RDS Client Experience Activation for certain users.

Posted on 2012-08-31
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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    Accepted Solution

    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

    After extensive testing page1985 was correct...Thanks Page for utting us on the right step
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    Expert Comment

    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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