WS2012 VDI ISSUE: Publishing VM-Hosted RemoteApps Fails in Windows Server 2012

I had an error I’d not encountered in my VDI travels with Windows Server 2012.

The Issue

On an otherwise fully functional pair of remote desktop virtualization hosts, I could not publish a RemoteApp from within a pooled VM collection. When the Publish RemoteApp Programs wizard attempted to enumerate applications on the Start Menu, the error (shown in the image below) came up:

“Exception: Unable to retrieve RemoteApp programs for the Start menu”

 RemoteAppFail

 

The Cause

It turned out all our pooled collections were ‘Windows 7 Professional” and “Windows 8 Professional” (just how the customer had done it). This is a known limitation (by design) of non-Enterprise versions (most other features work), as shown in this table.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2012/11/26/remotefx-features-for-windows-8-and-windows-server-2012.aspx

The Fix

Deploy Windows 7 and 8 Enterprise VMs as your masters and voila! problem solved.

Additional Windows Server 2012 VDI-related Resources

WS2012 VDI TIP: Concurrency Settings to Provision Virtual Desktop Pools More Quickly

WS2012 VDI TIP: How to Publish a Full Desktop Alongside Published RemoteApps

WS2012 VDI TIP: How to Change the Title on the RDWeb Homepage

VDI Load Simulator Tools

Master Windows Group Policy Settings Reference (for all versions WS2003 – 2012)

New GP Settings in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012

Setting the default RemoteApp connection URL on your clients using GPO

Using PowerShell to control RDS in Windows Server 2012 (Part 1)

Using PowerShell to control RDS in Windows Server 2012 (Part 2)

Set Up a KMS Host on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine

Set Up a KMS Host on a Windows Server 2012 Machine

Adding a WS2008 Session Host to a WS2012 RDS Environment

Office 2013 on an WS2012 RDS Session Host

Office 365 on a WS2012 RDS Session Host

One thought on “WS2012 VDI ISSUE: Publishing VM-Hosted RemoteApps Fails in Windows Server 2012

  1. tda

    Hi,

    I have the same ISSUE but my machine are already WINDOWS 7 ENTERPRISE.

    On the Windows7 machine there aren’t ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS for users (and I cannot put manually the domain group into the Windows7 client because the template machine is of course in WORKGROUP and is DJOINED when the collection is created)

     

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