In this post, you will see an end-user guide to install & Subscribe to Windows RD Client for AVD manually. I will cover the automatic installation of the Windows RD Client for AVD in the upcoming posts.
You will need to check the following post to know 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. More details Windows 365 Cloud PC Web Client End User Experience Walkthrough.
Download RD Client for AVD
Install the MSI Remote Desktop_***.msi (Admin access is required if you are installing it manually).
NOTE! – I will cover Intune/SCCM installation options of RD clients for AVD in the future posts.
- Click Next
Click on Accept and Next.
Select Install Just for you and click Next.
Click on Finish and Launch.
Subscribe to RD Client for AVD Feed
Let’s check how to subscript to the AVD feed. Click on Subscribe Button.
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.
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 successfully signed in with your user ID you would be able to see host pools and remote apps assigned to your user.
Right, Click on the host pool icon to change the display settings (the default setting is FULL Screen). Click on Settings
Select the following options DISPLAY as per your preference (following are my favorite 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
Double click on Host Pool the icon to launch the Remote Desktop. Enter the password and click ok OK.
NOTE! – SSO is coming soon into RD AVD client. More details here.
Remote Desktop will get connected.
How to check the RD Client Update
New versions of Windows RD Client for AVD are automatically updated.
Check the version of the AVD RD Application – Click on (…) About -> Check for Updates to check whether there is any update.
Troubleshooting – RD Client for AVD
Check the version of the AVD RD Application – Click on (…) -> Update Status – Click on Update Now.
NOTE! – If there is any error here near the update status. You won’t be launching Remote Desktop and Remote Apps
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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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…