How can a Mac remote desktop into an Azure Virtual Machine? RRS feed

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  • I am the instructor with my students each having their own Azure account in which they created a virtual machine with Visual Studio installed. The problem is that some of the students have Macs, and can not log into these VMs (it is possible to log in from a windows machine). Dual booting would take care of the problem, but I am trying to figure out if there is a way to log in from OS x. A complication is that I don't have a mac to test anything.

    I have tried just downloading the rdp file and running it on the Mac, but an error comes up telling me that the Mac can not log into the remote windows machine. 

    I tried downloading Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the Mac App store (version 8.0.9), but I could not get that to run either.  

    How can the Mac get access to the VM?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:09 PM


  • Hi,

    You got it right when you tried using the official Microsoft App: Microsoft Remote Desktop (ver 8.0.9):


    When you were not able to run/use that either, would like to the error in specific for me to assist further on it.

    You may try referring to below article for step-by-step assistance:


    On the same web-link, you have guides for both Mac and iOS, followed by FAQs (on the left-side column).

    If you use the RDP client to connect the Virtual Machine, you could need to type DNS name\user name: public port number of RemoteDesktop and password.

    Also, you may consider 3rd party app like CoRD:




    • Edited by Arvind S. Iyer Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:38 AM .
    • Marked as answer by Susie Long Tuesday, September 9, 2014 4:06 PM
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:26 AM