Set up VDA License for On-premise AD joined Windows 10 Machine
Late Update 23 April 2021
In this post, I will show you how to set up Windows 10 Enterprise E3 VDA licenses.
For this, to work you need to meet the below prerequisites
- Devices must have Windows 10 Pro based activation
- On-premise AD is synced with Azure
- For on-premise AD, enable hybrid Azure AD (You can follow this URL https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/devices/hybrid-azuread-join-federated-domains)
Make sure, the workstation is synced to Azure and shows as Hybrid Azure AD joined.
To check this:
- Login to https://portal.azure.com
- Navigate to Azure Active Directory
- Click of Devices
The next step will be to prepare the on-premise AD. The below steps will guide you
- From the on-premise AD, navigate to Active Directory Domain and Trusts
- Right-click on Active Directory Domains and Trust and click on Properties and add the UPN of your external domain that is verified on the M365 portal. The step is very important if the internal domain differs from the public domain (for instance if the internal domain is domain.local and the public is domain.org)
- For each user that requires the E3 VDA license, change the UPN from AD to the external domain you created in the above step (if the public and internal domain are the same, you can ignore this step).
- Sync the current on-premise AD to Azure to reflect the new changes.
- Login to Microsoft 365 using an admin account
- Double Click on the user you would like to assign the E3 VDA license
- From the License and apps tab, assign the VDA license
- Log in with the licensed user to the Windows 10 Machine
- Check the License information under Windows Specification – the edition should display as Windows 10 Enterprise