Enabling RDP Audio in Windows Server 2008 R2

One would think that enabling audio would be simple in Server 2008 R2 but it took me awhile to find the right settings to enable it. In the past with Windows Sever 2003 and even with Server 2012 it seems fairly straight forward to enable audio but 2008 is a whole different story.

By default Windows Sever 2008 R2 has audio disabled for Terminal Services which for most people is acceptable as they don’t require audio in Remote Desktop. Audio and video within the RDP protocol is still barely acceptable for most, especially in low bandwidth deployments. I had to use two different guides online to figure this out so figured I one create a complete one.

So here’s my simple guide to enable audio:

1.) Launch Server Manger > Configuration > Services (Or type “services.msc “ in the command prompt)

2.) Enable both “Windows Audio” and “Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Properties” by right clicking the services and under the general tab change the Startup Type to “Automatic” and hit the start button. Do this for both serveries.

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3.) Type “tsconfig.msc” in the command prompt and launch the Terminal Services Configuration.

4.) Under Connections, right click “RDP-tcp” and select Properties

5.) Under the Client Settings Tab, under Redirections uncheck Audio to enable Audio redirection, hit apply and close everything out.

Audio - Terminal

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6.) Log off and log back in and listen to the sweet sounds of windows login.