A few resources on Remote FX


Woody Walton 2010

Woody Walton

I presented a webcast for partners last week on Virtualization and management. Most of the virtualization content was around Hyper-V and I also mentioned the upcoming enhancemnts in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, which is now in "release candidate" state and can be downloaded here.  I was surprised at the nuimber of text based questions resulting from a brief overview of the new Remote FX technology.  I thought I would share a bit of the resources a referred the attendees to to get thier questions answered.

First of all, if you are not aquanted with Remote FX, you can read a brief, although dated description on the virtualization team blog entitled "Explaining Microsoft Remote FX", by pmorourke.

I have quoted the most salient paragraph below:

RemoteFX is not a new standalone product from Microsoft. Rather, it describes a set of RDP technologies – most prominently graphics virtualization and the use of advanced codes – that are being added to Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1; these technologies are based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies. So think of Microsoft RemoteFX as the ‘special sauce’ in Remote Desktop Services that users will be able to enjoy when they connect to their virtual and session-based desktops and applications over the network. With Microsoft RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN. Their desktops are actually hosted in the data center as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or a session virtualization environment (formerly known as Terminal Services). With RemoteFX, these users will be able to access their workspace via a standard RDP connection from a broad range of client devices – rich PCs, thin clients and very simple, low-cost devices.

You Should also hit the landing page on MIcrosoft.com http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/rds-remotefx.aspx and “What’s New in RemoteFX” at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=192437.

Now that you have a little better understanding you can read the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate Reviewers Guide.  Here you can learn about the system requirements an steps for evaluating Remote FX.

Notice Remote FX is a Server Role in the RC.

Another important resource is the SP1 deployment guide which contain Remote FX deployment considerations. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817650(WS.10).aspx.

All of this is a primer for the real meat and potatoes however. What you want to know is the same thing the partners in webcast wanted to know:  What about the hardware???

Well, check out

"Hardware Considerations for RemoteFX" at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff817602(WS.10).aspx.   I don;t want to be a spoiler, nut a few requirements for the virtualization host are:
1.) SLAT Processor
2.) GPU support for DirectX 9.0c and 10. if multiple GPUs they must be identical
Also although a little dated these step-by-step guides are quite helpful:

I hope this helps to get your gears turning about Remote FX and its application in your customers from a VDI or Session based solution perspective.  Good luck!



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