How to create a remote app shortcut (Server 2012)

 In Windows Server 2012 MSI can no longer be generated.  Microsoft beleives that RD Web Access is the future and has steered us away from the flexibility of using an MSI to install a remote app.

The new remote app system can be deployed via GPO but only currently works with windows 8, which makes it useless for most corporate environments.

The final option Microsoft provides us with is the ability to put in the RD Web Access URL via an option in control panel and it'll create the remote app shortcuts for us on our start menu.

Below are the steps required to achieve this...

Original Article By Microsoft...

RemoteApp and Desktop Connections works with a new feature of Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access)--the RemoteApp and Desktop Connection feed. Instead of presenting RemoteApp programs in the form of a web page, this feed presents them in a software-parsable XML document.

With RemoteApp and Desktop Connections, the user subscribes to a feed of RemoteApp programs by supplying the client software with its URL. After the user has subscribed to the feed (that is, created a “connection”), his work is done. From then on, the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections client software will make sure that the resources in this connection are placed in the user’s Start menu.

The RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feature offers several benefits:

  • RemoteApp programs launch from the Start menu just like any other application.
  • Published Remote Desktop connections are included alongside RemoteApp programs on the Start menu.
  • Changes to the published connection (such as newly published RemoteApp programs) are automatically reflected on the user’s Start menu, without any effort on the user’s part.
  • RemoteApp programs can be easily launched with Windows Search.
  • Users only have to log on once, to create the connection. From that point on, updates happen with no prompt for user credentials.
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections does not require domain membership for client computers.
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections benefits from new features in Windows Server 2008 R2, such as Personal Desktop assignment or per-user application filtering.

Getting started

Setting up a new connection is simple. Just follow these steps:

1. Open RemoteApp and Desktop Connections in Control Panel, either by opening Control Panel, or by using Windows Search.


2. Click Set up a new connection with RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. This will start the new connection wizard.


3. Enter the URL of the connection. This URL will generally be of the form:

https://<servername>/rdweb/feed/webfeed.aspx  (In our case


Here, “STA-INERVA” is the host name of the RD Web Access server. The wizard should look like this:


Note: RemoteApp and Desktop Connections uses HTTPS to connect to the server. In order to connect properly, the client operating system must trust the SSL certificate of the RD Web Access server. Also, the server name in the URL must match the one in the server’s SSL certificate.

4. Click Next.


5. Click Next. The RemoteApp and Desktop Connections client software will now contact the RD Web Access server to set up the connection. You will be prompted to authenticate to the web server.


6. Enter your credentials. Now the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections client software will finish setting up the connection.


In a moment, the process will complete, and you will see a wizard page that summarizes the results.


7. Click Finish.

Now the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections Control Panel will show your newly created connection:


You can return to this summary page anytime you need to manage your connections.

The Start menu will now contain the RemoteApp programs from the new connection:


You can also access these programs by using Windows Search: