Configure Remote Desktop Connection Settings

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the TS Gateway server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To configure Remote Desktop Connection settings for TS Gateway

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection client. To open the Remote Desktop Connection client, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Options to expand the dialog box and view settings.

  3. On the Advanced tab, in the Connect from anywhere area, click Settings.

  4. In the TS Gateway Server Settings dialog box, select the appropriate options:

    • Automatically detect TS Gateway server settings (default). If you select this option, the Terminal Services client attempts to use Group Policy settings that determine the behavior of client connections to TS Gateway servers or TS Gateway server farms, if these settings have been configured and enabled. For more information, see the "Using Group Policy to Manage Client Connections Through TS Gateway" topic in the TS Gateway Help.

    • Use these TS Gateway server settings. If a TS Gateway server name or TS Gateway server farm name and a logon method are not already enabled and enforced by Group Policy, you can select this option and specify the name of the TS Gateway server or TS Gateway server farm that you want to connect to and the logon method to use for the connection. The name that you specify for the server must match the name in the Issued to field of the TS Gateway server certificate. If you create a self-signed certificate by using the Add Roles Wizard during installation of the TS Gateway role service or by using TS Gateway Manager after installation, specify the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the TS Gateway server.

    • Bypass TS Gateway server for local addresses. This option is selected by default.

      If you want the Terminal Services client to automatically detect when TS Gateway is required, select this check box. If you use a mobile computer, selecting this option will optimize client connectivity performance and minimize latency because TS Gateway will only be used when it is required. If your computer is always connected to the local area network (LAN) or if it is hosted inside the internal network firewall, TS Gateway will not be used. If you are outside the internal network and connecting to the internal network over the Internet, TS Gateway will be used.If you are in a LAN, but want to test connectivity through a TS Gateway server or

      TS Gateway server farm, clear this check box. Otherwise, the client will not connect through the TS Gateway server or TS Gateway server farm in this case.

    • Do not use a TS Gateway server. Select this option if your computer is always connected to the LAN or if it is hosted inside the internal network firewall. This option is appropriate if you know that you do not need to use TS Gateway to traverse a firewall.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To save the settings and close the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Save, and then click Cancel. The settings will be saved as an RDP file to a default location (by default, the file is saved to Drive:\<Username>\Documents).

    • To save the RDP file to a specified location (you can customize and distribute the file later to multiple clients as needed), click Save As. In the Save as dialog box, in the File name box, specify the file name and location, and then click Save.

    • To proceed with a connection to an internal network resource, click Save, click Connect, and then proceed to Step 5 in the next procedure ("Verify that end-to-end connectivity through TS Gateway is functioning correctly").