Microsoft is now introducing a public preview of a single sign-on experience for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), enabling passwordless authentication for users.
Users will now be able to use Windows Hello and security devices such as FIDO2 keys to sign in, as well as third-party identity management services that integrate with Azure AVD.
In addition, users will be able to use passwordless authentication to log in to both the host computer using Azure ADV and in-session when using the Windows client.
How can I start?
Currently, this new functionality is only available for Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server 2022 Session Hosts, and only after you’ve installed the September Cumulative Update Preview.
you can follow the instructions (opens in a new tab) from Microsoft on how to set up single sign-on, which will guide you through enabling the new authentication protocol. And if you want a quick overview of how the new functionality works as a whole, you can check this out introduction video (opens in a new tab) at the Azure Academy.
In particular, if you want to use Windows Hello and security keys within the session, Microsoft has also provided instructions (opens in a new tab) for passwordless authentication in session that explains how to use the new WebAuthn redirect functionality.
If you’re interested in trying out a virtual desktop, Microsoft isn’t the only game available to Azure users.
Citrix has announced that its Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering is now available through Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace, which will purportedly simplify the delivery of Windows and Linux virtual desktops and applications to Microsoft customers.
Oracle VirtualBox users can now also run Windows 11, after the database giant addressed a known issue that caused the virtual machine to crash when running the operating system.
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