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How To Configure RemoteFX USB Redirection: A Definitive Guide

Olga Weis Olga Weis Jul 26, 2021

RemoteFX USB redirection enhances default RDP device redirection features. RemoteFX USB device redirection creates a convenient and fully functional user experience for those operating numerous types of USB devices remotely.

One of the most appealing RemoteFX USB passthrough features is that installing device drivers on client computers isn’t at all necessary. Additionally, all devices work via a universal interface, thus supporting an array of devices that include: all-in-one printers, scanners, webcams, human interface devices, and many more.

This article will discuss how to enable RemoteFX USB redirection and demonstrate just how easy it is to implement a high-quality USB device passthrough to your workflow.

How to enable RemoteFX USB redirection In Windows 10

Follow the below steps to enable the RemoteFX USB redirection feature (which is disabled by default).
Run gpedit.msc to configure RemoteFX USB redirection locally on a client machine

Note: Open Group Policy Management Console via Active Directory Group Policies if the centralized configuration is needed.
After creating and configuring a new policy (see screenshot below), link the policy to the Organizational Unit of the target machine’s location.
Open: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client\RemoteFX USB Redirection.
Set the following option to “Enabled”: “Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices from this computer”.
 enable remotefx usb redirection
Specify which users have RemoteFX USB device redirection permission.
Click OK and close the policy editor window.
 user access remotefx usb
Run “gpupdate /force” to update the machine’s policy.

Compatible OS versions:

  • Windows 7 utilizing Service Pack 1 (SP1) or newer.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 using Service Pack 1 (SP1) or newer.
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Configuring RemoteFX USB redirection on Windows Server

  1. Using an RDP file, log into a Windows Instance.
  2. Open the Server Manager.
  3. Click “Add roles and features” from within the Server Manager window. server manager add roles
  4. In the “Add roles and features” pop-up window, click the Next button to visit a new page called: “Select installation type”.
  5. Select “Role-based or feature-based installation” from the “Select installation type” page.
  6. Select Next.
  7. On the “Select destination server” page, click Next without modifying or editing the default configurations.
  8. Choose Remote Desktop Services on the “Select server roles” page. add remote desktop services
  9. Click Next.
  10. Leave the default configurations as they are and click Next twice.

    Note: While still on “Select role services”, check the following boxes:

    • Remote Desktop Session Host
    • Remote Desktop Connection Broker
    • Remote Desktop Licensing

  11. Click Add Features in the pop-up window. add remote desktop features
  12. Hit Next -> Install.
  13. Restart the computer once the installation is finished.
  14. Search for “gpedit.msc” and open the "Local Group Policy Editor".
  15. From the navigation tree on the left, select: “Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Device and Resource Redirection”.
  16. Double-click “Do not allow supported Plug and Play device redirection”. allow plug&play device redirection
  17. Choose the Disabled option and click “OK” in the pop-up window as shown below. disabled do not allow plug and play device redirection
  18. Finally, apply the settings and restart the machine.
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How to use RemoteFX USB Redirection feature

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection manager. open remote desktop
  2. Enter the IP address of the Windows server in the “Computer” field.
  3. Click the “Show Options” button. remote desktop show options
  4. In the “Local Resources” tab, select More from "Local devices and resources". remote desktop local resources
  5. Check the boxes under “Other supported RemoteFX USB devices” and click OK. configure remotefx usb device redirection
  6. Click Connect.
  7. Enter the admin credentials and hit OK to log into the Windows instance. admin credentials windows instance
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