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

Under Server 2012 RDS a collection (Virtual Desktop or Session), you will find you can publish either Desktops or RemoteApps, but not both.  In fact, the moment you publish your first RemoteApp, the desktop connection disappears. If you would like to bypass this limitation (for Session collections only), you may consider changing the following registry value on your RDCB:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\CentralPublishedResources\PublishedFarms\<collection>\RemoteDesktops\<collection>

ShowInPortal     REG_DWORD     0x00000001 (1 means SHOW the desktop connection icon, 0 will hide it)

Use this key to customize the session name so it’s more intuitive for the end user

Name     REG_SZ      Windows 7 and Office

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The result looks like this:

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Please note that using this manual registry technique is likely not supported.

Additional VDI-related Resources

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

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