Create a Azure RemoteApp image based on an Azure virtual machine

Important

Azure RemoteApp is being discontinued on August 31, 2017. Read the announcement for details.

You can create Azure RemoteApp images (which hold the apps you share in your collection) from an Azure virtual machine. You could also choose to use a virtual machine image we added to the Azure VM image gallery that meets all the Azure RemoteApp image requirements - you can use that VM image as a starting point for your own VM, if you want. Just look for the "Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host" image in the library.

There are two steps to create your own image based on an Azure VM - create the image and then upload it from the Azure VM library to Azure RemoteApp.

Create a custom image based on an Azure VM

Use these steps to create an image based on an Azure VM.

  1. Create an Azure virtual machine. You can use the "Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host" or the "Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host with Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus" image from the Azure virtual machine image gallery. This image meets all the Azure RemoteApp template image requirements.

    For details, see Create a VM running Windows.

  2. Connect to the VM and install and configure the apps that you want to share through RemoteApp. Make sure to perform any additional Windows configurations required by your apps.

    For details, see How to Log on to a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server.

  3. If you are using one of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host images, there is an included validation script that will ensure your VM meets the RemoteApp pre-reqs. To run script, double-click ValidateRemoteAppImage on the desktop. Ensure that all errors reported by the script are fixed before proceeding to the next step.
  4. SYSPREP generalize and capture the image. See How to Capture a Windows Virtual Machine to Use as a Template for instructions.

Import the image into the Azure RemoteApp image library

Use these steps to import the new image into Azure RemoteApp:

  1. In the Template Images tab:

    • If you have no existing images, click Upload or Import a Template Image.
    • If you have at least one image already, click + to add a new image.
  2. Select Import an image from your Virtual Machines library, and then click Next.
  3. On the next page, select your custom image from the list and confirm that you followed the steps listed when you created your image. Click Next.
  4. Enter a name for the new RemoteApp image and pick the location, then click the checkmark to start the import process.
Note

You can import images from any Azure location supported by Azure Virtual Machines to any Azure location supported by Azure RemoteApp. Depending on the locations the import can take up to 25 minutes.

Now you are ready to create your new collection, either a cloud collection or hybrid, depending on your needs.