Configuring the Client Experience on an RD Session Host Server

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can configure a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server so that users connecting to a remote desktop session can use functionality similar to that provided by Windows 7.


Providing this functionality requires additional system and bandwidth resources and may affect the scalability of the RD Session Host server.

During the installation of the RD Session Host role service in Server Manager, you can automatically configure the following functionality on the Configure Client Experience page in the Add Roles Wizard:

  • Audio and video playback

  • Audio recording redirection

  • Desktop composition

If you configure the RD Session Host server to provide audio and video playback or desktop composition, the Desktop Experience feature will be installed on the RD Session Host server. For more information about Desktop Experience, see Desktop Experience Feature.

To manually configure this functionality, see the following topics: