Gettting Statred with RemoteFX

Microsoft RemoteFX is a remoting protocol that is designed to improve the visual capabilities of Windows 7 Remote Desktop clients connected through the Hyper-V role to a Windows 7 virtual machine. Improvements include many 3D graphics capabilities, some OpenGL, full motion video, and USB redirection support for Hyper-V Windows 7 virtual machines.

If you want to give RemoteFX a spin, there are some basics you need to know in order to get up and running. Benny Tritsch put together a really great article to get you going. Benny states, “the most common scenario for RemoteFX testing is a Windows 7 SP1 guest VM on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V host. Ensure that the Hyper-V server’s CPU is Intel EPT or AMD NPT capable. Intel Nehalem processors – such as Xeon X5540, Xeon E5530, Intel i5 or Intel i7 – and AMD Opteron 2356 are good sample processors. Hyper-threading needs to be enabled on the RDVH server.

Being able to take advantage of modern video cards with their powerful GPUs is one of the most important aspects of RemoteFX. Video cards officially supported for RemoteFX are:

  • ATI: ATI FirePro v5800, v7800 and v8800 series professional graphics
  • NVidia: Quadro FX 3800, 4800, 5800 and Quadroplex S4.

In a nutshell, the GPU must be compatible with DirectX 9.0 and – according to Microsoft – have a minimum of 1 GB of video RAM. You also need to disable the onboard video card on the Hyper-V server.

For full instructions on how to get started, continue reading at Benny’s Blog…

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