Automate Microsoft Remote Desktop with the May 2020 update to UI flows in Power Automate
UI flows in Power Automate enable anyone to use robotic process automation (RPA) to automate time-consuming manual web and desktop processes. Recently, we announced the acquisition of Softomotive to expand low-code robotic process automation capabilities even further.
In this month’s update to the UI flows installer, we are glad to announce that a new preview feature is available that makes it possible to record and play back automations on Remote Desktop sessions, without the need to install additional software on the remote computer.
Since this feature depends on remote desktop login info being passed to the UI flow from an automated flow, this release also includes a new type of input called sensitive text inputs. These inputs are similar to other text inputs, but their values will not be stored in the UI flow or logged as part of the UI flow run history.
To get started with Remote Desktop automation and sensitive text inputs, you will need the latest version of the UI flows installer and a secure key management solution such as Azure Key Vault. The below screenshots show the recommended steps to add sensitive text inputs to a UI flow, populate them from the calling automated flow using Key Vault, and turn on “Secure Inputs” in the Settings menu for the “Run a UI flow for desktop” action so that the inputs are not recorded in the run history.
We are always working to improve the automation capabilities throughout Power Automate. Please feel free to share your feedback and questions in the Power Automate Community using the “UI flows” label.
If you are new to UI flows or Power Automate, welcome! Here are some resources to help you get started:
- Watch a tutorial on UI flows
- Learn more about UI flows from the documentation
- Sign up for a free Power Automate trial