Azure RemoteApp collections
There are two kinds of RemoteApp collections:
A cloud collection is hosted in and stores data for programs in the cloud. Users can access apps by logging in with their MortgageWorkSpace account or corporate credentials synchronized or federated with Active Directory.
Choose a cloud collection when the application you want to share does not require a connection to any resource your company's private network (for example, through a VPN device). If the application uses resources on the Internet, OneDrive, or Azure, a cloud collection will work for you. It's also the quickest to create.
A hybrid collection is hosted in and stores data in the Azure cloud but also lets users access data and resources stored on your local network. Users can access apps by logging in with their corporate credentials synchronized or federated with Active Directory.
Choose a hybrid collection if you require a connection to resources on your company's private network. For example, if the application needs access to one of the following:
- File servers located on your intranet
- Databases behind a firewall
This is generally more useful for large companies with lots of resources on their private networks that can't be moved to the cloud.
The different collections have different options, including networks, so figure out which collection works best for you.
Updating your collection
One of the key differences between the hybrid and cloud collections is how software updates are handled. With a cloud collection that uses the preinstalled Office 365 ProPlus or Office 2013 image, you do not have to worry about any updates. The service maintains itself and rolls out updates on an ongoing basis, to both apps and the operating system.
For hybrid collections, as well as cloud collections that use a custom template image, you are in charge of maintaining the image and apps. For domain-joined images, you can control updates by using tools such as Windows Update, Group Policy, or System Center.
After you update your custom template image, you upload the new image to the Azure cloud and then update the collection to use the new image.
Supported RemoteApp clients
MWS RemoteApp is supported on the RemoteApp client apps for Windows and Windows RT, as well as the Microsoft Remote Desktop apps for Mac, iOS and Android. Your users can use these apps on their mobile or compute devices to access the new Azure RemoteApp programs.