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Pre-requisites

Overview

Novacloud Desktop requires certain elements in your Azure subscription to be activated or setup, which can be done before or after the installation of the platform.  This includes the license types required to operate the system, and certain other elements as described below such as a conditional access policy rather than just using Azure Security Defaults.  Some of these fixes can be performed from the portal also if your logged in user account has appropriate permissions in your tenant. If you are already using AVD or logging into VMs via Azure AD in a well-established existing subscription, most if not all of these pre-requisites will already have been met.

Security and Conditional Access

As Novacloud Desktop is a cloud first system, your users will login to their desktops/VMs using their native Azure AD/O365 email or user account. Any current system which uses this feature, including Azure Virtual Desktop, will not work with Multi-Factor Authentication. This means that security defaults must be turned off, and a conditional access policy put in place. This can be done from the portal dashboard in the pre-requisites section when you login:  <LINK>

Administrator Access to VMs

Whilst Novacloud desktop automatically assigns your users to be able to administrate a particular VM if you require that, you will need to also manually add them to the Microsoft Entra Role:  Either Global Administrator, or Microsoft Entra Joined Device Local Administrators (Recommended from least access perspective)

Resource Registration

Some subscriptions, particularly if you have just created a new pay-as-you-go one, will not have Microsoft.compute registered as a resource provider, just run the pre-requisite fix in the portal:  <LINK> or use the powershell below if you are a tenant administrator:

Register-AzResourceProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Compute

GPU compute limits

If you will be using desktops which run on high powered GPU platforms for running CAD and rendering applications and the like, you may need to request a higher vCPU threshold for the instance size required by the managed desktop. These can be requested here:

https://portal.azure.com/#view/Microsoft_Azure_Capacity/QuotaMenuBlade/~/myQuotas

License Requirements

Because of the conditional access policies, and the fact that Novacloud Desktop can use Azure Virtual Desktop components, any Microsoft 365 license that allows these 2 functions can be used to run Novacloud Desktop in your tenant:

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/pricing/details/virtual-desktop/

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