With all the distinct benefits of Microsoft RemoteFX technologies, it’s not free from shortcomings. As things stand, the most common issues are:
From this article, you’ll find out how you can tackle said issues by applying the proper configuration. Besides that, we’re about to show you a more straightforward and easier way to resolve the RemoteFX USB redirection issue once and for all by means of dedicated USB port redirector. Just install the app, attach the USB device, and you're all set to go.
FlexiHub by Electronic Team, Inc is a top-level software solution purposely designed to grant you never-failing remote control of all the USB peripherals plugged into any machine in your network. Alongside this, you can try this handy tool to set up RemoteFX USB redirection to a remote desktop, so you can use your peripherals to the fullest extent.
RemoteFX USB redirection for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a specialized feature you can use to access and operate USB peripherals from within a remote session in cases where the standard USB redirection to RDP comes up short. Serves as a supplement to other high-level redirections, s.a. Easy Print, Port Redirection, Plug-and-Play Device Redirection, etc.
|RemoteFX USB Redirection||RDP High-Level Device Redirection|
|No device driver installations on any client||Device drivers must be installed on every client|
|Device drivers must be installed on the server||No device driver installations on the server (most typically)|
|One redirection method for almost every device type||Dedicated redirection method for each device type|
|Uses RDP connection to forward URBs in both directions||Uses an optimized protocol for each device type for high-level device functionality|
|Single session: a device can be accessed from only one machine at a time||Multiple sessions: a device can be accessed simultaneously from several machines, i.a. the host|
|Works better with LAN||Works equally well with both LAN and WAN|
So here’s what you need to enable RemoteFX USB redirection: Server 2012 R2, 2012 or 2016 plus the Desktop Experience feature for the host, and Windows Workspot 2.x.x (or any other RemoteFX-capable one) for your clients.
Start with configuring your server:
Step 1: Open your system’s Server Manager and click Add roles and features to invoke the pop-up window titled Add Roles and Features Wizard.
Step 2: Click Next to see the Select installation type page. You won’t have to make any adjustments here for the default configuration is just right.
Step 3: Click Next again to get to the Select server roles page and pick Remote Desktop Services on the Roles list.
Step 4: Keep clicking Next until you see the Role services list. Here you need to tick Remote Desktop Connection Broker, Remote Desktop Licensing, and Remote Desktop Session Host.
Step 5: Click Next one more time, then click the Install button.
Step 6: Wait until the installation is successfully completed, restart your CVM. Then use Windows search to find gpedit.msc. Press Enter to invoke the window titled Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 7: Go to Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Remote Desktop Services → Remote Desktop Session Host → Device and Resource Redirection and double-click Do not allow supported Plug and Play device redirection to invoke a pop-up window.
Step 8: On the Do not allow supported Plug and Play device redirection window, select Disabled and click OK.
Step 9: Restart the CVM once more.
Now configure your client:
Step 1: Enter gpedit.msc to Run dialog box and click OK.
Step 2: In the invoked Local Group Policy Editor window, click RemoteFx USB Redirection on the menu (it’s in Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Remote Desktop Services → Remote Desktop Connection Client → RemoteFx USB Redirection), then double-click Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFx USB devices.
Step 3: In the popped-up window, select Enabled, then go down to the RemoteFX USB Redirection Access Rights menu and select the Administrators and Users option.
Step 4: Click OK and restart your computer.
As a last resort, you can try using another method of enabling RemoteFX USB redirection to Remote Desktop: force redirection of a specific device type by making direct changes to the registry.
IMPORTANT! Before you modify the registry, please, don’t forget to make a back-up copy.
Whatever method you opt for, changes will take effect only when you restart Remote Desktop Connection.