RDP Session Freezes for a few seconds and than continues

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RDP Session Freezes for a few seconds and than continues

L2 Linker

Hi all,

We are having an issue with RDP sessions.

We recently moved the traffic from a L3 switch to our Palo NGFW and since then Occasionally, RDP sessions freezes for only a few seconds and than continue regularly. 

We tried app-override to see if it app-id related, but that didn't solve the issue.

We also tried to change registry values according to this article https://live.paloaltonetworks.com/t5/general-topics/rdp-freeze-fix-globalprotect/td-p/335816 but still not solved.

I would say that it happens on a specific segment. It seem to be working well on other segments (Through the FW).

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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L2 Linker

Hi all,

Thanks for the help.

At the end we opened a case with TAC and they found the problem and the issue was solved.

We had application override that changed the ms-rdp app to rtcp app.

With rtcp app the ttl was 180 s while with the ms-rdp it was much higher and that was the reason the session was freezed (apparently it happened every time the system was idle which explains the ttl difference).

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Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


If the device is not super constrained for resources and its still occurring, you could try to disable the  server response inspection feature in the policy that is being used for the traffic. the check box in under the Actions tab when editing the policy.

Might help.



The device is not super constrained for resources and its still occurring in a lot of RDP sessions.

We did see counters for interfaces on the FW showing increased rcv_fifo_overrun.

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


I've found that I get better RDP performance through PAN when you disable the ability to use UDP. Might want to try that on a machine that you're having an issue with and see if that goes away. 

Thanks for the suggestion.

We already tried that but it seems that the issue still persists.

We created a custom-rdp app and placed it in an app override policy rule. that didn't solve the issue as well. 

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