About VM connections and features

The sections in this article show you various features and settings that are available when you connect to a VM using Azure Bastion.

Connect to a VM

You can use various different methods to connect to a target VM. Some connection types require Bastion to be configured with the Standard SKU. Use the following articles to connect.

Copy and paste

You can copy and paste text between your local device and the remote session. Only text copy/paste is supported. By default, this feature is enabled. If you want to disable this feature for web-based clients, you can change the setting on the configuration page for your bastion host. To disable, your bastion host must be configured with the Standard SKU tier.

For steps and more information, see Copy and paste - Windows VMs.

Full screen view

You can change to full screen view and back using your browser. For steps and more information, see Change to full screen view.

Upload or download files

Azure Bastion offers support for file transfer between your target VM and local computer using Bastion and a native RDP or native SSH client. It may also be possible to use certain third-party clients and tools to upload and download files.

For steps and more information, see Upload or download files to a VM using a native client.

Remote audio

You can enable remote audio output for your VM. Some VMs automatically enable this setting, others require you to enable audio settings manually. The settings are changed on the VM itself. Your Bastion deployment doesn't need any special configuration settings to enable remote audio output.


Audio output takes up bandwidth on your internet connection.

To enable remote audio output on a Windows VM:

  1. After you're connected to the VM, on the right-hand bottom corner of the toolbar, you'll see an audio button.
  2. Right-click the audio button and select "Sounds".
  3. A pop-up appears asking if you would like to enable the Windows Audio Service. Select "Yes". You can configure more audio options in Sound preferences.
  4. To verify sound output, hover your mouse over the audio button on the toolbar.


For FAQs, see Bastion FAQ - VM connections and features.

Next steps

Quickstart: Deploy Azure Bastion with default settings