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Microsoft Azure RemoteApp Part 3: using a Custom Microsoft Azure RemoteApp (ARA) template

Part 1 of this Microsoft Azure RemoteApp-blogs covered what ara is, how it is used and how a Microsoft Azure RemoteApp is being configured, published and started and how RemotApps are being made available on a device using one of the two templates that Microsoft provides.

Part 2 covered how a Custom template is being created and how it is being published.

Part 3 of the blog series will show how the custom template that was made in part 2 is used on Azure and how the RemoteApps can be published.

Please beware that Microsoft Azure PowerShell is installed on the machine that uploads the custom template.

First of all, a Microsoft-account with permissions to log into http://portal.azure.com needs to log in.

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Then ‘Azure Portal’ needs to be clicked.

 

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‘All Items’ shows there is a standard domain, standard map and standard appcollection present. Scroll down to ‘RemoteApp’ on the left side of the screen.

 

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Select on the right side of the screen ‘Template Images’.

 

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A message box appears stating that there are no (custom) Template Images available. Click ‘Upload a template image’ to upload the custom template that was created during part 2 of this blog series.

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Provide a Template name and select the location where this custom template needs to be stored and click the arrow on the right side of this message box.

 

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A message appears stating that a PowerShell file called ‘Upload-AzureRemoteAppTemplateImage.ps1’ can be downloaded. Save this file to the desktop and copy the command line from the ‘Command to run’ field to the clipboard.

Run the Windows Azure Command Prompt as administrator and paste the Command to run line in it.

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A Windows Explorer pops up and asks which virtual hard disk needs to be uploaded to Azure.

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Browse to the in part made, sysprepped vhd file and click ‘Open’.

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Uploading is a two step process: calculating the MD5-hash of the vhd file and uploading the custom template. Uploading could take some time, depending on what bandwith is available.

 

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Click ‘Publish’.

Select ‘Publish Start menu programs’. In this way on the RDSH server installed applications can be published.

 

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VLC Media Player is selected and confirm your choice.

 

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VLC Media Player has been successfully published.

 

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Again ‘Publish’ is clicked, but now ‘Publish programs using path’ is chosen.

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Nine portable apps as shown in the image above are added using the path. Confirm the publishing of the apps.

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As can be seen, all the applications that have been published appear in one list. In the list of the custom application collection.

End of part 3!

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