Remote Desktop Connection
2X RDP Client is able to connect to multiple Remote Desktop computers using an RDP connection. To connect to a desktop click ‘File’ and select ‘New Connection...’
In the Connection Settings area, enter the Server name or IP address, in the ‘Primary Connection’ field.
Check the ‘Auto Logon’ box to enable the 2X RDP Client for Mac to connect automatically instead of displaying the logon page every time you need to connect the Remote Desktop Connection.
Enter the ‘Username’, ‘Password’ and ‘Domain’ as shown below.
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.
Span desktop across all monitors – Enable this option to span the published desktops across all connected monitors.
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.
From this tab you can define a program to launch when a session with the remote computer configured in the ‘Connection’ tab is started. To do so, enable the ‘Start the following program on connection’ option and configure the below:
- ‘Program path and file name’ - Type the path and file name of the program that you want to run after the connection is created.
- ‘Start in the following folder’ - Optionally, type the path to the working directory of the program.
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.
Select the Network Tab to configure your network settings so you will be able to connect to the 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.
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
‘Connect to Console’ - Enable this option to connect to the console session of the Remote Desktop.
‘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.ż
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’.