Active Directory options for WVD

Cristian Ruiz 191 Reputation points
2020-07-06T22:12:57.84+00:00

Hi!
I 'm starting to diging about WVD in order to implement a demo stage, and I'm wondering how to implement the AD option in order VMs can join to it.
I know that there is an option to use Azure AD Domain Services, and another option is to implement a VM domain controller in Azure (that may be it has a better cost effect for a small company).

About that DC, has to be an additional DC of the on-premise AD? or it has to be part of Other domain different of the on-premise one?

thanks

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  1. Leon Laude 85,716 Reputation points
    2020-07-07T09:33:42.84+00:00

    Hi,

    You'll find the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) requirements over here:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/overview#requirements

    11488-wvd-ad-req.png

    So in short, the Active Directory requirements are:

    Option 1:
    Domain controller that is synchronized with Azure Active Directory. The domain controller can be on-prem or in cloud. To synchronize with Azure Active Directory install Azure Active Directory Connect.

    Option 2:
    Azure AD Domain Services domain in Azure (automatically synced with Azure Active Directory)

    Best regards,
    Leon

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  1. Cristian Ruiz 191 Reputation points
    2020-07-07T15:52:33.68+00:00

    Hello Leon,
    thanks for your reply.

    So for a company that already has their on-premise AD synced with AAD for Exchange Online use, What would be the best option for that case?
    It would be correct if they use a site-to-site VPN connection to use their on-premise DC for the WVD infrastructure, or in addition to the VPN implementation, Should they install an additional DC on Azure?


  2. Dan 176 Reputation points
    2020-07-07T17:12:58.91+00:00

    Hi,

    As you have mentioned above you would need a VPN in place. As long as the correct routing is in place, the WVD VMs will be able to join the domain.

    It is normally a good idea to deploy an additional DC into Azure but isn't required.

    You would also need to ensure that DNS is correctly setup.