Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 supports ‘Nested Sessions’

Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 supports ‘Nested Sessions’

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Hi everyone,

One of the questions that customers often ask us is: What is the extent of support for running a Remote Desktop Connection session within another Remote Desktop Connection session (a scenario also known as “nested sessions” or “pass through sessions”)?  A very common use case for this is to connect to a Remote Desktop Session Host server or a virtual machine-based desktop first and then access RemoteApp programs from within the remote session.

We are glad to announce that Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 is tested for and supports “nested sessions” in configurations that customers have most often asked for. We just published the KB article Running a Remote Desktop Connection session within another Remote Desktop Connection session is supported with Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 for specific scenarios that details the tested and supported configurations. Hopefully this answers your questions and gives you a clear understanding of what is supported. Please let us know if you have questions.

NOTE: Questions and comments are welcome. For all technical questions and troubleshooting, please post a new thread in the RDS & TS Forum.

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  • Great news !

  • Great, is there a published protocol document for this?

  • I'm disappointed you didn't announce this with a "Yo dawg!" macro image.

    Otherwise, thanks!

  • Will the new version of RDS 2012 be included in SP2 for 2008 R2? I have tried 2012 RC and our users prefer the 2008 UI.

  • RDP 8 client for XP and XP/Server 2003 x64 and above OSes please.

  • Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 breaks the ability to connect from a Windows 7 client to SBS 2008 directly via an RDP settings file as returned from SBS 2008 if you use a non-IE browser.

    The offending update is kb2592687 which can be remedied by uninstalling the "update" on Windows 7. Unfortunately it appears to be integrated in Windows 8 so kills the remote connection scenario for Windows 8 clients.

  • This worked in XP and 7...used that for years to only have one port and one computer exposed to the world.  Now, it may be FASTER, but it's not new.

  • Hi, thanks for posting this, few things though, I don't understand why is this new?

    same as Ron i've been using this session nesting forever it seems,

    what i am worried about that now microsoft is actually saying we support that and that scenario which might imply that now they can reduce functionality of this feature, question that have not been answered fully:

    -Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 do not support running a Remote Desktop Connection session within another Remote Desktop Connection session.

    --so if i install rdp client 8 on my workstation and i will connect to a server 2k8 which hasn't been upgraded i'm expected to not be able to connect another machine from that 2k8 server?

    -RDP features other than graphics, keyboard, and mouse input are not supported (including but not limited to Smart Card redirection, Clipboard redirection, Device redirection, and Audio redirection).

    -- clipboard functionality lost from 2nd session onwards?!

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