Thursday, August 8, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop: users to customize display settings and new client install types!

The latest version of the Windows Virtual Desktop Client (1.2.241) for Windows comes with a couple of great new features!

Upon installation you can now decide if you want to do a per-user of per-device installation! Which means the WVD Client can now also be installed by a user without local admin privileges.

Users are now able to customize the display settings they want from within the client! This includes settings related to multiple monitors, dynamic resolution and setting a specific resolution. These settings are stored on a per Published Desktop level, so you can also configure different settings for various published desktops you might have.

Also, since these settings are stored in the local registry it allows users to configure different settings on different devices they might own. The settings are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\RdClientRadc\Feeds

You might know that the display settings, including various other .RDP properties, can also be configured on a per HostPool level by a Windows Virtual Desktop admin. For example, the command to disable multi-mon is:

Set-RdsHostPool -TenantName $tenantname -HostPoolName $hostpoolname -CustomRdpProperty "use multimon:i:0"

If display settings are configured on both a HostPool level by an admin as well as User Specified, the User Specified settings supersede the HostPool settings. In case both are not in place, the client default properties will be used.

Version 1.2.241 of the Windows Virtual Desktop Client is expected to become available to all users on August 13.

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