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I am experimenting with an Amazon EC2 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter. I would like to have the machine run a theme (preferably Aero) other than Classic. Is there an alternative app to mRDC that would let me show a theme over RDC?

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I'll replicate my other comment, in case it helps others:… tells how to enable Aero in 2008R2 ("Desktop composition" in the Server Manager), which is important if this is gonna work. – Marcus Chan Feb 1 '13 at 18:52
I'm not sure it supports desktop composition, but looks promising. Although I tried to compile it once, and failed. I think it needs the sacrifice of newborns or something to compile on OS X. – Feb 2 '13 at 7:22
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I know only of one alternative to mRDC which is Cord. But I'm not sure whether Cord supports themes.

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I use iTap mobile RDP which supports composition (you may have to enable it in the connection's settings).

It's not free, but does come with a trial.

As far as Mac RDP clients go, this one's the best I used. It's been stable for me, but since I bought it from the Mac App Store one update has gone out to fix bugs that some users were experiencing.

I would recommend it after using the trial, to make sure it works well for you.

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