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Appstream Windows Client prompts user for StartURL

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Even if StartUrl is setup in "HKLM:\Software\Amazon\AppStream Client", the Windows Appstream clients prompts the user to type the URL and hit connect even though the URL is pre-populated.

When StartUrl is setup in HKLM, the Windows Client should auto-connect instead of showing the URL and asking the user to hit connect. We're looking at replacing Citrix with Appstream and in a large scale deployment, this is too confusing for users. There should be a registry setting to disable the URL prompt completely and auto-connect users.

Our Appstream environment user SAML with AzureAD, with Active Directory Domain-joined appstream instances.

Thank you.

asked 2 years ago125 views
3 Answers
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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.

Murali

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answered 2 years ago
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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.

answered 2 years ago
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Hi johnsteed -

I've logged that as a feedback item, as well.

Thanks,
Murali

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answered 2 years ago

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