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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  • Also we have HP thin clients with Microsoft Windows CE 5.0. We need bidirectional audio on them too.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Daniel's solution with Tom's modification works.  However, since the timing is crucial, it's best to take it a step further:

    1) Modify the update.inf and save as update.inf.new.

    2) Open the original update.inf and save it as update.inf.old.

    3) Download the Windows 2003 Resource Kit tools and copy sleep.exe from it to C:\windows\system32.

    4) Create the following batch script.  Save it to your extracted "update" folder.  Call it update.bat:

    ------------------------------------

    @echo off

    echo This will install RDP 7.0 on Windows Server 2003 x86.

    goto CD

    :CD

    echo Change the cd c:\rdp70 line to the directory that your extracted files are located.

    c:

    cd "C:\RDP70\update"

    goto STEP1

    :STEP1

    echo Replacing official update.inf with modified version

    copy update.inf.new update.inf /y

    goto STEP2

    :STEP2

    echo Running exe

    start update.exe

    goto STEP3

    :STEP3

    sleep -m 250

    echo Replacing modified update.inf with official version. Otherwise, the installer will error out.

    echo Modify the number after "sleep -m" accordingly.  A larger number means a longer delay.

    echo Too soon and you'll get an error stating that it's the wrong operating system.

    echo Too late and you'll get an error stating that setup cannot verify the integrity of the inf.

    copy update.inf.old update.inf /y

    goto ENDOUT

    :ENDOUT

    exit

  • Is the new RDP 7 client native opengl?

    Thank you

  • Hi

    I have a WinXP client and Win7 as server. After installing RDP7 can I redirect MPEG 4 files? Of course i have installed MPEG4 codecs on XP client. where can i find a list of file types that are redirected when connecting from WinXP?

    Thanks

  • Is it possible to set 256 colors on RDP 7 client ?  thank you!

  • Apparently the server portion of the rdp session must be Win7 Enterprise/Ultimate or 2008 R2 or no multimonitor support.  I swear MS tries to milk every dime out of people.

  • Will multimon be made available for Mac OS X?

  • Why is there no link to download rdp7

  • Disappointing that multi-monitor support "is not compatible with Aero Glass support."

  • Is the install hack works for XP x64 ?

  • For one brief moment I was able to remote desktop from a Win7 machine to XP. XP Remote Desktop has typically performed as advertised, and been invaluable. Win7 RD has been a pain from the word go, and stopped me migrating to Win7 as I consider it a critical utility, until now my XP is creaking so badly, I pretty much have to get to the bottom of this.

    The basic settings (allow remote desktop, firewall) are NOT sufficient to enable successful sessions.

    What are the services required on each of the XP and Win7 machines to allow connectivity. File Manager (aka Win Explorer) can see the network devices but RD still fails.

  • WHERE DO YOU FUNKY DOnWLOAD IT FORM???

    QUE ILLU?

     NO REMOTE DESKTOP CLIENT VERSION FOR WIN 7????

  • This is from 2009 - Would you please update it?  

    Thank you

  • Hi, I want to connect multiple remote session in one single computer. Is there any tool available for this.

    If yes what is the price.

    Regards

    Gobi

  • Any chance that at some point you will be fixing the New Window Focus issue outlined in this thread?

    social.technet.microsoft.com/.../0a88919f-2d72-4340-abd7-fbe0e9545f25

    Having Modal windows invoked by RDS and placed behind the invoking application is an issue, as is having windows rapidly flip focus between each other or having new application windows open minimized. This is especially important when working with Dynamics GP.

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