RDP & RemoteFX Technology

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RDP & RemoteFX Technology

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The technology around RDP & RemoteFX is rapidly improving, which is leading to an enhanced computing experience for the end user.  RemoteFX is a display protocol that enhances Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). With RemoteFX, various kinds of native desktop content can be viewed in near full fidelity on a virtual desktop. RemoteFX technologies have advanced coding and graphics virtualization, therefore it delivers a higher quality user experience compared to RDP on its alone.

A virtual desktop enables the end user to work remotely in a Windows environment, run 3D applications and watch videos. Thanks to RemoteFX, virtual desktop performance is close to that of native desktop. The latest developments on RemoteFX are available in Windows 8 and Windows server 2012. These operating systems support all RemoteFX features, including the ability to connect to RemoteApp, support for WAN networks and the redirecting of USB devices using RemoteFX USB redirection. Likewise, remote desktop application has become a whole lot better with the introduction of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This can be attributed to that fact that RDP now uses many more RemoteFX technologies, which make for a remote desktop experience that’s feature rich, faster and much slicker. For example, now a user can stream a 720p video without the remote desktop skipping the slightest bit.

In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft ironed out virtualization implementation problems to improve Remote Desktop services and RemoteFX. The latest in RDP technology eases virtual desktop management and features high availability options, while new RemoteFX technology improves graphics rendering and remote desktop access over WAN, however it’s important to note that the latter requires additional hardware.

In Windows 8, the latest in RemoteFX includes multi-touch, which enables users to access Remote Desktop Sessions (RDS) from a touch enabled device. Another important feature is Adaptive Graphics, which changes the way RDS renders visuals.  All the rendering is done on the host, instead of rendering on the client side. Windows 8 RemoteFX improves virtual desktop performance over WAN, as it detects connection speeds automatically. In Windows Server 2008 R2, RemoteFX could be used to deliver remote desktop via VDI, but this needed a separate graphics processing unit (GPU) for encoding. In Windows Server 2008 R2, RemoteFX does not need a GPU because it uses software encoding.

2X Software delivers the latest in Virtual Desktop & Application Delivery including RemoteFX through its 2X Remote Application Server cloud solution. Users can enjoy bidirectional audio, Windows Media Player redirection and more, with a rich, improved user experience through 2X Remote Application Server. Download 2X Remote Application Server today and start taking advantage of 2X’s integration with the latest Windows Remote Desktop Services, Windows Terminal Services and Microsoft RemoteFX technology.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.

  • Tony Hooton

    I realize this technology is available in Windows 8 Enterprise. However, I do not understand and cannot find how to enable RemoteFX for a Windows 8 Enterprise host.

    Please let me know what to do? This is the volume license version of Windows 8 Enterprise.


  • B.Wilson

    Hi Tony,

    You can find more information on different types of RemoteFX support provided by Microsoft here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2012/11/26/remotefx-features-for-windows-8-and-windows-server-2012.aspx

    For Windows 8 Enterprise you do not need to install RemoteFX as it is part of RDP 8.0 which is built-in.


  • Torben

    Is it possible to use USB redirection even if the virtualized client system is Windows 7?

    Thanks in advance for an answer!

  • Chris

    If the RDP implementation you are using supports redirection of USB devices, it would be possible.

    Native MS RDP you can see what local resources you can redirect from under Other Options > Local Resources for example.

    You can also see what resources can be configured from the 2X Client under the connection properties > Local Resources tab.

    Hope this helps.

  • Nounce

    Any idea when remotefx will be supported on iOS, Android and Linux clients (if ever)?

  • http://www.2x.com Charlie Williams, Marketing Director

    Hi, we’re working RemoteFX into the product roadmaps and should have a clearer timeline of release later this year. Thanks for your patience!