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How to Enable Audio in My Windows VPS Server?

How to Enable Audio in My Windows VPS Server? What is RDP? Find out the answers to these questions and much more in today's blog.

28 May, 21 by Antoniy Yushkevych 4 min Read

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The virtual nature of the Windows VPS does not allow you to play any audio by default. If you are thinking of connecting additional speakers to fulfill your purpose, then we are sorry to disappoint, but that won’t be helpful. In order to accomplish this task, proceed further in the article!

You can redirect your VPS audio to your local computer system with the help of Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP. 


Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol is a network connection protocol. It helps you to remotely access the virtual desktop computers or applications from any device from any location.

Now, let us move towards understanding the process to enable audio on Windows VPS.


Let us run you through the steps by implementing them on Windows Server 2016. To redirect your VPS audio to your local system, having a running Windows Audio Service is mandatory. The Desktop Experience feature imbibes Windows Audio service. 

Now, there is no pre-installed Desktop Experience in the Windows servers. Therefore, to avail the benefit of audio service, install the Desktop Experience feature in your system. Take a look at the following steps in order to achieve your desired goal:

  1. Go to your Server Manager.
  2. On the left side, hit Features. Then click on Add Features.
  3. A Select Features window pops up, click on Feature Summary and then Add Features.
  4. In the Features list, you will see the option, Desktop Experience, select install.

Check out the snapshot for some visual aid.

Now that your system is endowed with the Desktop Experience feature, let us configure the audio in the Windows VPS server.

  1. After logging into the remote machine through your Remote Desktop, hit Windows key + R to initialize the Run menu.
  2. Type services.msc in the text box and press enter as shown below.

  1. You will see the Service window on your screen, here you have to search for Windows Audio. 

  1. Now, click right on it and then select Properties. The Windows Audio Properties page appears in front of you. Select Automatic in front of the Startup type text box. Then hit start and then subsequently press apply. 


Now, you have successfully enabled the audio service. After that, just follow these next steps to redirect sounds in the Group policy.

  1. After you have configured the Windows Audio service, allow sound and audio redirection in the group policy. Simply write group policy in the search bar as shown below. Once you finish typing, tap on the Edit group policy option.

  1. Next window, Local Group Policy Editor pops up. 

  1. Now, click on Configuration, then Administrative Templates, and finally Windows Components. Take a look.

  1. Next, you have to tap on Remote Desktop Services. After that, click on Remote Desktop Session Host and lastly on Device and Resource Redirection. Tap on the first option stating, Allow audio and video playback redirection.

  1. The Allow audio and video playback redirection wizard box appears, click on Enabled, as shown below.

  1. Click on OK and then Apply.
  2. Now, simply reboot your server and when you come back, check your notification bar. You will see the sound option. You have successfully completed the server settings. The last step is to check if the RDP client allows the sound playback option or not. 
  3. For that, open your Remote desktop client. Tap on Local resources. After that, under apply Windows key combination, do not forget to select the option stating, Only when using the full screen. Now, tap on Settings.

  1. Now, simply click on the option, Play on this computer.

That’s it! Congratulations, your work is done here. The VPS sounds will play on your local computer through the established RDP connection now.

Antoniy Yushkevych

Master of word when it comes to technology, internet and privacy. I'm also your usual guy that always aims for the best result and takes a skateboard to work. If you need me, you will find me at the office's Counter-Strike championships on Fridays or at a.yushkevych@monovm.com