Hi johnsteed -
Thank you for the feedback. In the interim, one option you have is to provide your users a desktop/start menu shortcut that uses the AppStream 2.0 custom client handler with the URL value. When the user uses this shortcut to launch the application, provided the encoded URL is allowed, the native client will automatically start connecting.
You can learn more about the capability here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/appstream2/latest/developerguide/redirect-streaming-session-from-web-to-client.html. While the documentation calls out streaming URL, you can use the same URL that's in the registry key that you have created. Note that this URL needs to be base64 encoded, and include the HTTPS part.
For example, you can create a desktop shortcut that executes:
amazonappstream:aHR0cHM6Ly9lbmFibGVkLXVybA==. Provided the unencoded URL is allowed by the AppStream 2.0 client (either via start URL, trusted domains, or DNS lookup), the client will start connecting on launch.
(If you want the shortcut to have the AppStream 2.0 icon itself, you can find it on the native client exe: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\AppStreamClient\appstreamclient.exe)
Hope this helps.
Thank you. I've confirmed that it works as expected. If I hit "Disconnect" or "End Session", the Appstream client it goes back to the URL/connect screen. It might be less confusing for users if the Appstream client closes instead, at least if the starturl is defined in HKLM.
Hi johnsteed -
I've logged that as a feedback item, as well.
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