I’ve been developing some tutorials for our users on local network and posting them on our Sharepoint Intranet. Most of our users use Windows Terminal Server 2003 to connect to the Intranet though, and by default sound on Windows Terminal Server is disabled.
By the way, if you are trying to do this enable sound on Windows Terminal Server 2000 it is not possible as the Remote Desktop Protocol used in Windows Server 2000 does not support it.
There are two ways that you can enable sound on Windows Terminal Server 2003. One is through Terminal Services Configuration on the Terminal Server, and the other is through the Group Policies. Depending on how you have Group Policies configured you may need to do both. In this tutorial we will look at the first option:
Enable the Sound on the Windows Terminal Server
Enabling the sound on the Windows Terminal Server is a simple, four step process.
- In Terminal Services Configuration, click on “Connections”
- Double-click RDP-Tcp
- Click on the “Silent Settings” tab
- Clear the check-mark from the Audio mapping box
Below is a screen shot of the configuration window:
This setting will now apply to all new Windows Terminal Server sessions, but the individual clients will also need to enable the feature on their local computer.
Enable the Sound in Remote Desktop Client
- Open your Remote Desktop Client
- Click on the “Options” button
- Click on the “Local Resources” tab
- Change the “Remote Computer Sounds” dropdown to “Bring to this Computer”
- Then apply the changes.
Here is a screen shot of that configuration window:
Then after connecting you should be able to hear audio.