To make a program available remotely to users through RemoteApp Manager, you must add the program to the RemoteApp Programs list.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Session Host server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To add a program to the RemoteApp Programs list
  1. On the RD Session Host server, open RemoteApp Manager. To open RemoteApp Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click RemoteApp Manager.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Add RemoteApp Programs.

  3. On the Welcome to the RemoteApp Wizard page, click Next.

  4. On the Choose programs to add to the RemoteApp Programs list page, select the check box next to each program that you want to add to the list of RemoteApp programs. You can select multiple programs.


    The programs that are shown on the Choose programs to add to the RemoteApp Programs list page are the programs that are found on the All Users Start menu on the RD Session Host server. If the program that you want to add to the RemoteApp Programs list is not in the list, click Browse, and then specify the location of the program's .exe file.

  5. To configure the properties for a RemoteApp program, right-click the program name, and then click Properties. You can configure the following:

    • The program name that will appear to users. To change the name, type a new name in the RemoteApp program name box.

    • The path of the program executable file. To change the path, type the new path in the Location box, or click Browse to locate the .exe file.


      You can use system environment variables in the path name. For example, you can substitute %windir% for the explicit path of the Windows folder (such as C:\Windows). You cannot use per user environment variables.

    • The alias for the RemoteApp program. The alias is a unique identifier for the program that defaults to the program's file name (without the extension). We recommend that you do not change this name.

    • Whether the program is available through RD Web Access. By default, the RemoteApp program is available through RD Web Access setting is enabled. To change the setting, select or clear the check box.

    • Whether command-line arguments are allowed, not allowed, or whether to always use the same command-line arguments.

    • The program icon that will be used. To change the icon, click Change Icon.

    • The domain users and domain groups that can see the icon for the program when the program is made available through RD Web Access. To specify the domain users and domain groups, click the User Assignment tab. For more information, see Assign Domain Users and Domain Groups to a RemoteApp Program.

  6. When you are finished configuring program properties, click OK, and then click Next.

  7. On the Review Settings page, review the settings, and then click Finish.

    The programs that you selected should appear in the RemoteApp Programs list.

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