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Solved: How to enable sound on VMware ESX / ESXi clients


My colleague asked me the other day, why he did not get any sound through remote desktop on one of our terminal servers. Nothing that I really thought about before, so I googled the subject a few times, I came to the following and correct me if I'm wrong.


  • If you have a hardware based sound card with the appropriate drivers. You will be able to add a virtual sound card on the client, where the sound is ported out to the physical sound card. RDP will works as usual.
  • If you do not have a hardware based sound card. Then you will not get the option to add a virtual sound card on the client. Which means, you will not get any sound through RDP.

To solve the problem of sound through RDP

1. Open the editor for the local Group Policy by running: gpedit.msc

2. Go to: Computer Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Remote Desktop Services \ Remote Desktop Session Host \ Device and Resource Redirection and enable: Allow audio and video playback redirection

Posted by Ronny Jensen

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