Windows 8 : Configuring and using Remote Desktop (part 3) - Programs, Experience, Advanced

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The Programs tab, shown in Figure 6, gives you the option of starting a specific program when a remote session is initiated. Select the Start The Following Program On Connection check box, and then provide the path and file name of the application you want to start.

Remote Desktop Programs options

Figure 6. Remote Desktop Programs options



You can configure multiple Remote Desktop sessions to the same computer and save different settings for each session. In some sessions, it might be useful to have a specific application, such as Windows PowerShell or the Exchange Management Console, launch when the connection is initiated. Creating and saving these settings can save you time later.


The Experience tab, shown in Figure 7, displays performance settings you can use to help improve the experience during the remote session. These settings can improve performance over slow connections.

Remote Desktop Experience options

Figure 7. Remote Desktop Experience options

Detect Connection Quality Automatically is a connection optimization option that disables or enables the following items if the connection is too degraded to use them:

  • Desktop background

  • Font smoothing

  • Desktop composition

  • Show window contents while dragging

  • Menu and window animation

  • Visual style

The other options specify bandwidths from which you can choose to ensure that your remote desktop session performs appropriately. For example, if a remote site has a connection speed of less than 2 Mbps, selecting Low-Speed Broadband might be appropriate for those sessions. However, items at the corporate office or items with high-speed links might not need any configuration.

Typically, this setting works well when connection speed is detected because many sessions are over high-speed links.

The remaining two options on the Experience tab are as follows:

  • Persistent Bitmap Caching This setting stores images on the local computer to improve performance while in the Remote Desktop session.

  • Reconnect If Connection Is Dropped This setting causes the remote session to be retried up to 20 times if the link becomes degraded and the connection to the session is dropped.


The Advanced tab, shown in Figure 8, addresses the need for server authentication and permission to configure settings remotely. Your company security policies will determine which settings you should use.

Remote Desktop Advanced options

Figure 8. Remote Desktop Advanced options

The following sections are on the Advanced tab:

  • Server Authentication Indicate the required authentication verification for the remote session when verifying that the remote computer is the correct computer for the remote connection. The default setting sends you, the helper, a warning if authentication fails. Other options are Connect And Don’t Warn Me and Do Not Connect.

  • Connect From Anywhere Select this option if you will be connecting to remote sessions when you are also remote. This option ensures that your remote connections are initiated through a Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway server, available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and later. An RD Gateway server is a perimeter server that effectively hosts the connections to other machines within your environment. In the RD Gateway Server Settings dialog box, you can configure the following settings:

  • Connection Settings These settings determine if you want incoming sessions to locate the RD Gateway or if you will be specifying the server name and sign-in information. You can also select not to use an RD Gateway server. The default is to locate the server automatically. If you do not use an RD Gateway server, you do not need to change this setting.

  • Logon Settings Select these settings to identify which settings are to be collected and passed through to the sessions on remote computers.

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