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Windows Virtual Desktop | Create Host Pool and Access through Web, Client App and Mobile Devices

From my previous article of Windows Virtual Desktop | Configuring Prerequisites and WVD Tenant Creation, I have discussed step by step on Implementing prerequisites, configuring Azure tenant and creating WVD tenant. From this article, I’m continuing where I left to implement the WVD host pool and test the connectivity from Web, Desktop client app and mobile devices such as Android and iOS. Please refer to the previous posts if you miss any configurations.

01 – Working remotely and efficiently with Microsoft technologies

02 - Windows Virtual Desktop | Configuring Prerequisites and WVD Tenant Creation 

To continue creating a host pool, you should have an Azure subscription with WVD tenant created.

Creating a Host Pool – Windows 10 multi-session image

Host pools are a collection of one or more identical virtual machines within Windows Virtual Desktop tenant environments. Each host pool can contain an app group that users can interact with as they would on a physical desktop. Here I’m providing step by step instructions on creating a Host pool using a Windows 10 multi-session image from Azure Marketplace.

  1. Login to Azure PortalCreate Resource and type Windows Virtual Desktop. Select Windows Virtual Desktop - Provision a host pool and Create

  2. Select the Subscription, Resource group, Region and Name the host pool. Desktop-type can be pooled or personal, also provide the default pool users UPN’s

    Pooled means utilizing a multi-session virtual image and directing the best available session to the user

    Personal means each user have their own dedicated personal virtual machine.

  3. Provide the number of users and workload sizing, if you want you can change the VM sizing.

  4. In the virtual machine settings tab, you need to specify the local Active Directory details with other information. Specify the local AD domain admin UPN with a password, this is to domain join the VM pool. Make sure the virtual network you are specifying has access to the on-premise active directory.

    Note – Configure the DNS of the on-premise active directory on Virtual Network

  5. In Windows virtual desktop tab, give a name to your virtual desktop tenant group, WVD tenant name of the previously created WVD tenant and the UPN of the RDS Owner account. You can use the service principles if you are not using the UPN.

    Note – If you are using Service principles, it should be configured first – refer the article (here)

  6. After validation passed, Create the pool


Connect to the Desktop Host Pool

After the host pool successfully created you can connect to the pool using the browser web client or WVD desktop client. Before that, you should assign users to the desktop host pool.

Assign users to the desktop application group

  1. Sign in to the Windows Virtual Desktop environment
    Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl
  1. Users can be added to the desktop application group by running the following command.
    Add-RdsAppGroupUser <tenantname> <hostpoolname> "Desktop Application Group" -UserPrincipalName <userupn>


Connecting through Web client (browser)

Open a browser and browse the following URL, Microsoft Edge, IE, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are supported browsers.
you will be prompted with Azure AD Authentication