Dell Wyse ThinOS 9.1 & Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Support

The Dell Wyse team has recently launched support for Windows Virtual Desktop(WVD) on Dell Wyse ThinOS 9.1. This is big news as it allows us to use a non-Windows thin client endpoint to connect to your WVD environment! Microsoft posted a quick announcement about this as well here.

I’ve covered some details about the configuration below and you can access the official documentation here;

  1. ThinOS 9.1 & WVD product summary noted here
  2. ThinOS 9.1 administrators guide here, release notes here, & 8.6 to 9.1 migration guide here
  3. Note – If you are still on ThinOS 8.6 you can learn how to upgrade to 9.x here

The configuration for ThinOS & WVD is pretty straightforward with the only configuration needed is a Wyse Management Suite (WMS) policy to specify Windows Virtual Desktop under the broker setting which is shown below.

Note – by default, the WVD client package is pre-installed on 9.1 but incase it’s not or you’re looking for latest you can get from support.dell.com under drivers for your model, for example 5070, search for ‘wvd’.

    1. In WMS, edit your ThinOS 9 policy and browse to ‘Advanced –> Broker Settings –> Windows Virtual Desktop Settings’ as shown below
    2. Under the following section you just need to choose the appropriate WVD deployment model you are using. You will chose either the latest WVD ARM (Azure Resource Manager) based deployment model or the ‘classic’ WVD non ARM based deployment. In my testing, I am using the Azure portal ARM based deployment so I selected the (ARMv2) option. When you are done, click ‘Save & Publish’.
    3. Once the updated WMS policy is received by your device, you should see your new WVD setting reflected on your device as shown below
    4.  Once the devices reboots, you should be prompted with the Microsoft Azure AD login screen as shown below 5. At this point you are ready to login into WVD and access your VMs! wmswvd1_46. In this case I have access to a Windows 10 VM!

Hope you found this helpful!

Additional Resources:

  • If you are new to ThinOS 9.1, here is a quick video overview of some of it’s features.
  • Looking for more details on ThinOS 9.1? Check out the release notes here
  • ThinOS 9.1 release notes discussing WVD setup here & 8.6 vs 9.1 feature comparison here
  • Excellent Dell Wyse community located here
  • Dell Community forums for ThinOS here

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12 thoughts on “Dell Wyse ThinOS 9.1 & Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Support

  1. Hi Chris, any idea why we need to login again with old SAM? We have no RDP passtrough.

    It ends with RDP Login : RDP Session Host login, user: something@domain.x missing credentials.

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  2. Hi Rene – are you using Active Directory Domain Services for WVD? I’ve asked a few times around this in the MS community and SSO in this case isn’t currently supported but on the roadmap from what I’ve heard. A bit more info here; https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/authentication#single-sign-on-sso

    Another lengthy thread on it here as well: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-virtual-desktop/wvd-single-sign-on-double-authentication/m-p/1163055

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  3. Hi Chris,

    Have a weird one, using 3040 upgraded successfully to 9.1.1131. Did a factory reset to clear all settings. Enabled WVD ARMv2 with direct internet access, no firewall. these are the only settings enabled, everything else is as default on 9.1.1131
    Am able to successfully enter corporate credentials and MFA prompted, but no WVD feeds are being pulled through.

    Any thoughts, will be appreciated

    MTIA

    Alex

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