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Hi,

What is the current official support for Teams in a VDI environment i.e. Horizon, Citrix..

 

Also what is current support standpoint for persistent and non-persistent desktops?

 

Thanks

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Hi,

Currently there is no support but Microsoft is working on that, confirmed both in the AMA and Uservoice. 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-AMA/VDI-Support-in-Teams-Citrix-and-Horizon-l...

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/18882088-non-persistent-vdi

 

This should solve the non-persistent installation but I also hope that the do a VDI plug-in as for Skype for Business were you can breakout the media traffic from the VDI and let it go directly between the client and Skype servers.

 

/Linus Cansby

 

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Hi,

Currently there is no support but Microsoft is working on that, confirmed both in the AMA and Uservoice. 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-AMA/VDI-Support-in-Teams-Citrix-and-Horizon-l...

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/18882088-non-persistent-vdi

 

This should solve the non-persistent installation but I also hope that the do a VDI plug-in as for Skype for Business were you can breakout the media traffic from the VDI and let it go directly between the client and Skype servers.

 

/Linus Cansby

 

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Bit of an update. Microsoft just released an installer option to install into program files

 

https://tomtalks.blog/2019/04/microsoft-teams-collab-and-chat-vdi-vdi-support-install-into-program-f...

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So this is only for non-persistent configurations, so if you are running a shared VDI configuration, like Citrix Presentation Server (maybe a never name now) whit won't work.

 

Shared session host type deployments: Shared session host type deployments (for example, shared non-persistent VM configuration) aren't in scope.

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@Linus Cansby  Below is a statement from Citrix so looks like their latest version of CWA now can work with most modalities....However from other readings it is unclear if they are awaiting an update from Microsoft for all the listed features to work.

  • Citrix Workspace app 1905 supports Audio and Video redirection (peer-to-peer or conference) and incoming screen sharing. Outgoing screen sharing is not supported with Citrix Workspace app 1905 for Windows. Versions 1907 and later support outgoing screen shari

Ref:

https://docs.citrix.com/en-us/citrix-workspace-app-for-windows/about.html

 

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We are often being reminded by tenants of our private DaaS platform that they would also like to start using Teams within their shared session host environment.

With news of Skype for Business no longer being supported in the coming years, I would hope Microsoft have a plan for making Teams supportable on non-persistent shared session host setups.

 

Is there any chance someone in the knowledge could shed light on whether this is ever going to be in scope?

It would be nice to start being able to provide constructive answers to our customers on this matter.

Hi,

 

I'm following up on this to see if anyone has further information on the status of Teams support in a VDI environment. Last thing I read was that it's possible to install it, but that audio/video is not supported. This seems a bit like was the case with SfB back in the day when they eventually released a HDX pack for Citrix.


It's possible to use the webapp though with the HDX pack, but this keeps me hanging as I need the teams application to have the Outlook meeting add-in. So the real question is if anyone is aware how to use the outlook teams add-in in a VDI environment so we can migrate away from SfB.

(https://tomtalks.blog/2018/07/citrix-plan-hdx-realtime-optimization-pack-for-microsoft-teams-providi...)

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Hi team!

Several month passed after last conversation. Is anybody moved up with this question? Maybe somebody test it in real thread?

I have link from my colleges for VMWare Horizon. They commits for small size of picture and says, that we must use native VMWare drivers for that https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.9/horizon-remote-desktop-features/GUID-E64B3E85-BA1E-4...

maybe somebody had tested this?

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@Patrick Yore 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/teams-for-vdi

Non-persistent setup

In a non-persistent setup, users' local operating system changes are not retained after users log off. Such setups are commonly shared multi-user sessions. VM configuration varies based on the number of users and available physical box resources.

For a non-persistent setup, the Teams desktop app must be installed per-machine to the golden image. (To learn more, see the Install the Teams desktop app on VDI section). This ensures an efficient launch of the Teams app during a user session. Using Teams with a non-persistent setup also requires a profile caching manager for efficient Teams runtime data sync. This ensures that the appropriate user-specific information (for example, user data, profile, and settings) are cached during the user session. There are variety of caching manager solutions available. For example, FSLogix. Consult your caching manager provider for specific configuration instructions.

Teams cached content exclusion list for non-persistent setup

Exclude the following from the Teams caching folder, %appdata%/Microsoft/Teams. Excluding these help reduce the user caching size to further optimize your non-persistent setup.

  • .txt files
  • Media-stack folder
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