Everybody is talking about Dynamic Memory feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and not lots of people are mentioning another great feature, called Remote FX. So, not to repeat all of Microsoft engineers and their explanations, here is quotation from Microsoft virtualization team blog on RemoteFX:
Two years ago, Microsoft acquired Calista Technologies where I came from – a startup that set out to create technology that allows remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience over a network as with a locally executing desktop. This experience includes full-fidelity video with 100% coverage for all media types and highly-synchronized audio, rich media support including Silverlight and 3D graphics, and of course Windows Aero. Today, Microsoft announced during its Desktop Virtualization Hour that Microsoft RemoteFX, a platform feature being developed for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will bring a rich, connected user experience to the virtual desktop market. So what is RemoteFX, and how are Calista and RemoteFX related?
For full article, please visit Virtualization Team Blog. Now, lets see how to test it!
If you want to try it yourself, all you need is Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (beta at this time). After installing Hyper-V role, you will need to install Remote Desktop Virtualization Host service which is part of Remote Desktop Service. After you restart Hyper-V server, it is time to install SP1 to your virtualized Windows 7 guest and then add RemoteFX video adapter and configure it. It is very important that you initiate remote desktop connection to virtualized Windows 7 from Windows 7 SP1 machine. Now, you are ready to test its possibilities. I wanted to show you demo myself but unfortunately, during my testing something went terribly wrong and my Windows 7 virtual machine wouldn’t start up. Well, that’s what happens when you play with beta releases. Since I did not have more time to repeat this test, down bellow you can see part of a video which shows how RemoteFX speeds up video playback or Silverlight animations. Complete video can be viewed here (24 minutes long).