Not using desktop virtualization/Hyper-V, just standard RDS.
I am using Windows 2008 R2 Standard, and HP t410's. I have set up client accounts in AD, and I am trying to implement the Aero glass-like experience. Right now, Windows 7 shows up in themes, and is selectable. However, when selected, it continues displaying Windows 7 Basic style. Restarting the server, themes service, and the thin client have no effect. I have also ensured Desktop Composition is enabled on the thin client. Interestingly, when connecting to the server on my Windows 7 laptop using RDP, I am able to enable the full Aero effect, as well as switching back to 7 Basic theme. I am concerned because it seems that there is little graphics performance whatsoever. I realize it will never be the same as having a dedicated GPU internally, but it should be able to do simple Aero and reasonable graphics performance. I have also enabled Configure RemoteFX in the group policy, as well as RemoteFX experience level to high. I tried it as well with no RemoteFX.
Also, to make sure this wasn't a 'server performance' issue, I enabled Aero direct on the server, and it works flawless with no issues, but that's physically on it, not remotely on the thin clients.
The server and thin clients are on the same switch. Server specs are as follows:
Xeon X5670 6-core 2.9 GHz
16 GB DDR3 PC1333 Registered ECC
2 TB RAID 10 (four 1TB drives) SATA III
1 GB Radeon HD 5450 PCIe x1
If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong, I'd sure appreciate it!