Deploying a new app on Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) consists essentially of three steps: 1) Install the app on the VM that hosts the master WVD image, 2) publish the app, 3) assign users to the app.

Install the app on the master WVD image

  1. Take a backup of the target VM – login to Azure and search for Backup Centre. Initiate backup from here. It may take a couple of hours to complete.
  2. Login to the VM as local admin and over RDP – locate the VM, select Connect and then RDP to download the connection file. Run this and enter the local admin account credentials to connect.
  3. Install the software you want to publish on the VM.

Publish the app

  1. Open a Powershell console as an administrator on the VM hosting the master WVD image
  2. Run Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl “” – to initiate session
  3. Obtain the app alias by running the following to get a list of those available – Get-RdsStartMenuApp Corpapps [host group] [app-group]
  4. If this returns an error (can’t find module), go ahead and install the modules needed using Install-Module -Name Microsoft.RDInfra.RDPowerShell
  5. Publish the app you just installed using New-RdsRemoteApp [tenant-name][host-group] [app-group] -Name [name you want to give the app] -AppAlias [the app alias you got from step 3]

Assign users

To publish a remote app to a user, run the following Powershell command. This can be done on any PC connected to the internet: Add-RdsAppGroupUser [tenant-name] [host-group] [app-group] -UserPrincipalName [username]

Other useful commands

  • Add-RdsAccount -DeploymentUrl – to connect PS to WVD
  • Get-RdsAppGroupUser [tenant-name] [host-pool-name] [app-group] – get a list of users that are offered apps in the app group as remote apps
  • Get-RdsAppGroup -TenantName [tenant-name] -HostPoolName [host-pool-name] – gets all app groups in the host pool
  • Remove-RdsRemoteApp [tenant-name] [host-pool-name] [app-group] -Name “[name you gave the app]” -AppAlias [alias that was obtained in step 3 above] – remove app from the app group

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