Info: Most important Remote Desktop Services changes in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hi Folks,

i’ve looked out for all changes related to the changes in the Remote Desktop Services coming with Windows Server 2012 R2 compared to Windows Server 2012.

After looking around a little bit i found the most important ones:

1) RemoteFX Media Streaming improved to use up to 50% less network bandwidth.
2) RemoteFX Codec improvement to require less bandwidth for non-video content.
3) Full support for transparent windows like used in Office 2013.
4) Dynamic monitor and resolution change support.
5) DirectX 11.1 support for RemoteFX
6) Quick reconnect time, improved from up to 70 seconds to less than 10 seconds.
7) Session shadowing for a virtual machine-based desktop and RemoteApp.
8) Remote Desktop Services roles are now supported on a Domain Controller.
9) Nested RDP support (Session in Session)

Not directly RDS related:

1) Data Depuplication will now also support in use VHD(x) files.
2) Network Card Teaming will increase the total bandwidth.



P.S.: The registry tweak to show the Desktop session and also the RemoteApps in the RD Web Interface, if only one Desktop collection is used, will still work ([HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Terminal Server\CentralPublishedResources\PublishedFarms\Desktop\RemoteDesktops\Desktop] -> ShowInPortal set to 1).