Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: You can now create cloud deployments with your own template image

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My name is Sandeep Patnaik, and I’m a program manager on the Remote Desktop team. When we released the preview of Azure RemoteApp, we had just one goal in mind – deliver the best remote application service for Windows-based applications. Thank you very much for your overwhelming response. And if you still haven’t given Azure RemoteApp a try, head over to Azure RemoteApp website to learn about the service and give us feedback.

Many of you reached out to us via the Azure RemoteApp forum. The most requested enhancement was the ability to make your apps available in cloud deployments. I am happy to announce that this is now possible. You can now create a cloud deployment using your own template image.

Try it now!

To create an Azure RemoteApp cloud deployment with your template image, you will have to:

  1. Create and upload your template image. Step-by-step guide: How to create a custom template image for RemoteApp.
  2. Create a deployment with the above template image. Step-by-step guide: Cloud deployment step-by-step guide.

Update management

One of the key differences between using Microsoft template images and your own template images is how software updates are handled. For RemoteApp services that use Microsoft template images, you will not have to worry about the operating system and application updates. The service maintains itself automatically and rolls out updates on an ongoing basis. As a result, you always have the latest operating system and Microsoft Office 2013 version.

In contrast, with your own template images, you are in control. We understand that you want to update your RemoteApp service only after you’re confident that the new operating system updates causes no app compatibility issues. You can manage the updates to such deployments via the Update Wizard available on the Dashboard tab of your RemoteApp service.

Thank you for your interest in Azure RemoteApp.

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  • This is awesome. Now if you can allow us to use Azure VM images as templates instead of having to upload the large image file, this product will be a dream for us. Thanks

  • As many others have said, it would really simplify things for us if you could upload a base image as an Azure VM template (preferably without Office installed) so we can do this all in the cloud.  Forcing us to upload hundreds of GBs of images to Azure is a total nightmare!

    You've already got a template image that can be picked during the setup process.  Surely it's possible to add this to the Azure VM templates, so we can spin it up, install our apps, and then all we'd need to do is sys prep it so it's ready for use as RemoteApp template.

  • Regarding licensing - when we create a cloud (as opposed to hybrid) deployment, the OS licensing and per user CAL licensing is all factored into the price?

    What about the hybrid option?  Does this mean we need to purchase separate licenses, and add CALs for every user that connects?  Or does this all change once it's uploaded to Azure?

  • Will this ever become available in the full cloud deployment option? We deal with a number of small clients who are viewing this as a possible alternative to having to have on premises servers. That would be a true cloud solution, depending on the pricing of course. Azure will be awesome when it no longer relies on having on-premises networks and on-premises active directory. At the moment it's just an additional cost rather than an alternative option for small businesses

  • @Alan, @Rob, @Daniel: Thank you for the feedback.

    Regarding importing image from Azure VHD gallery: We are currently bringing you features one at a time and ability to use a VHD from your Azure image gallery is certainly a feature we are reviewing. Meanwhile, you can use this workaround: Create a template image that meets Azure RemoteApp pre-requisites as Azure VM, download the image and upload it to Azure RemoteApp. While this workaround still requires you to upload GBs of image, it takes away the need to have an on-premises hyper-v machine.

    Regarding availability of a base Azure RemoteApp template image: Great feedback. This is also a feature we are currently reviewing. We will keep you posted.

    Regarding pricing: We are working hard to come up with a hassle free and simple licensing model for RemoteApp. We will keep you posted.


    Sandeep Patnaik


  • thank you

  • muy bueno... esto abre la posibilidad de muchos negocios.

    Existe un tutorial en español??

  • @Diego, Thanks for your interest. Currently we have tutorial/documentation only in English! I will post an update here when we have them available.

  • I am using the azure remoteapp preview. Among published applicatuions MS Access is not present. I tryed to create it like excel but it doesn't work. Have you some workarounds? Will you support this poor son in definitive release?


  • Is it possible to add our own parameters used to start MSAccess. That is database name, workgroup name and other starting stuff?

  • If our enterprise WPF application connects to sql azure and also to an ssrs on a virtual machine ,would we still be able to use remoteapp to run the WPF app?

  • We're trying to run proprietary applications in RemoteApp that require access to a license server.  How do I find our the FQDN of the RemoteApp cloud service so we can add that to allow access to our license servers?  I don't see anything in the management portal that shows us this.  Can we find this using PowerShell commands maybe?

  • is it possible to install/use a third-party application (windows version) on remoteapp? how? how to get installed Internet explorer for example? thanks MH

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