RemoteFX Settings for Servers, Remote PC's and VM's
Posted by Lee Warren on 18 February 2015 04:19 PM

In order to get the best experience with 2X and RemoteFX you must do the following on Servers, RemotePC's and VM's.


2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 RemoteFX Server Side Settings

Ensure that Desktop experience is installed on all Terminal Servers.

When a user uses 2X to connect to a 2X RAS server, the desktop that exists on the RD Session Host server is reproduced, by default, in the remote session. To make the remote session look and feel more like the user's local Windows desktop experience, install the Desktop Experience feature on an RD Session Host server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2. This also makes the graphics look better using the windows aero theme. Once Desktops experience is installed. 

You must have RDP 7.1 or higher protocol on the Windows Workstation to get the benefits of remote FX. RDP 8.1 Recommended.

Windows 7 and Higher supports RDP 8.1 Protocols.

Enable and disable the following options with gpedit.msc on all terminal servers in your farm. This must also be completed on all virtual PC VDI systems that support Remote FX

Under Local Computer Policy, Computer Configurations. Open Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Remote Desktop Services.

Open Remote Desktop Session Host. Then open Remote Session Environment.

Under Remote Session Environment and enable and disable the following.

When you enable the options make sure to set the options to what you need.


2012 R2 and below Settings

Device and Resource Redirection (Only if you need this option on)

In order to allow audio / recording redirection, you must also use gpedit.msc to enable these functions. The terminal servers do not need a sound card to do this.

Enable the sound option on all Terminal Servers.

Simply right click the server’s sound icon in the systray. You will then be prompted to enable remote audio.



Allow audio and video playback redireciton                                                                                         Enabled

Allow audio recording redirection                                                                                                       Enabled

Limit audo playback quality                             (make sure enable it and set it to dynamic)                     Enabled

Allow time zone redirection       (Only if your users will connect to the system from another time zone)    Enabled


Remote Session Environment

Limit maximum color depth                                                                                                              Disabled

Enforce removoal of desktop wallpaper (only if the user needs to customize thier dekstop)                     Disabled

Limit maximum display resolution                                                                                                      Disabled

Use advanced RemoteFX graphics for RemoteApp                                                                               Enabled

Configure compression for RemoteFX data                                                                                         Disabled

Configure image quality for Remote FX Adaptive Graphics                                                                    Enabled

Enabled RemoteFX encodeing for RemoteFX clients designed for windows 2008 R2 SP1                          Enabled

Configure RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics(Let the system choose the experience for the network condition) Enabled

Allow desktop composition for remoet desktop sessions                                                                      Enabled


Remote FX USB redirection and Audio redirection.

In order to get some POS devices working with Windows 2008 R2 and Higher, you must enable Remote FX USB redirection. Make sure that you enable this for Administrators and users. This is found in gpedit.msc.

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