XP/VS Server & True Multimonitor Support

2021-06-14 12:33

"True Multiple Monitor" is supported by Thinstuff XP/VS Server, which means that remote-desktop-sessions can be distributed across mulitple monitors with high-resolution displays.

Span-Mode is known since Windows Vista, the remote-desktop-session can be display across mulitple monitor. This mode is also called "stretched" mode, because all monitors are connected together to a single, large monitor. There are a few disadvantages:
* Each monitor needs the same resolution and colour depth setting
* Task-bar will cover both monitors
* Popup dialogues will appear half on one, half on the other monitor

Since Windows 7 / 2008 R2 Multiple Monitors is supported. The client’s monitors can be arranged in any order with different resolutions.

Requirements Client-Side for Multiple Monitors

  • at least RDP-Client 7.0 or higher 
  • Resolution: provided that the total resolution per monitor must be under 4096 x 2048 pixels.  The resolution of displayed RDP-session can be configured in the Group Policy Editor (Computer Configuration/ Administrative Templates/ Windows Components/ Remote Desktop Services/ Remote Desktop Session Host/ Remote Session environment -> on the right pane select “Limit maximum display resolution”)

Requirements Server-Side for Multiple Monitors

  • “multiple monitor via RDP” till Windows 7 / 2008 (R2) and newer Windows editions 

How to start multiple monitor mode with your Microsoft RDP-Client

Start the RDP-client, switch to tab “Display”

Another possibility is to start with the command prompt (Start - Run - Enter: cmd)
Span mode:                              "mstsc /span"
Mulitple monitor mode:             "mstsc /multimon"

How to start multiple monitor mode with Thinstuff TSX Connection:

As alternative you can install our own, free RDP-Client TSX RemoteApp Connection. Here you can easily enable the function for multiple monitor mode or span-mode.

Switch to tab "Display" - you have two possibilities:
* Span-Mode
* Muliple Monitor Mode

Use all my monitors for the remote session
Enabling this feature the remote-desktop-session is displayed in two or more seperate monitors (also with different resolution) and it automatically positions dialogue boxes and windows, so that they do not appear in the middle of the two monitors.

Span display
Will span the display over the monitors as discribed aboth.

Further information and pictures you will find here: Using Multiple Monitors in Remote Desktop Services

Tags: display, Multimonitor, multiple monitor, Remote Desktop Connection, resolution, span mode, TSX Connection