Publish Dynamics AX client as RemoteApp on Remote Desktop Services

It is a normal practice to give users access to Dynamics AX either by installing the AX client on their computer or providing Remote Desktop so that they can connect to the computer which already has AX client installed.

We can provide more robust and rich experience to users that will give them the feel of a local application and ease of remote desktop by publishing AX client to RemoteApp server. It is same as using remote desktop services to connect to a desktop but instead of the desktop user will connect to the AX client only, giving him the experience as if it is locally installed on the user’s machine.

Once AX client is published to RemoteApp server, user can access the client using the RDP connection via Remote Desktop Web Access portal or via a MSI file to install an AX icon on the desktop that will have a connection to access RemoteApp.


Add AX Client to RemoteApp Manager:

  1. Go to Start> Administrative Tools> Remote Desktop Services and open the RemoteApp Manager.
  2. Add AX client to the RemoteApp, click “Add RemoteApp Programs” on right to see list of programs that can be added. You can browse to the program location if it is not displayed in the list.
    Note: You can also create AX client shortcuts for different configuration files and can browse to add them in.
    Your AX client shortcut’s target property might look like this “C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Dynamics AX60ClientBinAx32.exe” “D:ax configstesttest-var.axc”
  3. By default all the authenticated domain users will have access to AX client. You can restrict the access to specific domain user(s) or domain group(s) if you want. To do this, you can click on the Properties... button while AX client is still selected in the list.

    Once done, click Next and Finish on the wizard.

  4. Now you can create a windows installer package and pass it to users.

    Once they install, it will give them an AX client connection shortcut with AX icon that they can use to open AX RDP connection and it will look like running AX locally.

    Or you can also publish it to Remote Desktop Web Access Portal.

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Rahul Sharma
Rahul is a technology enthusiast, solutions architect, trainer, and blogger, working on various Microsoft and open source solutions with more than 18 years of industry experience. He specially takes interest in designing enterprise applications, cloud integrations, IoT, and other architecture rich business solutions.

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