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    Remote Desktop Protocol Performance Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Learn about how performance has improved in RDP 7.0 compared to RDP 6.1, and analyze and understand the impact of these improvements on your current network infrastructure and end-user experience.
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      January 2010

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      Remote Desktop Protocol Performance Improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.doc

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        With the release of the Windows Server®°2008 R2 and Windows®°7 operating systems, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is more feature rich, enabling new presentation and remote-oriented functionality such as accelerated bitmap rendering, multi-media redirection streaming, and network topology awareness. As these features become integrated in the enterprise environment, it is important to analyze and understand their impact on your current network infrastructure and the end-user experience. This paper details the various RDP features and the potential improvements to usability and quality of the end-user remoting experience, as well as system deployment metrics. To test the impact of different features and compare RDP 7.0 to the previous RDP 6.1 version, we performed a variety of tests by using automated and simulation tools to demonstrate the user scenarios outlined in this white paper. These tests are broken down into two broad groups: a set that simulated a user working with actual Microsoft® Office applications at realistic speeds, and a set of multi-media scenarios that simulated a rich media environment commonly expected by today’s and tomorrow’s users.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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