Step 4: Verifying Personal Virtual Desktop Functionality

Updated: July 20, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To verify the functionality of the personal virtual desktop deployment, you will log on as Morgan Skinner and connect to the personal virtual desktop by using Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access).

To connect to the personal virtual desktop

  1. Log on to CONTOSO-CLNT as Morgan Skinner (CONTOSO\mskinner).

  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Internet Explorer.

  3. In the Address bar, type and then press ENTER.

  4. Click Continue to this website (not recommended).


This guide uses a self-signed certificate for the RD Web Access server. Self-signed certificates are not recommended in a production environment. You should use a certificate that is trusted from a certification provider when deploying RD Web Access in a production environment.

  1. In the Domain\user name box, type CONTOSO\mskinner.

  2. In the Password box, type the password that you specified for Morgan Skinner, and then click Sign in.


In you receive a prompt asking you to install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Web Access Control, click Run Add-on, and then click Run.

  1. Click My Desktop, and then click Connect.

  2. When prompted, enter the credentials for Morgan Skinner, and then click OK.

You have successfully deployed and demonstrated the functionality of a personal virtual desktop, using the simple scenario of connecting to a personal virtual desktop by using RD Web Access. You can also use this deployment to explore some of the additional capabilities of personal virtual desktops through additional configuration and testing.

You have completed all the steps. For additional information, see Appendix A: Configuring the Virtual Machine Manually.