Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Windows XP & Windows Vista

Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Windows XP & Windows Vista

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Introduction

Now that we have released Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing, we wanted to share our plans to make the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0 client available to Windows XP and Windows Vista. RDC 7 will ensure that when connecting to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 from an XP or Vista machines you are able to take advantage of the rich, advanced RDP7 features such as Media Player Redirection, True Multi-monitor support, etc

Note: If you use RDC 7.0 to connect to XP or Vista you do not get new Windows 7 features like Windows Media Player Redirection etc. There is no way to get these features when connecting to XP or Vista.

The new RDC 7.0 clients will be available in Q4 CY09 by using the Microsoft Download Center and WSUS and will be available for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) operating systems.

The following sections describe what the user experience will be when connecting to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 from a variety of operating systems using RDP 7, RDP 6.1, or RDP 5.2.


Connectivity

This section describes the set of remote resources available to users from each operating system/client combination.

Connecting From:

Win7/R2

Vista SP+

Vista SP+

XP SP3

XP SP3

XP SP2

XP SP2

 

RDC 7.0

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 6.1

RDC 5.2

Access to Remote Desktop sessions

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Access to RemoteApp programs

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Access to personal desktop by using RD Connection Broker

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Access to virtual desktop pools by using RD Connection Broker

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Launch applications and desktops from RemoteApp and Desktop Connection on client

yes

no

no

no

no

no

no

Launch RemoteApp programs, virtual desktop, and session-based desktop from RD Web Access

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Status & disconnect system tray icon.

yes

yes

no

no

no

no

no

 

Access to Remote Desktop sessions

User can connect to full remote desktop sessions.

Access to RemoteApp programs

Users can connect to RemoteApp programs rather than a whole desktop. This allows RemoteApp programs to be displayed seamlessly on the user’s local desktop even though they run remotely.

Access to personal virtual desktops by using RD Connection Broker

Users can access to personal virtual desktops when using the new Remote Desktop Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. Personal desktops are assigned to users on 1:1 basis and maintain state over time.


Access to virtual desktop pools by using RD Connection Broker

Users can access virtual desktop pools when using the new Remote Desktop Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. Pooled desktops are shared between multiple users and all changes a user makes are typically rolled back when the user logs off.

Launch applications and desktops from 'RemoteApp and Desktop Connections'

Users can subscribe to all their RemoteApp programs and desktops which are then listed in their local Start menu. The list is automatically updated as items are added or deleted.

Launch application and desktops from RD Web Access

Users can launch RemoteApp programs and desktops from an ActiveX enable browser

Status & disconnect system tray icon

A single system tray icon enables users to see all their remote connections. The user can disconnect all or individual connections using this icon. The icon appears only when launching RDP connections which are associated with a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection feed.

Experience Features

This section describes the user experience when connecting to Windows Server 2008 R2 from each platform/client combination.

Connecting From:

Win7/R2

Vista SP1

Vista SP1

XP SP3

XP SP3

XP SP2

XP SP2

 

RDC 7.0

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 6.1

RDC 5.2

Windows Media Player Redirection

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Bidirectional Audio

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Multimonitor Support

true

true

spanning

true

spanning

spanning

no

Aero Glass Support

yes

no

no

no

no

no

no

Enhanced Bitmap Acceleration

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Language Bar Docking

yes

no

no

no

no

no

no

Easy Print

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

 

Windows Media Player Redirection

Windows Media Player Redirection enables content hosted in Windows Media Player to be redirected to the client for decoding on the users’ computers. This improves the quality of the video and ensures that video and audio are always in sync. This works for both full Windows Media Player and Windows Media Player controls hosted in Web pages.

Bidirectional Audio

You can redirect audio recording devices such as microphones on the client computer. This is ideal for applications like Windows 7 voice recognition and applications that record audio.

True Multimonitor Support

In Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008, Terminal Services supported only monitor spanning. Remote Desktop Services now includes true multi-monitor support for up to 16 monitors. and works for both Remote Desktop & RemoteApp programs. It is not compatible with Aero Glass support.

Aero Glass Support

Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 did not support Aero Glass remoting for sessions. This is now supported in Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (but is not compatible with multi monitor support).

Enhanced Bitmap Acceleration

Bitmap acceleration improves the remote display of graphics-intensive applications like PowerPoint, Flash, and Silverlight.

Language Bar Docking

RemoteApp allows users to use their docked Language Bar with their RemoteApp applications just like they do with the local ones.

This productive functionality was previously unavailable, and users had to resort to the floating Language bar. To use the RemoteApp docked Language bar users must use a Windows7 client connected to a Windows Server 2008 R2 server.

Easy Print

Easy Print allows users to print to their local printers from remote desktops and programs without needing to install print drivers on the host. Easy Print is now supported when connecting to Windows 7 client.

Security Features

This section describes the security features available when connecting to Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 from each platform/client combination.

Connecting From:

Win7/R2

Vista SP1

Vista SP1

XP SP3

XP SP3

XP SP2

XP SP2

 

RDC 7.0

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 7.0

RDC 6.1

RDC 6.1

RDC 5.2

Per-user filtering of RemoteApp programs

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

na

Web SSO

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Web forms-based authentication

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

RD Gateway-based control of device redirection

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

RD Gateway system and logon messages

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

RD Gateway Background Authorization & Authentication

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Gateway Idle & Session Timeouts

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

NAP remediation with RD Gateway

yes

yes

no

yes

no

no

no

Per-user filtering of RemoteApp programs

RemoteApp programs displayed in RD Web Access can be filtered so that a user will see only the applications to which he or she has access.

Web SSO & Web forms-based authentication

RD Web Access now uses forms-based authentication to improve the user experience. Web SSO ensures that once a user is logged on no additional passwords are required for RD Gateway, RD Session Host servers and RemoteApp programs.

RD Gateway-based control of device redirection

In Windows Server 2008, it was possible for non-Microsoft Remote Desktop clients to override the gateway device redirection controls. In Windows Server 2008 R2 device redirection settings defined in RD Gateway it cannot be overridden.

RD Gateway System and Logon messages

System and logon messages can be added to RD Gateway and displayed to the remote desktop user. System messages can be used to inform users of server maintenance issues such as shutdown and restarts. Logon messages can be used to display a logon notice to users before they gain access to remote resources

RD Gateway Background Authorization & Authentication

Background authentication and authorization requests are performed after a configured session timeout has been reached, sessions for users whose property information has not changed are not affected, and authentication and authorization requests are sent in the background.

RD Gateway Idle & Session Timeouts

Configurable idle and session timeouts with RD Gateway provide better control of users who are connecting through RD Gateway. An idle timeout provides the ability to reclaim resources used by inactive user sessions without affecting the user's session or data. This helps free up resources on the RD Gateway server.

NAP Remediation with RD Gateway

NAP remediation allows you to manage remote clients by updating them with the latest software updates and settings. This helps keep remote clients in compliance with network security policies.

More Information

For more information about the new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, see “What’s New in Remote Desktop Services,” available on Microsoft TechNet (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131925).

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  • If I don't get the new features for XP to XP or Vista to Vista RDP, it is of no value to me. Windows 7 provides no real technologies downlevel unlike Vista. Please clearly state what new functionality I get when connecting XP to Vista, XP to XP, Vista to XP or Vista to Vista (that is pre-Windows 7 scenarios). Also is there ANY new functionality (minus WMP redirection support or multimonitor) for XP and Vista with RDP7 when connecting to these from Windows 7?

  • What will happen with support for thin client operating environments?

    I am particularly intested in support for XP embedded (SP3) and alternatives?

  • Will RDP 7 on WinXP fix the Direct3D graphics format corruption issue when you connect to w Win7 machine? (RDP 6.1 seems to mismatch the pixel format between the two computers so you get a wierd grayscale horizontaly shrunk image)

  • Will there be an equivalent Mac version in Q4 that supports true multimon?

  • Will there be a simple setting for allowing concurrent rdp sessions in windows 7? Not a registry hack. And if so, what version will allow it?

  • The Experience Features section specifically addresses connecting to 2008R2. Will things generally be the same when connecting from 2008R2 to Win7? That's the setup I use now, but I need to get the bidirectional audio to be able to completely use the Win7 VM as my total desktop environment.

  • @Clarence

    The Experience features are available when you connect to Windows 7 from Ws2008 R2 as well. However you get the full set of features only when you connect to Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate editions. When you connect to Windows 7 Professional features such as multimedia redirection, bi-directional audio, multiple monitor etc will not be available.

    Thanks.

    Shuba [MSFT]

  • So sees many asking similair questions but no answers.

    Should we continue to invest in Thin Clients, meaning will there be a RDC 7.0 client for Windows CE and Windows Embedded?

    Will this software support RD Gateway and other new features?

  • when is this going to available for download

    they said yesterday in boston for the win7 and 2k8 r2 that it was available for already and for xp

  • Now with RDP 7 there is not more a question that MTS 2008R2 with Jetro COCKPIT4 is the ultimate alternative for Citrix XenAPP !!

    Much cost effective and much much more secured and easy to deploy.

  • Now with RDP 7 there is not more a question that MTS 2008R2 with Jetro COCKPIT4 is the ultimate alternative for Citrix XenAPP !!

    Much cost effective and much much more secured and easy to deploy.

  • Good think. But i need to know how to access XP to Xp by terminal service

  • Will it be possible to install RDC 7.0 on XP Home SP3?  (Having visions of connecting remotely with my 8.9" Atom netbook to my 2 core quad running Windows 7 Pro...)  

  • I can't seem to find any information about what is going to be available for the initial release of Server 2008. Does this mean there is no updated TS host available to utilize the new features of RDC 7 unless I replace the Server OS I purchased just a few months ago?

  • Here's the download link:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/969084

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