How-to enable RemoteFX USB redirection

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What Is RemoteFX?

We can define RemoteFX as an enhancement of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services(RDS). This technology enables users to work on a remote environment on Windows Aero Desktop with a richer experience of graphics rendering.

That means they can watch full-motion videos, Silverlight Animations, and running 3D applications on their session based virtual machines through network connections. Users can experience all these things, while accessing their applications remotely over the network with a constancy and performance of a real desktop machine.

RemoteFX is not a standalone technology or product from Microsoft. RemoteFX is a combination of three RDP technologies that are meant for Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 enabled servers with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 client on virtual machines, which runs VDI environments. This Hyper V server operating system is free.

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It is a very good platform to implement VDI environments. Unlike the Enterprise editions, you do not need a virtual guest right on the server. All you need is a virtualized environment. This is the reason, RemoteFX has become a buzzword after it is being used for mining bitcoins rigorously, though it is an age-old technology that exists from 2010.

How to enable RemoteFX?

To enable RemoteFX USB Device redirection please perform the steps below:

  1. On a client PC run gpedit.msc
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Connection Client > RemoteFX USB Device Redirection
  3. Set “Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices from this computer” option to Enabled
  4. Set who should have RemoteFX USB redirection rights, then click OK and close the policy editor. alttext
  5. Update the machine’s policy using: gpupdate /force

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