How to connect to Windows Virtual Desktop

Overview #

Windows Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud.

Connect to Windows Virtual Desktop with the Windows Desktop client #

You can access Windows Virtual Desktop resources on devices with Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise using the Windows Desktop client.

Windows Virtual Desktop doesn't support the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (RADC) client or the Remote Desktop Connection (MSTSC) client. Windows Virtual Desktop doesn't currently support the Remote Desktop client from the Windows Store. Support for this client will be added in a future release.

Install the Windows Desktop client #

Choose the client that matches your version of Windows:

You can install the client for the current user, which doesn't require admin rights, or your admin can install and configure the client so that all users on the device can access it.

Once installed, the client can be launched from the Start menu by searching for Remote Desktop.

Subscribe to a feed #

Get the list of managed resources available to you by subscribing to the feed provided by your admin. Subscribing makes the resources available on your local PC.

To subscribe to a feed:

  1. Open the Windows Desktop client.
  2. Select Subscribe on the main page to connect to the service and retrieve your resources.
  3. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

After you successfully sign in, you should see a list of the resources you can access.

You can launch resources by one of two methods.

  • From the client's main page, double-click a resource to launch it.
  • Launch a resource as you normally would other apps from the Start Menu.
    • You can also search for the apps in the search bar.

Once subscribed to a feed, the content of the feed is updated automatically on a regular basis. Resources may be added, changed, or removed based on changes made by your administrator.

Connect with the Web client #

The web client doesn't currently have mobile OS support.

Supported operating systems and browsers #

While any HTML5-capable browser should work, we officially support the following operating systems and browsers.

BrowserSupported OSNotes
Microsoft EdgeWindows
Internet ExplorerWindows
Apple SafarimacOS
Mozilla FirefoxWindows, macOS, LinuxVersion 55 or later
Google ChromeWindows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS

Access remote resources feed #

In a browser, navigate to the Azure Resource Manager-integrated version of the Windows Virtual Desktop web client at https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/arm/webclient and sign in with your user account.

If you're using the Windows Virtual Desktop Fall 2019 release without Azure Resource Manager integration, connect to your resources at https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/webclient instead. If you've already signed in with a different Azure Active Directory account than the one you want to use for Windows Virtual Desktop, you should either sign out or use a private browser window. After signing in, you should now see a list of resources. You can launch resources by selecting them like you would a normal app in the All Resources tab.

More details about the Web client can be found at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/remote-desktop-web-client

Connect with the Android client #

Install the Android client #

To get started, download and install the client on your Android device.

Subscribe to a feed #

Subscribe to the feed provided by your admin to get the list of managed resources you can access on your Android device.

To subscribe to a feed:

  1. In the Connection Center, tap +, and then tap Remote Resource Feed.
  2. Enter the feed URL into the Feed URL field. The feed URL can be either a URL or an email address.
  3. Tap NEXT.
  4. Provide your credentials when prompted.
    • For User name, give the user name with permission to access resources.
    • For Password, give the password associated with the user name.
    • You may also be prompted to provide additional factors if your admin configured authentication that way.

After subscribing, the Connection Center should display the remote resources.

Once subscribed to a feed, the feed's content will update automatically on a regular basis. Resources may be added, changed, or removed based on changes made by your administrator.

Connect with the macOS client #

Install the client #

To get started, download and install the client on your macOS device.

Subscribe to a feed #

Subscribe to the feed your admin gave you to get the list of managed resources available to you on your macOS device.

To subscribe to a feed:

  1. Select Add Workspace on the main page to connect to the service and retrieve your resources.
  2. Enter the Feed URL. This can be a URL or email address:
  3. Select Add.
  4. Sign in with your user account when prompted.

After you've signed in, you should see a list of available resources. Once you've subscribed to a feed, the feed's content will update automatically on a regular basis. Resources may be added, changed, or removed based on changes made by your administrator.

Connect with the iOS client #

Install the iOS client #

To get started, download and install the client on your iOS device.

Subscribe to a feed #

Subscribe to the feed provided by your admin to get the list of managed resources you can access on your iOS device.

To subscribe to a feed:

  1. In the Connection Center, tap +, and then tap Add Workspace.
  2. Enter the feed URL into the Feed URL field. The feed URL can be either a URL or an email address.
  3. Tap Next.
  4. Provide your credentials when prompted.
    • For User name, give the user name with permission to access resources.
    • For Password, give the password associated with the user name.
    • You may also be prompted to provide additional factors if your admin configured authentication that way.
  5. Tap Save.

After this, the Connection Center should display the remote resources. Once subscribed to a feed, the feed's content will update automatically on a regular basis. Resources may be added, changed, or removed based on changes made by your administrator.

Source #

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-windows-7-and-10

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