Friday, November 09, 2012 9:34 PM
I have severs running Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services. The RD Web Access, RD Gateway, RD Licensing and RD Connection Broker are setup on a single server. The other server is running the RD Virtualization Host. The RD Virtualization Host is running a collection of 5 Windows 8 Virtual Desktops. The Virtualization Host is running the desktops with a snapshot for each. It is set so that when a user logs off, the virtual desktop is reset to the snapshot image. There is a separate User Profile Disk stored for each user to keep personal settings. I have loaded Windows Store apps (Accuweather, Lync, etc.) using an administrator account in the template. If that user logs in the Windows Store apps work correctly. If another users logs in and loads the same Windows Store app, when they log off and then log back in the tile for teh app is still there as expected. When the tile is clicked the splash screen comes up and then closes, but the application itself is not launched. So from what I have been able to find, each user would have to log in to the template and then install each Windows Store app for each of their profiles. You can see how in a business this just will not work. Can anybody assist in how we can get apps to be either distributed for each Remote Desktop in the collection and available to all users, how we can get the apps to be "sticky" inside the User Profile disk? Otherwise the Windows Store just doesn't work for virtualized environments, which is disappointing.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Monday, November 12, 2012 10:50 PM
For pre-installing the Modern "LOB apps" in the template image and make them available for all the users, you could follow these links:
How to add and Remove Apps
How to Customize the Start Screen
Unfortunately, You can not pre-install the 3rd party applications available from the Windows Store on the template image and make available to all the users. And since the windows store applications are both machine and user profile dependent, so there is no solution to make the app stick inside the user profile. To make the windows store work for different users, you will have to use the "Personal Desktop Collections" where each user gets the assigned virtual desktop.
Hope this helps,
- Marked As Answer by Clarence ZhangModerator Monday, December 03, 2012 8:24 AM