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Windows from the cloud now without a local Active Directory

If desired, virtual machines of the Azure Virtual Desktop can be added immediately to the Azure Active Directory. So far, this only worked with the on-premises version of the AD. These are VDI VMs that run in Microsoft’s cloud and that users access via Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

Furthermore, the VMs can be automatically added and managed via the Endpoint Manager. In principle, a local domain controller is no longer necessary; those who rely entirely on the cloud can turn off the Azure Active Directory domain services. However, administrators can choose whether they want to add an Azure Virtual Desktop to the on-premises or cloud AD.

At the same time, Microsoft is offering its new Windows 365, which is based on the Azure Virtual Desktop under the hood. However, companies can adapt and scale the latter VMs much more extensively to their own ideas. To integrate the systems into Azure AD, Microsoft a documentation page.

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The developers are also promising new functions for the Azure Virtual Desktop: Among other things, support for FSLogix profiles as well as single sign-on and other authentication standards such as FIDO2 will come.

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