SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has some cool VDI enhancements

Microsoft recently released SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. In this service pack are 2 cool new features directly related to desktop virtualization:

  1. Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V
  2. RemoteFX

Dynamic Memory lets you increase virtual machine density with the resources you already have-without sacrificing performance or scalability. In Microsoft’s lab testing, with Windows 7 SP1 as the guest operating system in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenario, a 40% increase in density from Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM to SP1 was observed. This increase was achieved simply by enabling Dynamic Memory.

RemoteFX is an exciting technology that lets you virtualize the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) on the server side and deliver next-generation rich media and 3D user experiences for VDI. RemoteFX is also enabling new low cost ultra-thin client devices to enter the market. Together, these technologies will drive down the end-point cost and reduce endpoint power consumption to as little as a few watts.

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