Web access for Azure VMs with Thinfinity Remote Desktop

How to access Azure VMs through a Browser with Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server

Access Azure VMsWe know how much you value remote access to your resources, especially if this access is available securely from any location, and without the need for any software installation on the client device, regardless of the device type. This is how we conceived the Thinfinity Remote Desktop product line: to provide seamless web access for the widest range of scenarios.

Need to connect to Azure VMs from Windows, Mac or Linux?

You should install Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server on any Windows computer. This computer will act as a “server”, while any browser will be the “client” that allows the access to the VMs.

You can check these tutorials first:

Guide to install the Server
Guide to publish a Desktop
How to publish a single application instead of a Desktop

Guide to access Azure VMs through RDP with Thinfinity

Thinfinity Remote Desktop will listen on port 8443 by default but you can change it to any available port. To verify this, open Thinfinity Remote Desktop Gateway manager:

Use ThinRDP / Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server to access Azure

With this information, we can now go to Azure’s portal and open the port for Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server.
Go to the ‘Networking’ tab of your VM:

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Create a new Inbound security rule and add the port you’ve configured on Thinfinity Remote Desktop Gateway, in this case, ‘8443’:

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Last but not least, make sure port 8443 is also open on the Windows Firewall in the VM. You can add an inbound rule to be sure. In order to do so:

1. Run “wf.msc” to open Windows Firewall:

2. Create a new inbound rule:
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3. Select Port and hit “Next”.
4. Make sure “TPC” is selected and add the specific port. If you have the default port configured in Thinfinity VirtualUI Server Manager just enter “8443” and hit “Next”.
5. Select “Allow all connections” and press “Next”.
6. Ensure “Public” is checked and press “Next”.
7. Add a name and description and press “Next.

Finally, you should be able to reach and run your Windows application over the internet from any browser!

More articles about Azure solutions:
– Learn how to access Azure VMs With the Thinfinity Remote Desktop Workstation edition.
– Learn how to host your Desktop application on Azure with Thinfinity VirtualUI.

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