Microsoft Rdp Client For Chromebook

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I'm looking at utilising ChromeBooks (and other ChromeOS devices) as thinclients for a Microsoft RDS deployment. Does anyone have a good RDP client on chromeOS? It will need to be one that can handle RDP files and/or utilising a RDS Gateway to proxy connections through. The use of Microsoft. Microsoft announced in July that the next-generation of Remote Desktop web client is now available, moving to a pure HTML 5 client. What was exciting to read was specific support for Chrome OS. At the time, other devices had to use Microsoft Silverlight to play videos from Netflix. Later in that same month, Citrix released a client application for Chrome OS, allowing Chromebooks to access Windows applications and desktops remotely. For typical Windows, macOS, or Linux computers, we’d generally recommend Windows Remote Desktop, a VNC client or something like with a Chromebook, you are limited to what you can.

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Microsoft RDP app for Chrome OS Issue description: Currently Microsoft RDP is available for IOS, Mac, Android. This is one important app which will be of great use, I need to login to many Windows Servers using RDP, If this is available in Chrome OS similar to CITRIX it will of great help.

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Hello, I am cedrozor the author of Myrtille, a project that started in 2007 as a challenge for fun with former work colleagues, on our spare time. The goal was to provide a native web access, for a simplified user experience, to remote servers and applications. We wanted legacy desktop applications to be as easy to use as a website, accessible from a single URL, making them literally “web apps”.

It was originally the idea of UltraSam, the author of UltraVNC (another well known open source project), who was before that my project manager in a teleconferencing company based in France. But instead of the VNC protocol, we focused more on RDP because the rest of the team (including me) was more into .NET/C# development and we wanted something new in the Windows environment. That said, Myrtille relies on an abstraction layer and could easily integrate VNC or any other protocol (as it was done with SSH).

We started with RDesktop, but moved quickly to FreeRDP when it was released! :)

I have tried to keep the Myrtille footprint into FreeRDP as minimal as possible. Myrtille communicates with FreeRDP through named pipes (IPC), in order to maintain a FIFO data transfer. User inputs (keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, etc.) are captured by the browser (using javascript) and forwarded through the RDP session, while display updates (regions of the screen that have changed) are compressed into PNG, JPEG or WEBP images and sent to the browser (using websocket, server-sent events (HTML5) or even long-polling (HTML4)).

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Because FreeRDP is a big project, I wanted an easy way to track the Myrtille code within it (whenever I couldn’t have it into separate files). Thus, all the Myrtille code is surrounded by “#pragma region Myrtille” and “#pragma endregion” tags. This is very handy when I need to resynchronize the Myrtille fork of FreeRDP with the FreeRDP repository! Because, of course, I want Myrtille to benefit from the latest features, optimizations and bug fixes from FreeRDP! :) in this process, I may also find and fix bugs in FreeRDP, then inform the FreeRDP team.

In an earlier version (0.9.x), The Windows FreeRDP client (wfreerdp) was written in C++. It’s possible to mix C and C++ code in a single project, so I was able to keep most of the code I wrote years ago and benefit from some C++ improvements over C (OOP, GDI+ image processing, etc.).

I also wanted to have a clean separation of concern between Myrtille and FreeRDP, so each RDP connection spawns a FreeRDP process. This makes it easier to track all active connections and if necessary disconnect one by killing its process.

From the start we decided that we didn’t want any plugin, extension or whatsoever in the browser. It would be a pure HTML/JS/CSS implementation. We also wanted to avoid javascript libraries whenever possible (and reasonable), to avoid useless (and countless) dependencies and keep the code low profiled. For simple tasks (and Myrtille doesn’t require/do anything fancy), I think it’s fine (and even good) to simply use vanilla javascript. Javascript is a powerful language, constantly evolving, and I have fun learning and harnessing it. I’m also a minimalist person who loves to get its hands dirty in the engine to see how things work on a lower level! :p

It was even more difficult back in time (2007), because websockets and canvas (HTML5) weren’t available. We had to rely on XmlHttp requests, long polling and divs (HTML 4), with of course different implementations in different browsers (no typescript back then). IE was still widely used at this time, so we wanted our PoC to run on the first version that supported XmlHttp, namely IE6 (to add even more difficulty!).

That said, that was before SignalR was available to abstract and simplify network communication (automatic and transparent switching of protocols in case one of them is not available or fails). If Myrtille were to start today, I would of course make use of it (in addition to a few other libraries). Another thing I would do would be to use .NET core and the latest new stuff, in order to take Myrtille forward in the future and also have it on multiple platforms (using xfreerdp on Linux, for example). This is planned in fact, and I could use some help for it (any contribution is welcome!). Another option would be to have a commercial version of Myrtille, with a paid license to support these developments (because it’s a lot of work and I now have to earn a living, as an independent developer).

Among the upcoming features, file transfer is the next improvement goal. Microphone support is also planned. Maybe also smart cards after that. A separation of the Myrtille gateway and services is also planned, for an easier configuration of the gateway into a DMZ, and further enhance the security (the installer will allow to select the module to be installed; currently this must be done manually). Still about security, I would like to offer another 2FA out of the box (probably Google Authenticator).

Regarding the user interface, I think Myrtille also needs a little visual rework. The login page, the toolbar will be redesigned with better flat styles, colors and icons.

About deployment and integration (and devops by extension), I would like also to bring more cloud support to Myrtille; Azure obviously, because of its integration within the Microsoft/Windows ecosystem, but not only (Amazon, Google, etc.). Myrtille already have a Docker image, but there are some limitations regarding print and audio. I will also look into that.

Responsiveness is the key to a good user experience. I tried hard to chase for every millisecond I could save in the roundtrip workflow. That’s also why I wanted a lightweight javascript code from the start. The Myrtille gateway is also just that, a link between the browser and FreeRDP, maintaining the correlation between the http and rdp sessions, receiving/forwarding data from/to both sides.

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Whenever possible, I try to parallelize the processing. The user inputs and display updates, for example, are asynchronous. You can have a display change resulting from a user action, or not. What is important however, is to maintain the order in which they occur. I decided to use named pipes between the gateway and FreeRDP, because they are FIFO queues and maintain such an order. XmlHttp requests and websocket messages are also delivered in order, and so are long polling DOM injections and server-sent events (SSE).

A path for improvement would be to use hardware accelerated graphics and take advantage of the H.264/AVC encoding supported by FreeRDP. Myrtille actually relies on images (PNG/JPEG/WEBP), generated by GDI+ (win32 API, software), but this could be replaced by a video stream (MP4/OGG/WEBM, etc.), generated by FreeRDP (against hardware, or software when using a VM), and pushed from the gateway to the browser into an HTML5 <video> tag or handled by a modern web API (MediaSource, WebRTC, etc.).

Many thanks to the FreeRDP team for this wonderful project! It is not an easy task when working with such a complex protocol and with so many changes over the years.

If you want to know more about Myrtille and its offered services (support, training, etc.), watch demo/tutorial videos or get in touch, you can consult our website.


Are Chromebooks and Windows finally playing nice together? Can end users celebrate a renaissance of compatibility and the freedom to deploy the laptop of their choosing? Well, maybe. If you do it right with the IT.

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It feels just like the early ‘90s when Apple and Windows PCs worked side by side in the enterprise for the first time. “When it comes to supporting enterprise networks, heterogeneity has become a fact of life,” David Strom wrote in a 1993 edition of Computerworld. “The days of a single operating system per corporation are firmly in the past.”

Intrigued, I called Strom for his take on Chrome OS in the workplace today. “The names have changed but the problem is the same,” he tells me, a little astonished that I unearthed his 25-year old article. “The PC is personal, even if the company paid for it,” Strom says, a truth learned from 30+ years around corporate IT.

As he penned in 1993, companies have “politics and religious zealots” for certain OS or hardware brands; various departments deploy different technology while “administrators are left trying to stitch things together,” which sounds about right in the modern age of BYOD.

It was even trickier in the ‘90s before TCP/IP standardized the way computers talk over a network. Strom remembers those bad old days: “Connectivity is resolved, thankfully, but there are more form factors and device complexity today; something as simple as copy-pasting from one device to another is a four or five step process.”

At least there are no Token Ring LAN keys to deal with any more.

The PC is personal, so IT has to deal with Chromebooks

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The fact of the matter is that Chromebooks are hot right now and IT has to deal with it. They’re outselling Apple in a way that Hyundai outsells BMW. Gartner says Chromebook shipments will grow 18% this year, and set to post double digit growth until 2019.

Chromebooks are not being used as Windows PC replacements, as noted a recent PCWorld article, but the writer mistakes that this was Google’s objective for the device. “We knew we didn’t have leadership in the laptop market,” says Alex Kattar, a former Chrome OS corporate trainer. “That’s not what the Chromebook was designed to do.”

Chromebooks were originally imagined for business travelers

Kattar explains the Chromebook concept came about as a lightweight laptop for business travel. It is capable enough for cloud-based productivity apps, but if lost or stolen, did not cost a lot of money to replace. Moreover, the lack of a hard drive meant you did not lose a bunch of sensitive data with the laptop.

A business traveler would leave a more powerful Windows PC or MacBook at the office and use a Chromebook to access their data—by cloud or remote desktop—as needed from the road.

The original Chrome app suite, basically a cross-compatible Microsoft Office-lite, was good enough for 90% of users’ needs. This made Chromebook a worthy computing tool with a low overhead. Schools were first to notice; many rolled out all-Chrome infrastructures that were simple and inexpensive to manage. Chrome devices now own a huge chunk of that market.

There is more inertia in the business community; nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft (Apple if you’re a creative) but that is starting to shift. Chromebooks are starting to show up at work. OEMs are making great new Chromebooks for business users specifically. See more: 7 Chromebook Myths Debunked [Infographic]

Android apps galore—and dual boot

New Chromebooks can now run Android apps. You can even run some Windows apps on a Chromebook, and boot up Windows 10 (for novelty, I guess?) without a virtual desktop. Linux distros tend to work well on a Chromebook if you want an alternative OS.

Tools for managing Chromebooks on a Microsoft Domain

True to concept, Chrome apps give Chromebooks manageability features in a Windows Domain. Are they perfect? You will read complaints on discussion boards. People complain about everything on discussion boards, keep that in mind.

Here’s a rundown of tools at your disposal for mixing Chromebooks into a Windows environment. BONUS: I included a couple of Linux tools here since we’re embracing OS agnosticism.

Remote Desktop for Chrome

Chrome RDP is the de facto standard for using a Chrome browser to connect with a Windows Professional, Ultimate, or Server machine. It uses Microsoft’s RDP protocol and supports SSL.

MS RDP for Android can run on newer Chromebooks and it is made by Microsoft. It has Azure RemoteApp support.

For Linux servers, Apache Guacamole is a clientless HTML5 remote desktop gateway—no plugins or extra software needed. Install it on a server and access your desktop from a Chrome browser. Free and open source; the only drawback is you need to go third party for support.

Citrix Receiver for Chrome delivers Windows desktop virtualization (VDI) to Chromebooks, essentially making them thin client computers. It provides secure access to desktops and Windows applications in a Chrome browser.

Connect to Active Directory with Chrome

Newer Chromebooks provide direct integration into AD using Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS). Get started by finding ADCS in the Google Admin console of the Chromebook. Go to Device Management > Chrome Management > App Management. In the Find or Update Apps, type in this extension ID: fhndealchbngfhdoncgcokameljahhog. (Here’s the Google Documentation in case of updates) Chrome OS supports single sign-on so users can use the same logon as their Windows machine back at the office.

Chromebooks and VPN

This is probably what IT complains about the most for Chromebooks. Go with vendor-specific Chrome applications that match the company’s network assets, that’s the smartest move—there are Chrome apps for VPN by Pulse Secure, SonicWALL Mobile Connect, Cisco AnyConnect, F5 Access (SDNs), GlobalProtect (Palo Alto Networks) and others.

Chrome-based sysadmin tools

Beagle Term is a Java app for Chrome, a USB-to serial terminal emulator for exploring a device with a RS232 interface. Handy for consoling into networking equipment.

Secure Shell is a standalone SSH client for Chrome. It hooks up a Chromebook to the command line of another machine without external proxies. Some administrators use it for VPN by port forwarding a SSH session to their RDP server.

What are some other good ones? Let me know in the comments.

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Final Thoughts

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Embrace OS agnosticism. It is the historical tradition of good IT, and the direction of the future. But wait. Wouldn’t it just be easier to issue inexpensive Windows laptops that have similar price points? Probably, yes, for IT. If Chromebooks are what make users feel more productive, empower them by supporting Chromebooks on a Windows domain like a boss.