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Remote Desktop Services – RemoteFX Guides

The RemoteFX documentation team has been hard at work creating topics that you can use to evaluate and deploy Microsoft RemoteFX within your environment. Following is a list of all the RemoteFX documents that were published to coincide with the Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 release.

The following documents were created for Microsoft RemoteFX:

· Deploying Microsoft RemoteFX on a Single Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Server Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Microsoft RemoteFX for Personal Virtual Desktops Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Microsoft RemoteFX for Virtual Desktop Pools Step-by-Step Guide

· Configuring USB Device Redirection with Microsoft RemoteFX Step-by-Step Guide

· Deploying Microsoft RemoteFX on a Remote Desktop Session Host Server Step-by-Step Guide

· What’s New in RemoteFX

· Hardware Considerations for RemoteFX

· Microsoft RemoteFX for Session Virtualization: Architectural Overview

· Microsoft RemoteFX for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Architectural Overview

The following existing Remote Desktop Services documents were updated to include Microsoft RemoteFX:

· Deploying Remote Desktop Licensing Step-by-Step Guide

· Remote Desktop Services Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2

· RDP Settings for Windows Server 2008 R2

· Group Policy Settings for Windows Server 2008 R2

For information about the RemoteFX WMI provider documentation, see MSDN.

If you are interested in seeing more Remote Desktop Services documentation, see the Remote Desktop Services TechCenter.

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Q&A: Microsoft RemoteFX and Remote Desktop Session Host Servers

Great post over on The Remote Desktop Services Team Blog.

Read the original post here.

While we’ve blogged a lot about Microsoft RemoteFX and how virtual machines benefit from it in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), we realized that we hadn’t always discussed it in detail in relation to Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host). We’d like to use this opportunity to answer some questions about RemoteFX on RD Session Host servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Question: Does RemoteFX work on RD Session Host?

Answer: RemoteFX is a collection of features that enhance the user experience in Remote Desktop Services deployments. The advanced bitmap acceleration of RemoteFX works for VDI on Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) servers as well as for session delivery on RD Session Host servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Other features of RemoteFX, specifically virtualization of graphics processing units (GPUs) and broad support for USB devices, are specific to virtual machine delivery through Remote Desktop Services in a VDI environment.

Q: What are the key benefits of using RemoteFX with RD Session Host?

A: Using RemoteFX on RD Session Host servers allows you to use RemoteFX enabled thin clients and zero clients to connect to the server.  It also reduces the bandwidth required for displaying bitmap-intensive applications (such as Flash, Silverlight, and Windows Presentation Foundation applications) on a full desktop

Q: Do any features of RD Session Host not use RemoteFX?

A: RemoteApp programs do not use RemoteFX because they need drawing orders, so RemoteApp programs use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 7. No user action is required to use RDP 7 for RemoteApp programs. Also, Aero® "glass" remoting is disabled when using RemoteFX on RD Session Host servers. When RemoteFX codec is used on RD Session Host, the display driver is RDP’s XPDM driver, which does not support 3D rendering.

Q: Can I virtualize an RD Session Host server and use RemoteFX with it?

A: Yes, but this RD Session Host server will not virtualize the GPU of the server even if a GPU is present.

Q: Can a virtualized RD Session Host server use a GPU at all?

A: Yes. Windowed DirectX apps will still work on RD Session Host servers if a GPU is present; however, the GPU will not be virtualized in each session.

Q: How can I learn more about using RemoteFX on an RD Session Host server? How can I tell that it’s working? How do I configure the settings?

A: For answers to these and other related questions, see the Step-by-step guide to deploying RemoteFX on an RD Session Host server. For a complete list of all RemoteFX resources, see this blog entry.

Q: How can I evaluate Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1?

A: You can download a 180-day evaluation of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, or, if you already have Windows Server 2008 R2, you can download the stand-alone SP1.

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Documentation Available for Microsoft RemoteFX

Read the original post here.

The RemoteFX documentation team has been hard at work creating topics that you can use to evaluate and deploy Microsoft RemoteFX within your environment. Following is a list of all the RemoteFX documents that were published to coincide with the Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 release.

The following documents were created for Microsoft RemoteFX:

The following existing Remote Desktop Services documents were updated to include Microsoft RemoteFX:

For information about the RemoteFX WMI provider documentation, see MSDN.

If you are interested in seeing more Remote Desktop Services documentation, see the Remote Desktop Services TechCenter.

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Remote Desktop Services–Load Simulation and Capacity Planning Tools

I had previously blogged about some great step by step guides for Remote Desktop Services. I wanted to add a couple more useful links for a load simulation tool and a capacity planning document.

Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools

The Remote Desktop Load Simulation toolset is used for 32-bit and 64-bit (x86 and x64) server capacity planning and performance/scalability analysis.

Download Here.

Remote Desktop Session Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2

Use the RD session Host role service to allow multiple concurrent users to run Windows-based applications on a remote computer running Windows Server 2008 R2. This capacity planning guide describes the most relevant factors that influence the capacity of a given deployment along with methodologies to evaluate capacity for specific deployments.

Download here.

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New Step-by-step guides available for Remote Desktop Services

Great post over on the Remote Desktop Services Team Blog


Read the original post here.


We are busily writing and publishing Step-by-Step guides to help you explore the new features of Remote Desktop Services included with Windows Server 2008 R2. Below is a list of the guides that are currently available. Please check back often, as we plan on publishing more documentation in the coming months.


What’s New in Remote Desktop Services


http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131925


Installing Remote Desktop Session Host Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147293


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147292


Deploying Remote Desktop Web Access with Remote Desktop Connection Broker Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131928


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131927


Deploying RemoteApp Programs to the Start Menu by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154799


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154798


Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154800


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154801


Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154803


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=154802


Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147908


Web version:   http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147909


Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147907


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=147906


Deploying Remote Desktop Gateway Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142251


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142250


Deploying Remote Desktop Licensing Step-by-Step Guide


Word document download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=128418


Web version: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141175