Using Windows 365 is a great way to provide access to your corporate tools and applications when you are working from either a different device but still need access to a Windows computer, or if you have contractors coming in.
But one big part of setting up Windows 365 is the network, where you have two roads to go down. You can either use the Microsoft Hosted network or you can use a Azure network connection.
This can be confusing, but let’s explore them together!
The different networks
When you are creating a provisioning policy, one of the first things you are asked to do is to select what network you would like to use.
If you are using Microsoft Hosted network, things are pretty straight forward. You select the geography you which to use and what region (it’s recommended to leave this at automatic but you can pinpoint a specific region if required).
When you hit “+ Create” you will get to choose from Microsoft Entra join (formerly known as Azure AD Join) or Hybrid Microsoft Entra join (formerly known as Hybrid Azure AD join). As per usual we want to try to stay away from Hybrid, so in the example we will go with the pure cloud one.
We then need to give our find a basic guide here.a name and then select the subscription where your network is located. I will not in this post cover how to configure that, but you can
When we selected the requested information in the wizard, hit next and you will see that this message appears:
When your network has successfully been configured, head over to create a new provisioning policy for Windows 365 and select the Azure network connection. Keep in mind, that you need to select the same join type as you did when setting up the network, otherwise it will not be in the list. You can select multiple ANCs and prioritize them as you like to create redundancy.