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Enable Aero with RDP Remote Desktop and Multiple Desktops


Vadim

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Is it possible to enable the Aero Theme (desktop composition) with Transparency on multiple monitors over RDP (Remote Desktop Connection)? I'm using the latest RDP 7 I think with my Windows 7 VM and Client but it's not working.

 

Anyway here's my setup:

 

Host Server:

Windows Server 2008 R2 AND Vmware ESXI (Tested with both)

 

Guest VM

Windows 7 RTM x64

Windows 7 RTM x86

 

Client Computer

Windows 7 RTM x64 on a Dell Precision T5400

Dual Monitors (multimon)

 

When I connect to the Virtual Windows 7 machine I'm able to get the full Aero theme. This is also called Desktop Composition on the Win 7 machine. This is true no matter if I connect to the VM being hosted on the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server or the ESXi virtual host. That's the good news.

 

The problem I'm having is when I check the box "Use all my monitors for the remote session" I connect to the remote Windows 7 Client and both monitors are used however it dials back and only uses the basic Windows 7 Theme / Aero with no Transparency.

 

Anyone know how to fix this? I'm trying to get a test ready for my CIO to show off my VDI plan (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

 

Thanks!

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Hey Vadim,

 

I wish I had good news for you but... I don't.

 

Take a look at this thread here:

 

No Aero/multimon for a single console window using Remote Desktop?

 

Robert is right. Its not possible to do what you want.

 

Multimon is to take advantage of client side multiple monitors.

 

For the Aero / Multimon question:

 

Read this:

 

http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/2009/ ... ssion.aspx

 

Aero is not supported with true RDP multimon for Win7. If you specify both desktop composition and multimon for a Remote Desktop

connection, then multimon takes precedence and you will not get desktop composition.

 

If you enable multimon on your Windows 7 RDP connection, Aero (aka desktop composition) will be disabled.

 

Granted, things still look really nice however you lose all the cool Aero Peek, Transparency etc..

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