed

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    Andreas Baumgarten