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Enable Audio Recording for Windows Guests

The user console now supports audio recording using RDP for the following:

  • Client is using RDP 7 (Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 with latest RDP client)
  • Guest supports RDP 7 (Windows 10, 8.1, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, or Windows 2008 Server R2 Datacenter Edition 64-bit)

A group policy and registry setting and possible group policy is required in the Gold Image to enable recording.

Windows 8.1, 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 allow redirection of audio recording into a Remote Desktop Session using Remote Desktop Connection. For Windows 8.1 and 7, the Allow audio recording redirection policy does not need to be enabled to allow audio recording redirection, unless it was explicitly disabled. To confirm its status, review the following setting:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

fDisableAudioCapture REG_DWORD 0 | 1

The setting is disabled by default (1).

Start the Windows Audio Service

Configure the audio settings for Windows Server R2 and Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 by performing the following steps:

  1. From the VERDE Management Console, check out the Windows Gold Image.
  2. From the User Console, log into the image as administrator.
  3. On the remote desktop session host, open the Services snap-in. Select Start > (Control Panel for Windows 7) > Administrative Tools > Services.
  4. If the User Account Control dialog is displayed, confirm the desired action and select "Yes."
  5. In the Services pane, right-click on "Windows Audio," and select "Properties."
  6. On the General tab, in the Startup type box, select "Automatic," then "Apply."
  7. Under Service status, select "Start."
  8. Select "OK" to close the Windows Audio Properties dialog box.
  9. Confirm the "Status" column for the Windows Audio service displays "Started."

Enable "Allow Audio Recording Redirection" in Group Policy

To allow audio recording redirection when connecting to a computer running Windows 2008 Server R2, enable the "Allow audio recording redirection" Group Policy setting in the following location:

Computer Configuration\Policies\AdministrativeTemplates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Device and Resource Redirection

This can be configured by using either the Local Group Policy Editor or the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

For more information about Group Policy settings for Remote Desktop Services, see the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services Technical Reference.