AVD Teams optimization (AVD media optimization) is important for all production implementation. Otherwise, the users start complaining about the performance issues. Also, the user experience with Teams won’t be great without the Teams application’s AVD media optimization.
Recently, I have seen a performance impact on the AVD VM, especially with Teams. The Teams application was not behaving properly 🙂 Well, there were significant delays, screen sharing issues, etc… I started checking what happened and what was the change I made to my AVD instance.
After a while, I realized that the AVD session host got upgraded to Windows 10 2004. I used Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) Intune to update the operating system of the session host. I have already given an overview Windows 10 upgrade process using WUfB (Windows Update for Business) in the AVD management with Intune post.
How to Verify Teams is AVD Media Optimized or not?
You can check whether the Teams application is optimized for AVD using the following method.
- Open Teams application.
- Click on the Drop-Down arrow near the profile picture.
- Click on About.
- Click on Version.
- Now, you would confirm whether the Teams is optimized for AVD media or not, as you can see in the below screen capture.
- You have Microsoft Teams Version <version number> AVD Media Optimized.
AVD Media Optimization Issue after Windows In-place Upgrade?
We have identified that the Teams performance issue started after Windows 10 in-place upgrade. We also noticed that the Teams application optimized for AVD is not working. The AVD, as mentioned earlier, Media Optimized banner, disappeared from the Teams application.
I started checking the Microsoft docs to find out the details about Team optimization for AVD. The Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service is mandatory for the AVD optimization of Microsoft Teams.
I noticed that the Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service application is available under “Add/Remove programs (appwiz.CPL)“. I opened services.msc to check whether the Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service is running or not. And noticed that the service is missing!
Strange! If that’s even possible (that’s what I was thinking).
Fix Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service Missing Issue
Let’s try to fix the Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service Missing Issue. Well, the manual fix was pretty easy! So AVD Teams Optimization should work as expected after the following activity.
- Launch Command prompt with Administrative permissions from problematic Windows 10 VM.
- Type in Appwiz.CPL to launch add remove programs.
- Search for “Remote Desktop WebRTC redirector service“
- Right-click on the above-mentioned application and select Uninstall to remove the application.
- Once uninstalled successfully, download the Remote Desktop WebRTC Redirector Service.
- Install the Remote Desktop WebRTC Redirector service application on to WVD Windows 10 session host.
- Restart the Session host.
NOTE! – We have implemented an automatic way of fixing the issue with a custom script to identify whether the “Remote Desktop WebRTC Redirector service” service is running or not. If not running, reinstall the app and fix the issue. We deployed this solution via MEM Intune.
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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a logger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…