Microsoft Remote Desktop Update Mac

  • Curious about the new releases for the macOS client? Check out What’s new for Remote Desktop on Mac?
  • The Mac client runs on computers running macOS 10.10 and newer.
  • The information in this article applies primarily to the full version of the Mac client — the version available in the Mac AppStore. Test-drive new features by downloading our preview app here: beta client release notes.

Get the Remote Desktop client

  1. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from the Mac App Store.
  2. Set up your PC to accept remote connections. (If you skip this step, you can’t connect to your PC.)
  3. Add a Remote Desktop connection or a remote resource. You use a connection to connect directly to a Windows PC and a remote resource to use a RemoteApp program, session-based desktop, or a virtual desktop published on-premises using RemoteApp and Desktop Connections. This feature is typically available in corporate environments.

What about the Mac beta client?

Add a Remote Desktop connection

  1. In the Connection Center, click +, and then click Desktop.
  2. Enter the following information:
  • PC name — the name of the computer.
  • This can be a Windows computer name (found in the System settings), a domain name, or an IP address.
  • You can also add port information to the end of this name, like MyDesktop:3389.
  • User Account — Add the user account you use to access the remote PC.
  • For Active Directory (AD) joined computers or local accounts, use one of these formats: user_name, domainuser_name, or user_name@domain.com.
  • For Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined computers, use one of these formats: AzureADuser_name or AzureADuser_name@domain.com.
  • You can also choose whether to require a password.
  • When managing multiple user accounts with the same user name, set a friendly name to differentiate the accounts.
  • Manage your saved user accounts in the preferences of the app.
  1. You can also set these optional settings for the connection:
  • Set a friendly name
  • Add a Gateway
  • Set the sound output
  • Swap mouse buttons
  • Enable Admin Mode
  • Redirect local folders into a remote session
  • Forward local printers
  • Forward Smart Cards
  1. Click Save.

Export and import connections

  1. In the Connection Center, right-click the remote desktop.
  2. Click Export.
  3. Browse to the location where you want to save the remote desktop .RDP file.
  4. Click OK.
  1. In the menu bar, click File > Import.
  2. Browse to the .RDP file.
  3. Click Open.

Add a remote resource

  • The URL displays the link to the RD Web Access server that gives you access to RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.
  • The configured RemoteApp and Desktop Connections are listed.
  1. In the Connection Center click +, and then click Add Remote Resources.
  2. Enter information for the remote resource:
  • Feed URL — The URL of the RD Web Access server. You can also enter your corporate email account in this field — this tells the client to search for the RD Web Access Server associated with your email address.
  • User name — The user name to use for the RD Web Access server you are connecting to.
  • Password — The password to use for the RD Web Access server you are connecting to.
  1. Click Save.

Connect to an RD Gateway to access internal assets

  1. In the Connection Center, click Preferences > Gateways.
  2. Click the + button at the bottom of the table Enter the following information:
  • Server name — The name of the computer you want to use as a gateway. This can be a Windows computer name, an Internet domain name, or an IP address. You can also add port information to the server name (for example: RDGateway:443 or 10.0.0.1:443).
  • User name — The user name and password to be used for the Remote Desktop gateway you are connecting to. You can also select Use connection credentials to use the same user name and password as those used for the remote desktop connection.

Manage your user accounts

  1. In the Connection Center, click Settings > Accounts.
  2. Click Add User Account.
  3. Enter the following information:
  • User Name — The name of the user to save for use with a remote connection. You can enter the user name in any of the following formats: user_name, domainuser_name, or user_name@domain.com.
  • Password — The password for the user you specified. Every user account that you want to save to use for remote connections needs to have a password associated with it.
  • Friendly Name — If you are using the same user account with different passwords, set a friendly name to distinguish those user accounts.
  1. Tap Save, and then tap Settings.

Customize your display resolution

  1. In the Connection Center, click Preferences.
  2. Click Resolution.
  3. Click +.
  4. Enter a resolution height and width, and then click OK.

Drive redirection for remote resources

Microsoft Remote Desktop Macos

Use a keyboard in a remote session

  • The Command key on the Mac keyboard equals the Windows key.
  • To perform actions that use the Command button on the Mac, you will need to use the control button in Windows (e.g.: Copy = Ctrl + C).
  • The function keys can be activated in the session by pressing additionally the FN key (e.g.: FN + F1).
  • The Alt key to the right of the space bar on the Mac keyboard equals the Alt Gr/right Alt key in Windows.

Support for Remote Desktop gateway pluggable authentication and authorization

Microsoft Remote Desktop Update Mac Os

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