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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  • Can you please tell me if the RDC 7.0 will work with Windows 7 Home Premium?  I mean, if I run Windows 7 Home Premium, will I be able to remote connect to another PC?  It is not clear anywhere if the remote desktop client is part of the Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Thanks

  • @Jerry

    You will be able to remote connect to any other PC FROM Windows 7 Premium, for that matter FROM any Windows 7 edition (including Starter). However you will not be able to connect TO a Windows 7 Premium machine. The machine you can connect to should be running Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise editions.

    Thanks.

    Shuba Iyer [MSFT]

  • I haven't been able to find a way to enable multimon in the ActiveX control on Windows 7.  Does anyone know how to do this?  I haven't seen any properties in any of the ActiveX interfaces (e.g. this one http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee338625(VS.85).aspx ) that refer to multimon.  Is there some other flag I'm supposed to set?

    Thanks,

    Adam

  • Hi

    Is the 7.0 client available for x86 2008 (not R2)?

    Thanks

    Richard

  • I have windows 7 home premium and I only seem to be able to access Remote Assistance controls... the remote desktop options don't exist!  Does remote desktop only come with certain versions of windows 7?

  • @Mercurio,

    Remote Desktop connections are only available when connecting to Windows Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise editions. It is not available on Premium.

    Thanks.

    Shuba

  • Hi,

    I'm having a lot of trouble enabling RDP access from within the web browser.  Remote Desktop Web Connection is apparently included in RDS WebAccess.  I have been able to configure RDS to provide RemoteApp programs, .rdp files, and Remote Destkop connections.  All of these use the local RDP client to connect over an RDP session.  I was to run the RDP session in the browser.

    Is this possible?

    Any one know of a SOP online?

    -Dave

  • This is very nice, and the speedup compared to older versions of the RDP client is great, but what about the Mac version?

  • Just found this software that allow multiple concurrent RDP access to Windows 7 machine

    http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm

    p/s - Any ideas when RDP7 for XP will be out ?

  • The RDP7 "client" for XP SP3 I available now.  

    I can't comment on the legality of the Thinserver solution.  If it is legal, at a bare minimum you'll need VECD for each client device.

  • I'm sure it's ok as long you're properly licensed. Even Company such as graphon has been doing it for years.

    Anyway what's the link to download RDP7 for XP3 please ?

  • Graphon does this on the server OS, but as far as I know it is not within the scope of the EULA for the Client OS (XP, Vista, Win7) to allow multiple concurrent sessions.

  • A feature is missing in W 7. Under XP, when I attempt to connect to a remote workstation I get a warning message if another user is logged on locally, and I have the option of dropping them off. Under W7 they are simply kicked off and I am in. Given that I administer 400 computers in 37 buildings, this change will require that I either find an alternative with the old behavior, or walk to the remote location to confirm that the machine is unused. The walking isn't too practical, since I remote in to machines several times a day.

  • Actually Graphon works on client OS too particularly Windows XP Pro. Please go to their product page for more info. But thanks for highlighting the EULA

    I just went thru XP PRO SP2 EULA and under the 1.4 section, it's perfectly OK as long you dedicate a license for each RDP connection. Unless they change the EULA under Win7, it should be the same too :)

    Well, so what's the URL link for the RDP7 client XP SP3 ?

  • Why isn't the fact that multiple monitor support is only supported in an Win7 Ultimate or Enterprise host in the version comnparison guides? Nothing I read on Microsoft's sites while researching which version to upgrade to ever mention limits per version, just that Home versions can't be a host. Now I'm stuck with Pro at work, and can't get multiple monitor support over RDP from home. That really makes me angry. Microsoft almost gets things right, but then screws over its loyal customers yet again. Damn!

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