To provide redirection to virtual desktops for clients that are using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.1 or earlier, you must specify an alternative server name on the Redirection Settings tab in the Virtual Desktops Properties dialog box in the Remote Desktop Connection Manager tool. For information about configuring redirection settings for virtual desktops, see Configure Redirection Settings for Virtual Desktops.

To configure an alternative server name, you must create a DNS host resource record for the alternative server name that maps the alternative server name to the IP address of the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server that is configured to provide redirection to virtual desktops.


The alternative server name that you choose is arbitrary. However, ensure that the name you select for the alternative server name is not a name that is already used by any other network resource in your environment or that is already registered in DNS.

The following procedure provides the steps to configure DNS on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based domain controller.

You must be a member of the Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins, or the DnsAdmins group to complete this procedure.

To add a DNS entry for an alternative server name
  1. Open the DNS snap-in. To open the DNS snap-in, log on to a computer where the DNS snap-in has been installed, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.

  2. Expand the server name of the DNS server that you want to configure, expand Forward Lookup Zones, and then expand the domain name.

  3. Right-click the appropriate zone, and then click New Host (A or AAAA).

  4. In the Name (uses parent domain name if blank) box, type the alternative server name.

  5. In the IP address box, type the IP address of the RD Session Host server that is configured to provide redirection to virtual desktops.

  6. Click Add Host.

  7. When you are finished, click Done.

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