Azure Virtual Desktop Domain Join Options

This article summarises Azure Virtual Desktop Domain join options. As of writing its only possible to join a traditional Active Directory Domain. However, Microsoft is planning to support Azure Active Directory (AAD) direct join in the future (currently in public preview). While you cannot join AAD directly, AAD is still a requirement of Azure Virtual Desktop.

Your options

Today, there are three options for Azure Virtual Desktop Domain join.

Option One

Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) which is synchronised with Azure Active Directory (AAD) using Azure Active Directory Connect. In this case:

  • User identities are sourced from Windows Server AD
  • Virtual Desktops are domain joined to Windows Server AD

Option Two

Azure Active Directory Domain Services (AADDS), a Microsoft PaaS managed service which automatically synchronises to Azure Active Directory (AAD). In this case:

  • User identities are sourced from Azure AD
  • Virtual Desktops are domain joined from Azure ADDS

Option Three

You can also run a combination of option 1 and option 2. In this case:

  • User identities are sourced from Windows Server AD
  • Virtual Desktops are domain joined to Azure ADDS

No matter which Azure Virtual Desktop Domain join option you select, users must be sourced from the same Active Directory Domain that is connected to Azure AD, and their UPN must exist in the Domain that the desktop virtual machine is joined to.

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Andrew Morpethhttps://ucgeek.co/author/amorpeth/
Andrew is a Modern Workplace Consultant specialising in Microsoft technologies based in Auckland, New Zealand; Andrew is a Director and Professional Services Manager at Lucidity Cloud Services and a Microsoft MVP.

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Andrew is a Modern Workplace Consultant specialising in Microsoft technologies based in Auckland, New Zealand; Andrew is a Director and Professional Services Manager at Lucidity Cloud Services and a Microsoft MVP.

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