Tracking RDP Bandwidth on Windows Server 2012: First Hotfix Released!

In two previous posts this year (Part 1 and Part 2), we disclosed that due to the integration work related to RemoteFX technologies in Windows Server 2012, it was no longer possible to obtain RDP bandwidth information on a session by session basis on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Generates Two Hotfixes

Fortunately, after our identification of this bug and follow-on advocacy, Microsoft agreed to generate two Hotfixes to restore this functionality. Today, with much happiness, we can announce that the first Hotfix has been released and is available for download!

Note well that this first Hotfix only will work on the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 codebase. There will be a subsequent hotfix released later this year for the Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 codebase.

The Symptoms . . .

In the article ID, Microsoft explains the symptoms corrected by this hotfix:

When you try to use the WTSQuerySessionInformation Remote Desktop Services API function to obtain information about incoming bytes (WTSIncomingBytes) or outgoing bytes (WTSOutgoingBytes) for a Remote Desktop session on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, the return value is always zero bytes.

Thanks Microsoft Support and Development Teams!

We’d like to give a hearty thanks to the support and development teams at Microsoft that made this happen. Good job, guys!

Remote Desktop Reporter Helps Gain Insight On RDP Bandwidth Consumption With Windows Server 2012

Now, since this hotfix is available, wouldn’t now be a great time to deploy our Remote Desktop Reporter tool to gain insight on RDP bandwidth consumption in your RDS farm, and find out which users are the heaviest consumers of it?

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