You can specify custom Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) settings for RemoteApp connections, such as audio redirection. These settings will apply when a user connects to a RemoteApp program through RD Web Access, or when you create an .rdp file or a Windows Installer package from an existing RemoteApp program.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Session Host server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To specify custom RDP settings
  1. On the RD Session Host server, open RemoteApp Manager. To open RemoteApp Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click RemoteApp Manager.

  2. In the Overview pane of RemoteApp Manager, next to RDP Settings, click Change.

  3. On the Custom RDP Settings tab, type or copy the custom RDP settings that you want to use into the Custom RDP settings box.


    The RDP setting for authentication level is added into the Custom RDP settings box by default in Windows Server 2008 R2.

    To copy settings from an existing .rdp file, open the file in a text editor such as Notepad, and then copy the desired settings.


    You cannot override settings that are available in the global deployment settings in RemoteApp Manager. This includes settings such as RD Gateway server settings and common RDP settings. If you do so, you will be prompted to remove those settings when you click Apply.

    To create an .rdp file to copy the settings from, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection client, and then click Options.

    2. Configure the settings that you want, such as audio redirection.

    3. When you are finished, on the General tab, click Save As, and then save the .rdp file.

    4. Open the .rdp file in Notepad, and then copy the desired settings into the Custom RDP settings box on the Custom RDP Settings tab.

  4. When you have finished adding the settings that you want, click Apply.

  5. If the Error with Custom RDP Settings dialog box appears, do the following:

    1. Click Remove to automatically remove the settings that are either not valid or cannot be overridden, or click OK to remove the settings manually.

    2. After the settings are removed, click Apply again.

  6. To close the RemoteApp Deployment Settings dialog box, click OK.

For more information about RDP settings for Remote Desktop Services, see the Remote Desktop Services Technical Reference (