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Reducing the complexity of deploying and accessing client-side applications with Azure RemoteApp

IT managers face a challenging task when it comes to deploying new and legacy client-side applications to remote users residing in a number of different locations. Many of these remote location challenges can be solved by using Azure RemoteApp and centralising business applications.

By taking advantage of the Remote Desktop protocol, you can bring resilience to your existing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and the ability to support low bandwidth connections. You can also add support to those larger applications that do not perform well over high latency network links or high latency across regions and applications that do not support mobile platforms or require additional security.

Azure RemoteApp provides a range of deployment and management options for public and hybrid cloud solutions while maintaining a single hardware footprint. This means a cost effective solution to simplify app deployments and cloud scalability which is something you won’t get from an on-premises solution.

What exactly is Azure RemoteApp?

Azure RemoteApp is essentially revamping the traditional Remote Desktop Services (RDS), bringing it to the cloud while introducing new and on-going functionality. What is significant about Azure RemoteApp is the ability to easily publish Windows Applications to on-premises desktops and mobile devices without the complexity or downtime of distributing software. Microsoft provides a public download for the Azure RemoteApp client application and access to the Desktop service is assigned to users who are connected to the on-premises Active Directory or Azure Active Directory.

How do we start?

  • Prepare a VM Image
  • Create a RemoteApp Collection
  • Publish your App to the Collection
  • Run your App from a client (desktop app or mobile)

You can either upload a VM template (perfect for domain-joined images) or select a custom template from the Azure gallery with a preinstalled Office 2013 image.

Depending on the business requirements you can host two types of Azure RemoteApp Collections (cloud based and hybrid collections). By choosing a cloud collection the application is hosted from your Azure cloud subscription. Your users access the cloud apps by logging in with Azure Active Directory.

If you have an underlying VPN connected to Azure and want to host a private resource such as an on-premises file server or application, then you can publish the app using the hybrid collection and users can access the app using their corporate credentials or synchronised by Azure Active Directory.

Azure RemoteApp supported client platforms

Desktop (both x86 and x64 versions)

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10

Azure RemoteApp on desktop

Mobile support

Available on the following App stores: Windows Store, iOS App Store and Mac App Store, Google Play.

Azure RemoteApp on iPad

What's coming in Azure RemoteApp (September 2016)

  • Azure RemoteApp availability in both the Azure classic portal and Azure portal
  • Ability to publish individual applications to specific users
  • Windows client redistributable MSI package

If you are interested in trying Azure RemoteApp, Microsoft has a 30-day free trial. If you wish to discuss your Remote Desktop needs, please feel free to contact Intergen.

Posted by: Christopher Hatton, nfrastructure Consultant, Cloud Design and Integration | 21 July 2016

Tags: Azure, Infrastructure, RemoteApp


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