Publish Remote Desktop Session in a Remote App Session Collection

Remote Desktop Services 2012 allows you to publish two types of Session collection on a Remote Desktop Session Host. This can be either a Remote Desktop Session Collection or a Remote App Session Collection. By default you cannot have both types on the Same Session Host. In this post I am going to show you how to configure the Session Host to show both types in the same Session Collection by making a change to the registry.

You can also create a shortcut using MSTSC which is shown in the following article (Click Here) Please see the section on Adding Remote Desktop Session to a Remote App Session Collection.

Remote Desktop/App Session Collection on a Single RDSH Server

This Lab has been built using Server 2012 R2, but the following actions can be completed on Server 2012 with the same outcomes.

By default a Remote App Session Collection looks like this :


As you can see from the image shown above, Only Remote Apps are shown.

To show the Remote Desktop Session Collection you will need to make a change to the Registry.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\CentralPublishedResources\PublishedFarms\<collection>\RemoteDesktops\<collection>


To show the Desktop Session Icon, Change the value (ShowInPortal) to 1 from 0.

You can also rename the Desktop Session Icon name to something more to your liking. To do this, change the value (Name).


There you have it, a Remote Desktop Session Published in a Remote App Session Collection.


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