The RDS team just posted a new blog article: July Updates to Azure RemoteApp

Check it out and learn about the new features and capabilities for Azure RemoteApp as well as new documentation that has been released for this product.




Azure RemoteApp core skills training is now available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy!

Go check it out:

Take this course to:

  • Gain an understanding of the basic principles of Azure RemoteApp.
  • Define why Azure RemoteApp is a key strategic technology.
  • Learn how to publish applications and the different types of applications that you can publish.
  • Learn how to assign a published application to your users.
  • Identify how to keep your application collections up to date.
  • Explore Azure RemoteApp.
  • Identify additional resources and next steps.
  • Learn about the client experiences on Windows, iOS, and Android.

Because the Azure RemoteApp client authenticates against Azure Active Directory (AAD) we are also able to leverage Conditional Access and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) based on AAD. The RDS Product team also recently announced this in the blog post Control access to Azure RemoteApp with Azure AD Conditional Access!

In this blog post I’ll guide you through the process of setting up MFA on Azure RemoteApp.

First of all, Conditional access requires Azure AD Premium (currently in preview). You can however set this up in a 30 day trial. To do that, open the Azure Portal browse to …

The Microsoft RDS team posted a new blog on the June updates related to Azure RemoteApp!


“…in the month of June 2015, we released the following new features and capabilities for Azure RemoteApp:

  • Added IP address range checking for Hybrid deployments using an existing VNET
  • Added limited public preview of Forced Tunneling.  Forced tunneling ‘forces’ all internet bound traffic back to the customer’s on premise network through the VPN tunnel. Read more here
  • Microsoft Platform images and Azure RDSH gallery image were updated with June software updates for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Administrators can add their custom antivirus


Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is all about delivering your Win32 ‘legacy applications’ from the cloud to any device, any location at any time. While RemoteApp technology itself is not new and has been shipping since Windows Server 2008, Azure, however, makes it a truly turnkey, and as a Service, solution. Basically you bring your applications and your identities, and Azure RemoteApp provides you with a GUI inside the Azure Portal to configure the delivery of those applications, including PowerShell support.

Currently you provide your custom application landscape by installing all your applications in a RD Session Host Template image. There …

Tech Editor: Toby Phipps – MVP, Remote Desktop Services

Here is the article in PDF Format: 2012R2 – RDS – Seamless Logons – Kristin Griffin

One of the most common questions I get from people implementing RDS is “I want a seamless logon process but I am not getting it. How do I provide access to my RD Session Host Session Collection(s) with the least amount of pop-up windows / SSL certificate warnings, and requiring the user to enter their credentials only once?” The short answer is that you can attain a seamless logon, but you have to configure your …

Consider the following scenario

  • An RDS environment that hosts one or more RDSH servers with Office 2013 Click 2 Run installed.
  • Shared activation has been enabled
  • Federation is not in place so activation relies on a user activating manually once by entering his O365 credentials
  • Registry value NoDomainUser is configured to 1 (Advised by Microsoft in case of the scenario above) also see

A new user who doesn’t have a profile yet, logs on for the first time and launches an Office application for the first time and gets prompted with the Office 365 activation screen. This is expected …

RemoteApp for Windows phone now supports RD Gateway!!  Another cool feature is that you can now get apps that are published in RD Web Access.

This is great news!

Check it out here:


If you are curious about the capabilities of Azure RemoteApp, and what your users might experience using it, then check out this new blog post on the Remote Desktop Services Blog:

The post shows videos of:

1. A side-by side comparison of the user experience of a person working in PowerPoint running locally on the desktop vs. running as a Azure RemoteApp.

2. RemoteApp’s multi-platform support capabilities: this video shows a user running Visio as an Azure RemoteApp on a Mac (which doesn’t have a native Visio app).

3. The computing power Azure RemoteApp provides - this video shows …

In 2013 and early 2014, Project VRC released the annual ‘State of the VDI and SBC union’ community survey – over 1300 people participated! The results of this independent and truly unique survey have provided many new insights into the usage of desktop virtualization around the world. You can download those survey results for free here:

This year Project VRC would like to repeat this survey to see how our industry has changed and to take a look at the future of Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing in 2015.

About Project VRC:

The independent R&D project …

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