Gartner Research

Microsoft RemoteFX (RDP8) Protocol and User Experience: In-Depth Assessment

Published: 14 February 2013

ID: G00245703

Analyst(s): Gunnar Berger


SHVD (VDI) and SBC interest has increased due to greater user mobility and efficiency needs. Protocol features and performance remain differentiators among competing products and often influence product selection. This document reviews Microsoft's RDP8 protocol used in Windows 8 and Server 2012.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Protocol Features
    • Basic Protocol Features
    • Networking Features
  • User Experience Enhancements
    • Client Redirection
    • USB Redirection
    • Device Redirection
    • Intelligent Device Redirection
    • Unified Communications
    • Other Features
  • 3D Experience Features
    • Graphics Rendering
  • WAN Optimization Features
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Check Bandwidth and Latency on WAN Links
  • Use QoS on All RDP8 Implementations
  • Test Multiple Users Simultaneously When Testing WAN Scenarios
  • Consider a Different Architecture If Latency Is Greater Than 250 ms
  • Be Careful When Choosing Client Types
  • Recommendations for Microsoft
    • Increase Client Development
    • Expand UC Vendor Support
    • Add Multicasting Support to the Protocol
    • Create a Community-Run USB Support Site

The Details

  • TCP and UDP

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