Remote Desktop Protocol Update for Windows 7

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Overview

After the release of Windows 7, the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) has been updated to improve the end user's experience connecting to remote Windows desktops or apps. For information about the enhancements to RDP, see: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rds/2012/10/09/remote-desktop-protocol-8-0-update-for-windows-7-sp1-enabling-a-great-wan-user-experience-for-windows-7-sp1-virtual-desktops/

A Windows 7 PC should be upgraded with RDP 8.1 before installing the Workspot Client application. In addition, if the remote desktop or server the user is connecting to is running Windows 7, then that physical or VDI machine should also be upgraded with RDP 8.1.

Checking for RDP 8.1 Support

To check whether the system is already configured to support RDP 8.1, log into the desktop, launch the Remote Desktop Connection client program, click on the remote desktop icon and click About. Verify that the dialog displays "Remote Desktop Protocol 8.1 supported."

Installing RDP 8.1

If RDP 8.1 is not configured, to install it:

  1. Confirm that Windows 7 SP1 is installed. For more information see: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gg635126.aspx

  2. Install the following updates in the order shown below, for more information see: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/rds/2013/11/12/remote-desktop-protocol-8-1-update-for-windows-7-sp1-released-to-web/ and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2592687
    •  KB 2574819: An update is available that adds support for DTLS in Windows 7 SP1.
    •  KB 2857650: Update that improves the RemoteApp and Desktop Connections features is available for
       Windows 7 SP1.
    •  KB 2830477: Update for RemoteApp and Desktop Connections feature is available for Windows 7 SP1.
    •  KB 2592687: Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 update for Windows 7 SP1.
    •  KB 2913751: Smart card redirection in remote sessions fails in a Windows 7 SP1-based RDP 8.1 client.
    •  (Optional) If you experience connection reliability issues after installing KB 2913751, we recommend
       installing KB 2923545: Update for RDP 8.1 is available for Windows 7 SP1.

  3. Use the following group policy configurations:
    a.  After installing above Windows updates; GPOs would need to be enabled on server side only
        (VDI Windows 7 desktop Workspot is connecting to).
    b.  Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    c.  Enable the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 policy. The setting for this policy is under
        the following:
        Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\
        Remote Desktop Session Host\Remote Session Environment
    .
    d.  If the UDP functionality is required, enable the Select RDP transport policy, and then set the value to
        Use both TCP and UDP. The setting for this policy is under the following:
        Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\
        Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections
    .

Connection Info Feature

Once RDP 8.1 is installed, a new Connection Info feature is available to check the performance of the remote connection. To access this feature, both the local and remote Windows machines or VMs must be running the following OS versions:

  • Windows 7 (with RDP 8.1)
  • Windows 8 or later
  • or Server 2012 or later

To display the Connection Info in Workspot, launch a remote Windows desktop and size to full screen, then click the icon in the connection bar. For a full description of this feature, see: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2741624.

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