Let’s check how to Download AVD Session Desktop RDP File RDPW File to Check RDP Settings. In this post, you will find a way to Download the AVD Session Desktop RDP file or RDPW File to check RDP settings for troubleshooting.
I have been working with some of the AVD RDP settings issues and wanted to check whether the RDP configurations flow down to the AVD RDP client or not.
Let’s learn how to check the RDP settings configured on the server-side (Azure portal) flowing down to the AVD web client. The following are many AVD RDP setting options in the Azure portal. There is four (4) segregation of RDP settings.
- Connection Information
- Session Behavior
- Device Redirection
- Display settings
Why Download RDP | RDPW File?
As I mentioned above, RDP/RDPW file is required to check whether your server-side RDP settings to the configuration are getting down to the AVD client-side or not.
For example, you have configured USB storage redirection RDP settings from the Azure portal using the following option:
- USB redirection (usbdevicestoredirect:s:value – USB redirection)
- Redirect all USB devices that are not already redirected by another high-level redirection
You can confirm the actual value of the Advanced tab in RDP settings for the host pool from the Azure portal AVD section.
How to Download AVD Session Desktop RDP | RDPW File?
Let’s find out how to download AVD Session Desktop RDP | RDPW File?
NOTE! – The download RDP Settings file option is not available for non-web client versions of AVD. So, you won’t download the RDP file for the AVD session host from MSI/Microsoft Store AVD client.
- First of all, you need to log in to the AVD web client portal.
- Click on the Settings option on the right-side top of your web client portal after login.
- Select the option to Download RDP file option.
NOTE! – Make sure you change the option back to Open resources in the browser once you download the WVD RDP file. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access the session host from the web client.
Let’s check and confirm whether the RDP settings are flowing down or not from the below results.
Click on the Session Host icon from your AVD workspace to download the RDP file.
There are two options to view the file.
Select Open with the option to view the RDP file without downloading it.
Select Save File to download the RDP/RDPW file.
- Open the SessionDesktop.rdpw file with the notepad application.
- Check whether you have the USB storage redirect RDP settings (usbdevicestoredirect:s:*) available or not.
So, we can confirm that the USB redirection RDP settings configured in the Azure portal are flowing down to the client-side.
- Download RD Client for WVD.
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4 thoughts on “Download AVD Session Desktop RDP File RDPW File to Check RDP Settings”
Its worth noting that you can – in fact you automatically, download the RDP files in the Windows WVD Client (MSRDC). These are automatically downloaded to %localappdata%\rdclientwpf when you subscribe to the WVD resource feed and then every time you do a refresh.
The RDP files are in a per Workspace GUID folder: %localappdata%\rdclientwpf\%GUID%\ which is difficult to work out. So you need to open the xyz.RDP file in Notepad and look for either remotedesktopname:s: or remoteapplicationname:s section to definitively identify which desktop/remoteapp this file relates to. Once you have found it then you will see the redirections at the top of the file.
You can make changes to the RDP properties in the portal – then do a refresh in the WVD client and the client will download an updated version of the RDP file which will no have the updated setting within it.
Hello Tom – Thank you for the details. Very useful information. Appreciate the detailed explanation.
Hello Anoop, Need your expert guidance
I have 2 user cases w.r.t WVD session desktop:
1. Launch Session Desktop automatically when my laptop starts and followed by
2. AAD user to automatically login to Session Desktop without prompting for credentials?
Hello Ravi – Are you asking whether the above-mentioned user experience is feasible in the Azure Virtual Desktop world or not? If so, the SSO is possible using ADFS cert based configuration. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/authentication#single-sign-on-sso