Windows & Interoperability: RemoteFX Adds Dimension to Hyper-V VDI in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2010-08-24
 
 
 

RemoteFX Adds Dimension to Hyper-V VDI in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

by Cameron Sturdevant

RemoteFX Adds Dimension to Hyper-V VDI in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta

Overview

In the upper right you see the virtual machines I used to look at SP1. These VMs were running on a physical system with a professional-class graphics card that was used to support the new RemoteFX display features.

Overview

Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Virtual machines that are managed by the Connection Manager must be Aero capable to use the RemoteFX features including advanced graphics and advanced USB redirection.

Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Virtual Machine Pool

Here you see a couple of the VMs I created for remote use. In a production environment there would be a much larger number of systems here. However, even this small number is enough for IT managers who want to get an idea of the new features that are available in the SP1 beta.

Virtual Machine Pool

Remote Desktop Session Host Server

Session Host (formerly Terminal Services server) configuration provides basic connection information.

Remote Desktop Session Host Server

RemoteApp Manager

There isn't much new in the SP1 beta relating to RemoteApp setup. I did make a couple of basic utilities available in my test environment.

RemoteApp Manager

VM Settings

Here you see that I've just added the RemoteFX 3D video adapter to one of my test VMs.

VM Settings

Video Remoting

This is a known condition, so don't be alarmed. Once the RemoteFX video adapter is added to a VM it can't support a console connection. I would expect this to be corrected by the time SP1 exits beta development.

Video Remoting

Remote Desktop USB

Here you see that some USB devices (webcam, fingerprint reader, telephone headset) have been picked up by the RemoteFX USB support.

Remote Desktop USB

Available USB Devices

Here you see that the physical webcam on my test laptop is available for use inside the virtual machine.

Available USB Devices

Rocket Fuel