Remote Desktop Session Host RemoteFX enabled correctly

We have Remote Desktop Session Host farm (formal terminal server). And we had some issues with RemoteFX.

We followed all the right instructions that could be found at:

But still RemoteFX was not working the way we think it should work!

Basic steps to enable RemoteFX in you environment:

  • Enable the GPO (see technet link)
  • Required MSTSC options

According to Microsoft this is all you need to do. This will activate RemoteFX!

I can tell you, IT’S NOT!!!

For Windows 2008 R2 you have to change:


For windows 2012 R2:

The color depth cannot be set in the GUI

According to Microsoft windows 8 and higher always uses 32-bit color depth. But you can force it by using a policy:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Remote Session Environment\Limit maximum color depth

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