Publish built-in apps in Windows Virtual Desktop (classic)


This content applies to Windows Virtual Desktop (classic), which doesn't support Azure Resource Manager Windows Virtual Desktop objects. If you're trying to manage Azure Resource Manager Windows Virtual Desktop objects, see this article.

This article will tell you how to publish apps in your Windows Virtual Desktop environment.

Publish built-in apps

To publish a built-in app:

  1. Connect to one of the virtual machines in your host pool.

  2. Get the PackageFamilyName of the app you want to publish by following the instructions in this article.

  3. Finally, run the following cmdlet with <PackageFamilyName> replaced by the PackageFamilyName you found in the previous step:

    New-RdsRemoteApp <tenantname> <hostpoolname> <appgroupname> -Name <remoteappname> -FriendlyName <remoteappname> -FilePath "shell:appsFolder\<PackageFamilyName>!App"


Windows Virtual Desktop only supports publishing apps with install locations that begin with C:\Program Files\Windows Apps.

Update app icons

After you publish an app, it will have the default Windows app icon instead of its regular icon picture. To change the icon to its regular icon, put the image of the icon you want on a network share. Supported image formats are PNG, BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, and ICO.

Publish Microsoft Edge

The process you use to publish Microsoft Edge is a little different from the publishing process for other apps. To publish Microsoft Edge with the default homepage, run this cmdlet:

New-RdsRemoteApp <tenantname> <hostpoolname> <appgroupname> -Name <remoteappname> -FriendlyName <remoteappname> -FilePath "shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge"

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