Earlier today I gave a talk at the BCS Jersey on building solutions with Microsoft’s virtualisation technologies. I covered USV, App-V, MED-V V2, RDS, VDI, Hyper-V, SCVMM, tools such as MAP and naturally could not miss out things like Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.
The first demonstration I gave was on RemoteFX and for those who could not be there, I have posted a screenshot below with a quick guide of what’s needed.
In my demo I showed a film running, Aero themes and a web camera working on the Virtual Desktop. I did load a 3D game in my personal virtual desktop but for the demo i did not show it. We talked about business benefits for USB redirection etc.
So is VDI ready for people like me?
I heard Brian Madden (author and independent desktop virtualization expert) has confined himself to using VDI for 2 months which you can read about here. I look forwards to hearing about the results.
That must be awful, you can see below an example of what that VDI pain could be like with RemoteFX…
watching films while playing a 3D game with a USB redirected webcam and microphone to chat to mates and brag about high scores. “Bring back the boss key I say”
RemoteFX certainly makes VDI a rich user experience and multi-tasking is no problem (for the computer)
Here’s briefly what I needed to do to get the above working.
Have a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Virtualization Host with a Windows 7 RemoteFX enabled SP 1 Guest. The instructions for that are at the end of this post.
For USB redirection
In Group Policy on my client, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Connection Client\RemoteFX USB Device Redirection, and edit “Allow RDP redirection of other supported RemoteFX USB devices from this computer.”
Choose to allow redirection for administrators or administrators and users
Close Group Policy and reboot for the changes to take effect
In the Remote Desktop Connection I have made the following 3 changes
1) Selected the Experience tab and changed the performance setting LAN
2) Selected the Local Resources tab, under Local devices and resources, selected More, then confirmed the devices for redirection.
3) Still in the Local Resource tab under Remote Audio, selected settings the select Record from this computer.
That’s pretty much it, just logged in via RDP and enabled aero themes.
The kit used?
Shuttle with a core i5 processor, 16GB ram & NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT with the latest drivers
Windows 2008 Standard R2 SP1 with the Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Virtualization Host Role and RemoteFX
A HP Touchsmart tablet with integrated webcam running Windows 7 64-bit and Service Pack 1
That’s about it.
Today talk was good fun and I have received some really positive feedback, I’d welcome speaking engagements anywhere, have shuttle, will travel .
For full instructions on setting up RemoteFX on a single host see the TechNet guide here.