Validate Remote Desktop Capability

2/13/2013

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) provides remote client devices a graphical interface to a server. For Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8), the main RDP enterprise capabilities enabled by applying a volume license key are RemoteFX USB redirection and Plug and Play (PnP) device redirection. These capabilities exist only on the server side, so client side devices do not need a volume license key to take advantage of these capabilities.

Test Setup

Before you can run the following tests, you need the following:

  • A Standard 8 device running as the RDP server.
  • A Standard 8 or Windows 8 device running as the RDP client.
  • A RemoteFX USB device.
  • A PnP USB device.

Enable Remote Desktop RemoteFX USB Redirection

RemoteFX USB redirection enables users to use any USB devices that are connected to their client machine as if the devices were connected to the server machine. RDP has many high level redirections that allow for redirection of USB drives, local drivers, printing, and so on, but RemoteFX USB redirection supports the devices that are not covered, such as scanners, multifunction printers, and webcams. In this example, we configure the redirection of a webcam.

To enable RemoteFX USB redirection

  1. Verify that your Standard 8 device that is running as the RDP server has enterprise capabilities activated with a volume license key.

  2. Run gpedit.msc.

  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, in the tree in the left pane, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client\RemoteFX USB Device Redirection.

  4. In the right pane, double-click Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices for this computer.

  5. On the dialog window that appears, select Enabled, and then click OK.

  6. At a command prompt with administrator rights, type the following command to apply the Group Policy change.

    gpupdate /force
    
  7. Restart your client device.

To verify that RemoteFX USB redirection is enabled

  1. On the client, open Remote Desktop Connection. If the tabs are not listed, click Options to expand the dialog box.

  2. On the Local Resources tab, click More to display the Local devices and resources dialog box. If at least one supported RemoteFX USB device is connected, it should be listed in the device tree under Other supported RemoteFX USB devices.

  3. Select USB camera box to redirect the webcam and click OK.

  4. Connect to the Standard 8 RDP server.

  5. In the RDP session, open Control Panel on the server.

  6. From Control Panel in the server, open Devices and Printers. If RemoteFX USB Redirection is enabled, the webcam appears under Devices.

Verify Remote Desktop PnP Redirection

PnP redirection allows users to access Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) digital cameras, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) music players, and Point of Sale (POS) for .NET devices in a remote session.

To verify that PnP redirection is enabled

  1. Verify that your Standard 8 device that is running as the RDP server has enterprise capabilities activated with a volume license key.

  2. On the client, open Remote Desktop Connection. If the tabs are not listed, click Options to expand the dialog box.

  3. On the Local Resources tab, click More to display the Local devices and resources dialog box. If at least one supported PnP device is connected, it should be listed in the device tree under Other supported Plug and Play (PnP) devices.

  4. Select your PnP device and then click OK.

  5. Connect to the Standard 8 RDP server.

  6. In the RDP session, open Control Panel on the server.

  7. From Control Panel in the server, open Device Manager. If PnP redirection is enabled, the PnP device appears under Portable Devices.

See Also

Reference

Test Kit for Windows Embedded 8 Standard Enterprise Capabilities

Other Resources

Introducing Microsoft RemoteFX USB Redirection: Part 1