Linux on AVD (WVD) with WSL2

First let me say that the name for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) changed this week to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) – so there’s that!

There is crazy demand for Linux support in Azure Virtual Desktop – driven by engineering and development scenarios, and I’ve had a lot of great feedback on my post about “WVD for Linux Access” – which used XRDP and MSTSC, but some folks want more.

I just finished deploying some personal AVD VMs with the Windows Subsystem for Linux, and I’m happy to say that that’s another great way to get Linux access in WVD.

I followed the instructions out on the WSLg Github page: GitHub – microsoft/wslg: Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios, and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to get GUI access to Linux applications on my Windows VMs! What’s crazy is that you can have multiple Linux distributions all running at the same time – check out the picture below… I have four different Linux distributions running, with three instances of Nautilus all via WVD – IT’S NUTTY!