There are two ways to access the AVD Remote desktop and remote app that you published. In this post, we will discuss both options in detail. Also, you would be able to see a video experience of the Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) remote desktop.
Microsoft AVD is the new VDI story from Microsoft. I have a post in which I explained about Microsoft AVD Vs. Citrix, AVD Myths, AVD Known Issues, and AVD setup. More details are in the Microsoft VDI Story post.
Microsoft shared details about Microsoft WVD release dates (GA), and the future roadmap of AVD is explained in the Windows Virtual Desktop Ask Me Anything (AMA). I have a post that highlighted the points the AVD engineering team shared in the WVD AMA. More details are in the AVD AMA post.
In this post, you are going to see two methods to access WVD remote apps and remote desktops from a Thin client or physical desktop. The following are the two options available to access WVD Remote Desktops and Apps.
NOTE! -- PWA (Progressive Web Apps)options are NOT enabled for the AVD web browsers yet. Maybe this is coming in the future?
NOTE! – Do you have Questions about AVD Remote/Web SSO? The following link will help you to understand better. https://www.anoopcnair.com/microsoft-wvd-ama-faq-ga-dates/#WVD_SSO_Related_Questions
- Web Browser (HTML5 supported browser)
- Remote Desktop Client (Windows Devices)
- Thin Clients?
AVD Web Client Browser (HTML5 based browser)
The Web browser is the easiest way to connect to AVD remote desktops and apps. AVD remote desktop resources can be accessed from any web browser which supports HTLM5.
- Only for AVD V2 ARM
NOTE! – The end-user experience of AVD Remote Desktop Client (explained) is better than a Web browser. I have seen inconsistency in Single Sign-On(SSO) and a couple of pop-ups etc…
NOTE! – You can use the following URL to connect to AVD remote desktop resources. https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/webclient/index.html (This won’t work for WVD V2 or new WVD with ARM support or AVD Spring release).
Windows 10 Device
I use the web browser to connect to AVD resources during the test scenarios as it’s straightforward to test with different web browsers on my Windows 10 Surface book.
Mobile Devices – Non Windows Devices
The only option to access AVD resources from mobile and non Windows devices is via a Web Browser. Microsoft mentioned in their documentation that you could access AVD remote desktop resources from all non-windows devices with HTML5 support.
I tried to access AVD resources from iOS 12/13/14/15 devices on different browsers, and the following are the results.
- Chrome – Works perfectly fine
- Safari – Works fine
- Microsoft Edge – Not able to list down the AVD resources
AVD Remote Desktop Client (Windows Devices)
The second option to connect to WVD remote desktop resources is to download and install the WVD Remote Desktop client. This client is available only for Windows devices.
Features of Update Microsoft Remote Client for AVD
Following are the features included in the latest version of the Microsoft Remote desktop client as per Freek Berson @fberson.
- Fallback language for localized version is improved
- Upon removing a subscription, cached credentials in the credential manager are adequately cleaned up.
- Unattended client update process and client relaunch once completed (noticeable once the next update is available)
- The Microsoft Remote Desktop Client can be used on Windows 10S
Once the client is installed, it will get the Automatic update from the cloud. You can see the notification within the AVD remote desktop client/Windows Action Center. The latest Microsoft Remote Desktop client supports Windows 10S version, and it’s more stable.
NOTE! – In Microsoft documentation, there are only Windows 7, and Windows 10 support statement is available. I hope Windows 8.1 is also supported.
Download AVD Remote Desktop Client
You can download the latest Azure Remote Desktop (AVD) client from the Microsoft website here. Latest version ✔
Video Experience AVD Remote Desktop Client
The following video will give you the experience of Microsoft remote desktop client app installation, subscription, display settings, and automatic client update.
✔Microsoft AVD Remote Desktop Client Download
✔Microsoft Remote Desktop Client app installation
✔AVD Remote Desktop Client subscription
✔AVD Remote Desktop Client display settings
✔AVD Remote Desktop Client automatic client update
AVD Remote Desktop Client – Display Settings
Following are the AVD remote desktop client display settings available with the latest version of the client. If you don’t change the setting, it will automatically take the display settings of your physical device. This behavior is a bit troublesome user experience (when you connect to dual-screen etc..)
NOTE! – Right client on your AVD Remote Resources listed down in the client and select Settings. In the settings menu, you can adjust the display setting as you need.
The following are my favorite display settings for Microsoft Remote Desktop Client when I test AVD Remote Desktops/Remote Apps.
- Use Default Settings – OFF
- Display Settings
- Use All Monitors – OFF
- Start in full screen – OFF
- Update the resolution on resize – OFF
- Resolution – Choose for me – 1280 x 1024
- Change the size of the text and apps: 175% (this will show the windows inside the remote desktop much clear)
- Fit Session to Window – ON
AVD Microsoft Remote Desktop Client – WIP – Conflict?
I think there is a conflict between Windows Information Protection (WIP) policies (deployed through Microsoft Intune) and Microsoft Remote Desktop Client.
You might be able to reproduce the issue once the subscription is timed out and you need to unsubscribe and subscribe again. The same issue is there with the newest version 18.104.22.168.
I could see Microsoft Remote Desktop is WIP enlighten app. But, not sure whether the RD client (msrdcw.exe) we use for AVD is enlightened or not.
Thin Client Access
Microsoft is closely working with all the thin client vendors and specifically with DELL as they mentioned in the AVD AMA. The following are the Thin client OSes which Microsoft is going to support currently/future.
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise (supported)
- Linux based thin clients (Future roadmap)
- Dell Thin Clients (Future roadmap)
- AVD Video Play List ➡➡https://aka.ms/WVDPlaylist
- AVD AMA 28th Aug 2019 Windows Virtual Desktop Microsoft AVD FAQs from AMA
- Microsoft VDI Story AVD Concept Setup Guide Myths Known Issues
- SCCM Intune Support for Persistent Non-Persistent VDI VMs