Configuring 2X RDP Client for MAC and Connections

Configuring 2X RDP Client for Mac

When launching the 2X RDP Client you will be prompted to add a new 2X Connection. If you need to configure multiple 2X Connections, click on File menu and then choose New Connection’.

2X RDP Client for MAC is able to connect to multiple farms*.

2X Connections

Whether you are adding a new 2X Connection for the first time, or if you are adding an additional connection, the Connection Properties Dialog Box opens so that you are able to fully configure your connection. All existing connections will show on the Info tab on the left hand pane, as shown above.

Configure already existing connections by selecting a connection from the left-hand pane and click ‘Connection Properties’. We will now explore the configuration options available for 2X Connections below.

Connection Tab

From the Connection Settings area, enter the Server name or IP address, in the Primary Connection field. This should be the name or IP where the 2X Secure Client Gateway resides.

In the ‘Connection Mode’ field there are four types available:

  • Regular Gateway Mode:  Clients are connected with the 2X Secure Client Gateway and the session connection is tunneled through the first available connection. This mode is ideal for servers which are only reachable via the gateway and do not require a high level of security.
  • Direct Mode:  Clients first connect to the 2X Secure Client Gateway for the best available Server and then connect directly with that particular Server.  This is best used when the client and the server are on the same network.
  • SSL Mode:  Connection is made as in the regular gateway mode, but the connection is encrypted.
  • Direct SSL Mode:  This connection is created as in the Direct Mode option, but the connection to the 2X Secure Client Gateway is encrypted.

NOTE:  In order to connect through the 2X Secure Client Gateway you will need to set the port number that was configured on the 2X Secure Client Gateway Port on the Connection Settings page. (Default Gateway Port 80/443)

Logon Panel

Check the ‘Auto Logon’ box to enable the 2X MAC Client to connect automatically instead of displaying the logon page every time you need to access the 2X Connection.

Enter the ‘Username’, ‘Password’ and ‘Domain’ as shown below.

Display Tab

Select your preferred resolution from one of the options available in the ‘Color Depth’ drop down list. You can set the connection to use the available area, a predefined resolution, full screen or a custom resolution. If you select ‘Custom’ you will have to enter the width and the height in the enabled text boxes. The user can also change the following settings:

Graphics Acceleration - Click the dropdown to select the graphics encoding from between RemoteFX, Basic and None. ‘RemoteFX’ generates the best quality images however is not suitable for high latency environments. ‘Basic’ is the better option for high latency environments(bad network performance), however requires additional processing power to support the additional compression. ‘None’ does not compress, nor enhance the quality of your remote session, therefore the most taxing option on your network but least on the client computer.

Use primary monitor only – Enable this option when the Client is using dual monitor setup to show the published applications on the primary monitor.

Span desktop across all monitors – Enable this option to span the published desktops across all connected monitors.

Printing Tab

In this section you can configure the Printing Settings used in the current connection.


You can configure the technology to be used when redirecting printers to remote computers. You can select one of the following:

  • None’ – Select this option if you don’t want any printing redirection to be configured.
  • 2X Universal Printing technology’ - Select this option if you want to use 2X Universal Printing technology when redirecting printers to the remote computer.
  • Microsoft Basic Printing Redirection technology’ - Select this option if you want to use Microsoft Basic printing technology when redirecting printers to the remote computer.
  • 2X Universal Printing and Microsoft Basic redirection technologies’ - Select this option if you want to redirect printers using both 2X Universal Printing and Microsoft Basic redirection technologies.

Additionally configure the driver used for ‘Microsoft Basic Printing Redirection technology’ by clicking the ‘Microsoft Basic Printing Redirection’ > ‘Configure’ button to bring up the configuration window shown below.

When printing, the following destination settings may be performed:

  • Select Destinations – Selecting this option would allow the user to select a specific printer from the combo box to be redirected. All local printers connected to the client may be redirected by selecting ‘All Printers’ from the list.
  • Driver - A specific driver may be selected when choosing to redirect a specific printer. This can be done from the ‘Driverlist available.
  • Open PDF in Preview – Select this option to view the document to be printed in PDF format.

Please note that the settings will be applied when the next connection is established with the server. Current connections will not have the settings adjusted.

2X Universal Printing

In this section you can configure the settings for 2X Universal Printing if this technology was previously selected.

Click the ‘Redirect printers’ dropdown and choose which printers to redirect by selecting one of the options below:

  • All’ - All client side printers will be redirected.
  • Default only’ - Only client Mac default printer will be redirected.
  • Specific only’ - Only the selected printers from the list will be redirected.

Default Printer Settings

Click ‘Change Default Printer Settings...’ to configure the default printer settings from the screen shown below:

The default printer list shows the available printers that are ready to be redirected by the client to the remote computer. The list also includes the printing technology that the available printers will use. The technology reflects the setting selected as described in the section ‘Technology’. For example, if the technology was set to 2X Universal Printing technology, only the printers using the 2X Universal Printing technology will be listed.

To disable the default printer, select ‘<none>’ from the list. To redirect the default local printer on the client side to the remote computer, select <default local printer> from the list.

When custom is selected, you can specify a custom printer which might be installed on the remote computer. The first printer that matches the printer name inserted in the custom text box, will be set as the default printer on the remote computer.

Select ‘Match exact printer name’ to match the name exactly as inserted in the custom text box.

Note that the remote printer name might differ from the original printer name. Also note that local printers might not be redirected due to server settings or policies.

Local Resources Tab

In the Local Resources tab you can specify the sound functionality. You can configure the local Disk drives and Printers, to redirect them to the remote computer. Options available in the ‘Remote Computer Sound’ dropdown include:

  • Bring to this computer – Selecting this option, the sound playing on the remote computer will be played on the local computer.
  • Do not play – Selecting this option, no sound would be played.
  • Leave at remote computer – Selecting this option, sound would be played only on the remote computer but not on the local computer.

Configuring Disk drives

Enable ‘Disk drives’ and click Configure… in order to add Folders to be redirected to the remote computer as illustrated below.

Click the + to add a folder from the logical drives seen by the operating system so that it will be redirected to the remote computer upon the next connection.

To remove folders from the list shown above, select  the folder and click -’ button.

Experience Tab

The Experience tab allows you to tweak the connection speed to optimize the performance of the connection with the remote host.

If you are using a connection to a remote computer in a local network that runs at 100Mbit or up, it is usually safe to have all of the experience options turned on.

Network Tab

Select the Network Tab to configure your network settings to be able to connect to 2X Remote Application Server using a proxy.

To be able to connect to a Proxy Server, check the ‘Use Proxy Server box. The following are different proxy connection types that can be used:

SOCKS4 – Enable this option to transparently use the service of a network firewall.

SOCKS4A – Enable this option to allow a client that cannot connect to resolve the destination host’s name to specify it.

SOCKS5 – Enable this option to be able to connect using authentication.

HTTP 1.1 – Enable this option to connect using the standard HTTP 1.1 protocol connections.

After selecting a connection type, the Proxy Host (domain name or IP Address) and port number have to be specified.

For SOCKS5 and HTTP 1.1 connections, authentication has to be enabled, check the Proxy Requires Authentication checkbox, and enter user credentials.

Provide username and password if the proxy server requires authentication.

Authentication Tab

From the authentication tab you can define how the client handles failed authentication.

There are three ways authentication failure can be managed:

  • Connect - the user can ignore the certificate of the server and still connect.
  • Warn - the user is alerted about the certificate and still has the ability to choose whether he wants to connect or not.
  • Do not connect - the user is not allowed to connect if he is not authenticated.

Advanced Settings Tab

Redirect URLs to this computer – Enable this option to use the local web browser when opening ‘http:’ links.

Redirect Mail to this computer – Enable this option to use the local mail client when opening ‘mailto:’ links.

‘Use pre Windows 2000 Login format’ - Enable this option to use ‘domain\user’ as login format to log into your remote desktop computer.

‘Network Level Authentication’ - Enable this option to use network level authentication which requires that the client authenticates itself before connecting to the server.

The ‘Override computer name’ field should be the name that your computer will use during a Remote Desktop session.

If set, this will override the default computer name. Any filtering set by the administrator with 2X Remote Application Server will make use of the ‘Override computer name’.


In the main window of the MAC 2X RDP Client, click ‘Options’ button to display the following dialog box.

Advanced Tab

These settings add additional options for tweaking how the interface is presented and sorted as described below:

Show connections Enabling this option would lead the 2X Connections created to be visible on the left hand side. Disabling this option, would hide the 2X Connections and show published resources for the current connection as shown above.

Do not warn if server certificate is not verified – When connecting over SSL, and the certificate is not verified, a warning message will be displayed. You can disable this warning message by enabling this option.

Auto Sort Connections’ - When enabled, all connections will be sorted by name.

Auto Sort Application Listing’ - When enabled, all applications will be sorted by name.

Create shortcuts on configured server’ - For each published application, the administrator can configure shortcuts on the clients’ desktop. With this option one can choose to have or not to have these shortcuts.