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Step 6: Configuring RemoteFX for an Optimal Experience

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

Use the following procedures to optimize the RemoteFX experience:

  • Configure the display power settings.

  • Enable Windows Aero on the virtual desktop.

  1. Log on to the VDP1-CLNT computer as a member of the local Administrators group.

  2. Click Start, and in the Search programs and files box, type gpedit.msc, and then press ENTER.

  3. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Power Management\Video and Display Settings.

  4. Double-click Turn off the Display (Plugged In).

  5. Select the Enabled option.

  6. In the Turn Off the Display (seconds) box, type 0, and then click OK.

  7. Double-click Turn off the Display (On Battery).

  8. Select the Enabled option.

  9. In the Turn Off the Display (seconds) box, type 0, and then click OK.

  10. Restart the VDP1-CLNT computer.

  11. Repeat the previous steps for the VDP2-CLNT computer.

ImportantImportant
Due to a known issue, changing this Group Policy setting from the default value is recommended for the optimal experience. The previous procedure simplifies the process by informing you how to apply the Group Policy setting from within the virtual machine. However, the recommended way to apply Group Policy settings continues to be by using Group Policy Management Console.

  1. Log on to VDP1-CLNT as a member of the local Administrators group.

  2. Right-click the desktop.

  3. Click Personalize, and in the Change visuals and sounds on your computer box, select one of the themes shown under the Aero Themes heading.

  4. Verify that window transparency is enabled, and then close the window.

  5. Repeat the previous steps for the VDP2-CLNT computer.

ImportantImportant
Due to a known issue in the Windows Server 2008 R2, you may see screen artifacts when Windows Aero is turned off. We recommend that you always enable Windows Aero on RemoteFX-enabled virtual desktops to deliver the optimal experience.

You have completed all the steps to deploy Microsoft RemoteFX for Virtual Desktop Pools. For additional information, see Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Tips.

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