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RDS Client Experience Activation for certain users.

Posted on 2012-08-31
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-09-16
Hi All,
We have an simplistic single server RDS environment in place, that is being used by external users only until now, but now we are planning to test it out to certain in-house users.
At the moment we did not use "Client Experience" for external users and we do not want to use it anyway for them.
But for internal users we want to deploy "Audio Video Playback" , "Audio redirection" and "Desktop Composition".
Is it possible to active these features only for a given user group? Or enable it globally and diable it for certain user groups?
We have created two user groups: ExternalUsers and InternalUsers.
If possible please do let us know the process?

Question by:RobKanj
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page1985 earned 2000 total points
ID: 38354326
The qWAVE (Quality Windows Audio Video Experience) and Desktop Composition features are Windows Server features and cannot be selectively enabled -- they are system-wide.  You can use Group Policy to force the server to lock down certain features, but this lockdown is a computer policy, not a user policy, which means it will disable it server-wide.  The following items are the only ones which can be configured on a per-user basis:

Set RD Gateway authentication method
Enable connection through RD Gateway
Set RD Gateway server address
Allow .rdp files from valid publishers and user's default .rdp settings
Allow .rdp files from unknown publishers
Do not allow passwords to be saved
Specify SHA1 thumbprints of certificates representing trusted .rdp publishers
Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop Services user sessions
Start a program on connection
Set time limit for disconnected sessions
Set time limit for acive but idle Remote Desktop Services sessions
Set time limit for active Remote Desktop Services sessions
Terminate session when time limits are reached

Unfortunately, the bottom line here is I don't believe you will be able to do this without adding a second remote desktop server.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38403476
After extensive testing page1985 was correct...Thanks Page for utting us on the right step

Expert Comment

ID: 38403565
No problem.  I wish I could have given you a way to do it.  Hopefully Microsoft will consider making this a per-user configuration in the future.

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