Installing RemoteFX

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

Microsoft® RemoteFX™ is a new feature that is included in Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). It introduces a set of end-user experience enhancements for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that enable a rich desktop environment within your corporate network.

Microsoft® RemoteFX™ enables the delivery of a full Windows user experience to a range of client devices including rich clients, thin clients, and ultrathin clients. RemoteFX delivers a rich user experience for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) by providing a 3D virtual adapter, intelligent codecs, and the ability to redirect USB devices in virtual machines. RemoteFX is integrated with the RDP protocol, which enables shared encryption, authentication, management, and device support. RemoteFX also delivers a rich user experience for session-based desktops and RemoteApp programs to a broad range of client devices.

To install RemoteFX

  1. Open Server Manager. To open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  2. Under the Roles Summary heading, click Add Roles.

  3. On the Before You Begin page of the Add Roles Wizard, click Next.

  4. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Remote Desktop Services check box, and then click Next.

  5. On the Introduction to Remote Desktop Services page, click Next.

  6. On the Select Role Services page, select the RemoteFX check box. The Core Services check box is automatically selected when RemoteFX is installed.

  7. On the Confirm Installation Selections page, verify that the RD Virtualization Host role service will be installed, and then click Install.

  8. On the Installation Results page, you are prompted to restart the server to finish the installation process. Click Close, and then click Yes to restart the server.

  9. After the server restarts and you log on to the computer as an administrator, the remaining steps of the installation finish. When the Installation Results page appears, confirm that installation of the RD Virtualization Host role service succeeded, and then close Server Manager.


You may see warnings on the Installation Results page. For the purposes of this guide, you can safely ignore these warnings.