Step 3: Configuring Remote Desktop IP Virtualization

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

In this section you will configure the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server (RDSH-SRV) to use Remote Desktop IP Virtualization.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Session Host server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To configure Remote Desktop IP Virtualization for per program virtualization

  1. Log on to RDSH-SRV as CONTOSO\Administrator.

  2. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

  3. Under the RD IP Virtualization heading, double-click IP Virtualization.

  4. Click the Enable IP virtualization check box.

  5. In the Select the network adapter to be used for IP virtualization box, select the appropriate network adapter.

  6. Under the IP virtualization mode heading, ensure that the Per program option is selected.


If your computer has more than one network adapter, you must choose per program. Using per session Remote Desktop IP Virtualization with more than one network adapter installed on the computer is not supported.

  1. Click Add Program, navigate to %windir%\system32, where %windir% is the directory where Windows is installed.

  2. Click cmd.exe, and then click Open.

  3. Click OK.

You have configured Remote Desktop IP Virtualization. Now you can proceed to Step 4: Verifying Remote Desktop IP Virtualization Functionality.