How to enable RemoteFX USB Redirection

RemoteFX USB redirection complements the native Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) device redirection features in order to provide users with a complete experience when managing different types of devices in a remote session.

Key Features of RemoteFX

The following are some of RemoteFX for WAN’s important features:

Advantages of RemoteFX USB Redirection

One of the main advantages of this feature is that no driver installation is required for USB devices on the client computers and all of them will work through a universal interface. This solution supports a large set of devices, including all-in-one printers, human interface devices, scanners or webcams.

This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled by performing these steps:

  1. To configure it locally in a client PC, run gpedit.msc
    For a centralized configuration through Active Directory Group Policies, open the Group Policy Management Console, create a new policy and once you have configured it as shown below, link it to the Organizational Unit where target machines are located.
  1. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client\RemoteFX USB Redirection
  1. Set “Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices from this computer” option to Enabled
  1. Set who should have RemoteFX USB redirection rights and click OK, then close the policy editor

RemoteFX USB Redirection

  1. Update the machine’s policy by running gpupdate /force

Requirements for RemoteFX USB Redirection

The complicated configuration that RemoteFX necessitates is likely to be your biggest challenge. Additionally, you must ensure that:

As you can see, there are a lot of conditions that must be satisfied in order to activate the RemoteFX USB redirection feature.

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