Last week was ExpertsLive, a big IT Pro community event focusing on the Microsoft Platform, held in Ede, The Netherlands. With over 40 breakout sessions divided into 7 parallel tracks with national and international speakers, and over 1200 attendees it was a great event!

I presented a session on RemoteApp on Azure IaaS vs Azure RemoteApp. In this demo heavy session I presented a comparison on both the administrator as well as the end user experience of both technologies.

I had a full house during the session, great turn up, good questions as well as great, more in depth, …

Many have been speculating, and as RDS MVP’s we’ve had the privilege to hear about this a while ago and have already seen some live demo’s… the HTML5 client for Azure RemoteApp! We can now talk about it and it’s on the public roadmap for January-March 2016!

Many (up until now 336) have voted for a HTML5 client for Azure RemoteApp on the User Voice Pages

The HTMl5 client for Azure RemoteApp will go into private preview very soon! The HTML5 client will expand use cases for Azure RemoteApp with support for Linux clients, Chrome OS and any device …

All of us that blog here at RDS Gurus are Microsoft MVP’s for Remote Desktop Services. For those of you interested in what this program is, read here.

Each year, a Microsoft MVP’s status is up for renewal.  (Freek and I happen to be up for renewal in the same month).

Happy to say that Freek and I both got the MVP Award for Remote Desktop Services again this year.




Freek is getting his for the 5th year in a row and I am now at year 7.

Truly honored, Microsoft! MVP Summit 2015 here …

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 …

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