This week, some basic functionality has been added by Microsoft to the new Azure RemoteApp service. Now, own templates can be loaded by organizations for accessing the preferred applications. The debut of this service was at TechEd and presently it is available only for ‘preview’ test. However, with the preview option, organizations can’t test their applications by lodging their own template.
The preview offers a demo through which 5 minutes of free access is provided to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and templates that Microsoft has provided. With the Azure RemoteApp service, the application that is housed in the virtual machine that runs in the datacenter infrastructure of Microsoft can be remotely accessed. The users claim that it feels as if the application runs on local machines. The applications can be set up so that they can be accessed to the taskbar of Windows Client just like apps that are locally installed. Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol is used by the service for presenting apps to end users.
Either a hybrid RemoteApp deployment can be created or a public cloud deployment can be created with the help of Microsoft Azure infrastructure. For creating custom template images, some steps from both the procedures are required. First there is a need to create VHD file that is based on Windows Server 2012 template image including the programs that have to be shared with users through RemoteApp service. Then the file would get uploaded to the service. Next, the apps have to be published by IT professionals before they can be accessed by end users.
For controlling access, Active Directory can be used. The Remote Desktop Client has to be downloaded to devices for accessing programs of RemoteApp. The RemoteApp clients has been published by Microsoft for Windows RT, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X and Android iOS.