I have a very quiet, efficient server that mainly serves files all day, which I control over RDP. The regular remote desktop client allows one to play sound locally (on the connecting computer/device).
I would like to be able to connect to the server from my Nokia N900 to play music streams on the server, which is connected to a stereo system, but the N900 remote desktop client doesn't have a setting to control sound playback and therefore "steals" the audio output from the server.

So my question is this: is there a way to force local (on the server) audio playback on my server during an RDP session?
(Switching to VNC or similar is something I'd like to avoid for now.)

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The RDP protocol allows sound to be muted/local/remote whilst VNC just pulls the screen to you.

You have two choices -

  1. Find an alternate RDP client that fully supports the protocol, allowing you to leave sound at the machine.

  2. Install VNC or an alternate remote application.

  • Although I'm worried that your answer is the only correct one, I'll hold out on accepting it for a little while. To my knowledge another RDP client is not available...
    – oKtosiTe
    Feb 11, 2011 at 17:17
  • After looking around for a little bit, I found quite a decent VNC client for my N900: Presence VNC. VNC it is. Thanks.
    – oKtosiTe
    Feb 11, 2011 at 17:39

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