Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide

This post contains a guide for manually installing and subscribing to the Windows RD Client for AVD. I will cover the automatic installation of the Windows RD Client for AVD in upcoming posts.

You must check the following post to learn more about Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) web client access details. How To Connect AVD Remote Desktop Resources Client Browser. Also, AVD Troubleshooting Options Tips Tricks are useful too.

The same Remote Desktop Client (RD Client) is used for end-user connectivity or launching Windows 365 Cloud PCs. For more details, see the Windows 365 Cloud PC Web Client End User Experience Walkthrough.

Index
Download RD Client for AVD
Install
Subscribe to RD Client for AVD Feed
How to check the RD Client Update
Troubleshooting – Remote Desktop (RD) Client for Azure Virtual Desktop(AVD)
Shortcuts to Launch Remote Desktops and Apps
Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Table.1

NOTE! Microsoft announced that AVD is GA’d Generally Available. I’m expecting many exciting announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2019.

Patch My PC

Download RD Client for AVD

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.1

Install

Install the MSI Remote Desktop_***.msi (Admin access is required if you install it manually).

NOTE! – I will cover RD clients’ Intune/SCCM installation options for AVD in future posts.

  • Click Next
Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide - Fig.2
Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.2

Click on Accept and Next.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.3

Select Install Just for you and click Next.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.4

Click on Finish and Launch.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.5

Subscribe to RD Client for AVD Feed

Let’s check how to subscript to the Azure Virtual Desktop feed. Click on the Subscribe Button.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.6

NOTE! – MFA options will be available with subscription and AAD Conditional Access

Sign in / Login with your user ID with cloud UPN (@howtomanagedevices.com) and click NEXT.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.7

NOTE! – This will redirect to the Federated Login Page (AD FS), where you have to enter a password (username might automatically get populated) and click Sign-In

Once you have successfully signed in with your user ID, you can see the host pools and remote apps assigned to your user.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.8

Right-click on the host pool icon to change the display settings (the default setting is FULL Screen). Click on Settings.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.9

Please select the following options DISPLAY as per your preference (the following are my favourite settings).

  • User Default Settings => Off
  • Display Settings => Off
  • Start in full screen => Off
  • Update the resolution on resize => Yes
  • Resolution => 200%
  • Fit session to Windows => On
Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide - Fig.10
Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.10

Double-click on the Host Pool icon to launch the Remote Desktop. Enter the password and click OK.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.11

NOTE! – SSO is coming soon into RD AVD client.

The Remote Desktop will get connected.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.12

How to check the RD Client Update

New Windows Remote Desktop(RD) Client versions for AVD are automatically updated.

Check the version of the Azure Virtual Desktop RD Application. Click on (…) About -> Check for Updates to see if there is an update.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.13

Troubleshooting – Remote Desktop (RD) Client for Azure Virtual Desktop(AVD)

To check the version of the AVD RD Application, Click on (…) -> Update Status, then Click on Update Now.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.14

NOTE! If there is any error here near the update status. You won’t be launching Remote Desktop and Remote Apps

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.15

Shortcuts to Launch Remote Desktops and Apps

Let’s try to control the shortcut RD client virtual desktop and virtual app shortcuts.

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Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide – Fig.16

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Author

Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, 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

6 thoughts on “Install Subscribe Windows RD Client for AVD End User Step-by-Step Guide”

  1. Hi Anoop,
    Its a great article, thank you for this. At my workplace, I have been using rdweb to connect to remote desktops and servers on the browsers, it is very slow performance as I am working in the browser. Does this AVD client has any advantages in terms of speed/performance? I would like to explore this.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • It’s worth a try. I recommend RD client over Web client. I think the performance of a remote desktop depends on many factors so I don’t think only changing the client would help. I recommend performing an end to end troubleshooting study:
      1. Internet connection
      2. Latency between Gateway and remote desktop
      3. Performance of the OS (AVD Session host)
      etc…

      Reply
  2. Hi Anoop,
    If the SSO is enabled via ADFS, I’m unable to subscribe to cross domain workspace within the same forest. I login to the hardware device joined to domain a.forest.com and want to subscribe to workspace using domain b.forest.com
    When I subscribe->use another account it keeps going in the loop pointing me back to the account I am logged in to my PC with (and not the cross domain account).
    One workaround is to add the cross domain account as a new exchange account (select allow my organization to manage this computer). This way the account gets registered in “Access Work or School”, and then I can subscribe using this account.
    The remote connection works for a day but next day when I double click on desktop icon it again goes into the loop of asking me to select user account. After I select the cross domain account couple of times, it tells me I dont have a workspace account.

    Reply
      • Thanks for your quick reply Anoop,
        The email discovery will only allow it to find the feed discovery URL, however, once you click on it, it says you are already subscribed to it (as I have assignments to my locally logged in account also)
        The incognito mode works for browser based clients, however not a preferred method for us.
        This issue with the remote desktop client is really bothering 🙂

      • Hi Kedar – I thought so, email discovery will only help to find the feed discovery URL. I think SSO options are not very fabulous. It seems you don’t have 2-way trust between both the domains. I would recommend raising a ticket with Microsoft.

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