2013
08.19

… How do I enable remote desktop (Enhanced Session Mode) into a virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V?

I just set up a host for the first time in a while and was trying to connect into a VM and was wondering why the hell this wasn’t working.  I checked the ICs in the guest OS, I patched, I rebooted … and then I realised that I was being an idiot. 

Enhanced Session Mode is enabled by default in Windows 8.1 and it is off by default on Windows Server 2012 R2.  I turned it on and got the experience I expected.

You’d think an MVP would realize this.  Another well known MVP just confessed to me on Skype that he made the exact same mistake Smile

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  1. Nobody is perfect :-)

  2. Thanks for the heads up! Insupose this is microsoft allowing the ease of xonnectivity for those migrating VM guests to R2 with bo connectivity issues. As a transition step Windows server 2015(or whatever) will have it enabled by default to be in line with guest os’s.

  3. Used a windows phone for the above post, hence the typos. Not my fault.

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