Remote Desktop Protocol is the same multichannel protocol many people already use to access their work computer from their home computer. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) uses RDP to transmit data.

Microsoft RDP is a supported display protocol for remote desktops that use virtual machines, physical machines, or shared session desktops on an RDS host. (Only the PCoIP display protocol is supported for remote applications.) Microsoft RDP provides the following features:

  • With RDP 6, you can use multiple monitors in span mode. RDP 7 has true multiple monitor support, for up to 16 monitors.

  • You can copy and paste text and system objects such as folders and files between the local system and the remote desktop.

  • 32-bit color is supported for virtual displays.

  • RDP supports 128-bit encryption.

  • Users outside the corporate firewall can use this protocol with your company's virtual private network (VPN), or users can make secure, encrypted connections to a View security server in the corporate DMZ.


For Windows XP desktop virtual machines, you must install the RDP patches listed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles 323497 and 884020. If you do not install the RDP patches, a Windows Sockets failed error message might appear on the client.

Hardware Requirements for Client Systems

For information about processor and memory requirements, see the "Using VMware Horizon Client" document for the specific type of client system. Go to


Mobile client devices use only the PCoIP display protocol.