HTML5 client for Microsoft Remote Desktop Service

Windows Server 2019

“Finally an HTML5 client for Windows RDS farms”


In this tutorial, I explain how to set up the HTML 5 client interface to connect to the RDS farm on Windows.

Until now to connect to Remote Desktop or RemoteApp, it was necessary to have a heavy RDP client.

To connect without a client, it was necessary to implement alternatives such as Citrix Netscaler / StoreFront, Sophos XG …

Since March 2018, Microsoft has previewed an HTML5 client that installs on the server with the RD Web Access role, which allows you to connect to desktops and applications without the need for a heavy client.


  • Servers with Remote Desktop, Service Broker, and Remote Desktop Gateway Web Access roles must be running Windows Server 2016/2019.
  • The update must be installed on the Remote Desktop Gateway server.
  • Broker / Gateway / Web Access certificates should not be self-signed. (They can come from a private Authority)
  • The license mode must be per user.

Installation HTML5 client

The installation is to be done on the server having the role of Web Access.

Open a PowerShell window and enter the following command to install PowerShellGet.

Install-Module –Name PowerShellGet –Force

Confirm the installation by entering Y.

confirmation installation

lose and reopen the PowerShell command prompt.

Enter the following command to install Remote Desktop Web Client Management:

Install-Module -Name RDWebClientManagement


Client HTML5 : valider l'installation

Accept the license.

Accepter le contrat de licence

Enter the following command to install Remote Desktop Web Client:


Import the broker server certificate:

Import-RDWebClientBrokerCert Chermin\du\certicat\fichier.cer

Publish the RDWC HTML 5 client:

Publish-RDWebClientPackage -Type Production -Latest

Now that the client is installed and configured on the server, we will see how to use it.

Use HTML5 client

Open an internet browser and enter the URL (to adapt): https: //fqdn.rds-web-access/RDWeb/WebClient

Enter valid identifiers.

Connexion au client HTML5

If no application is deployed in the collection, a link is displayed to connect to desktop 1, click on it.

Connexion au bureau

Validate access to local resources by clicking Allow 1.

Valider l'acces aux ressources

Wait while connecting …

Conneion en cours...

The session is open without a heavy client.

Bureau à travers le client HTML5

If applications are published, click on the application to open 1.

RemoteApp HTML5

Once the connection is established, use the program.

Wordpad en HTML5

It is possible to launch several programs, navigation is done using the navigation bar at the top of page 1.

Lancer plusieurs applications

With this HTML5 client, Microsoft is catching up with Citrix and now allows access to the IS with only an internet browser.

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