Workspace 365 with Windows Virtual Desktop

Quick reference:
Settings -> App store

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In this article we describe how you can use Windows Virtual Desktop directly from Workspace 365. We created a direct integration with Windows Virtual Desktop and Workspace 365, this means that you can start Windows Virtual Desktop apps directly from your Workspace 365.



IMPORTANT: You'll need to add an additional oAuth2 permission to the Workspace 365 Single sign-on application, you can do this by following these steps:
  1. Go to with the admin account
  2. Go to Active Directory
  3. Go to App Registrations
  4. Select the Workspace 365 Single Sign-On app
  5. Go to API Permissions
  6. Click Add a permission
  7. Select API's my organization uses


  8. Search for Windows Virtual Desktop
  9. Select the API -> Delegated permissions
  10. Check the user_impersonation (Spring 2019 version)
  11. Check the User.Access (ARM 2020 version) 
  12. Click Add permissions
  13. When that's done click the Grant admin consent for ****

When the API permission is added, you can add the Windows Virtual Desktop app(s) to the Workspace 365 environment. 

  1. Go to the App store, click on "Add new app" and select Windows Virtual Desktop:


  2. Fill in the following information:
    • App name, this is the name how the app is represented in the Workspace
    • Windows Virtual Desktop version, select which version you use. 
    • Windows Virtual Desktop app name, this should be the exact name like the app name in Windows Virtual Desktop
    • Select the Microsoft remote desktop client, we recommend .rdpw which is the newer client this client can be downloaded here:
    • Now add the to the Workspace and publish it to the desired users.

TIP: Be sure that the user is singed in in the new Microsoft Remote Client.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop Client with .rdpw 

When you clicked on a Windows Virtual Desktop App, an .rdp file was downloaded which you had to open and for which files needed to be added to the computer. The new client can instantly open .rdpw files, so you can immediately get started with your Windows Virtual Desktop applications.

You can use .rdpw now, this means we support another file that gets downloaded it will not run from Workspace but from your local client.

How to set this up within the Workspace

  • Go to the App store
  • Click on Add new app
  • Click on Windows Virtual Desktop App
  • Fill in the right information and select .rdpw

It will detect when the WVD app in rendered on a Mac or Windows device. When choosing .rdpw, you can still opt-in for MacOS users to use the .rdp client.



Problems with opening the .rdpw file directly?

A previous version of the Remote desktop Client (RemoteDesktop_1.2.1186.0_x64) had some issues with opening the .rdpw file directly. The app was not launched as expected. Microsoft looked into this problem and it seems the issue has been resolved from the update (1.2.1755) of the client (Ref.: 

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Opening .rdpw file (application) from an external AVD

Option 1

  1. Place the .rdpw file on a SharePoint site.
  2. Create a tile with a shortcut to the .rdpw file.
  3. For first time use, choose to open .rdpw files in Edge Chromium (this can be enforced using a policy to always open the remote client).
  4. Log in. 


Option 2

  1. Place the .rdpw file on a SharePoint site or network share. 
  2. In the instruction.xml file from the local app launcher, configure the location of the .rdpw file (according to the already existing manual, however the location differs).
  3. Add the app to the Workspace.
  4. For first time use, choose to open .rdpw files in Edge Chromium (this can be enforced using a policy to always open the remote client).
  5. Log in.

In order for this to work, the user needs access/permissions to the .rdpw location. 

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Microsoft Remote Desktop Client with .rdp (old client)

IMPORTANT: When opening an app from the Workspace 365 the client PC must be connected to the Windows Virtual Desktop environment. 

This can be done in two different ways:


  1. Navigate to:
    1. Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. Then Click on the Access RemoteApp and desktops.
  2. Add the following Windows Virtual Desktop Feed URL:
  3. Click Next and sign in with the account which has access to the Windows Virtual Desktop environment

Automating the feed via GPO

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Editor on the domain controller and create a new GPO.
  2. Go to User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Remote Desktop Services -> RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.
  3. Double click the Specify default connection URL key and enable it. Enter the feed URL in the Default Connection URL field.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Roll out your new GPO to your domain.

If that's done your able to open the application directly from the Workspace 365, first time you'll need to fill in your Windows Virtual Desktop credentials, but you can check the "Remember me" option. And you are able to launch the apps directly from Workspace 365. 

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