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Windows 7 SP1: RemoteFX. Steps to provide the same user experience as though they were running on a physical computer

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

The RemoteFX feature allows Windows 7 SP1 and applications running in virtual machines to provide the same user experience as though they were running on a physical computer.

The RemoteFX feature also allows remote users to redirect local USB devices to their Remote Desktop sessions.( I will talk about this in my next article )

The following steps will help you understand how RemoteFX improves the user experience when running Windows 7 and applications in a virtualized environment :

1. Install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • Verify that the appropriate device drivers have been installed for the 3D accelerated video display adapter.Unless the appropriate device drivers are installed for the 3D accelerated video display adapter, you cannot start the Windows 7 virtual machine with the RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter Support enabled
  • Install the Hyper-V server role.
  • Install the Remote Desktop Services server role with the following role services:

 Remote Desktop Virtualization Host
 Core Services
 RemoteFX

 

2.Install Windows 7 SP1.

  • Enable Remote Desktop connections
  • Shutdown the Windows 7 virtual machine.

3. Enable RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter Support on Windows 7 Virtual Machine.

The RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter Support must be added to the Windows 7 virtual machine by performing the following steps on the computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:

  • Start Hyper-V Manager.
  • In Hyper-V Manager, select the Windows 7 virtual machine and in the Actions pane click Settings.
  • In the navigation pane, under the Hardware section, click Add Hardware.
  • Add the adapter; start the virtual machine; verify that the adapter is installed and then restart the machine.
  • In the properties pane, click RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter, and then click Add.
  • The RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter appears in the list of hardware in the Hardware section as show in the following figure.
  • Start the virtual machine; verify that you can login and that you have loaded the driver. The VM will ask to be restarted at this point, perform the restart.

4. To checkout that RemoteFX is properly installed and configured :

  • Start the virtual machine running Windows 7 SP1.
  • Establish a Remote Desktop session with Windows 7 SP1 by using the Remote Desktop Connection client in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • On the Local Resources tab(Remote Desktop Connection client), in Apply Windows key combinations, select one of the following:
    • Only when using full screen. Select this option if you are going to run the Remote Desktop session in full screen.
    • On the remote computer. Select this option if you are going to run the Remote Desktop session in a window.
  • On the Experience tab, in Performance section, select LAN (10Mbps or higher) and verify that all the check boxes are selected.

  • Log on Windows 7 SP1.
  • Change the theme for the Windows 7 to use an Aero theme. The desktop theme should appear with all the Aero features, such as transparency.

As you can see the RemoteFX feature allows Windows 7 SP1 and applications running in virtual machines to provide the same user experience as though they were running on a physical computer.

 

Other improvements in Windows 7 SP1 :

· Additional support for communication with third-party federation services – Additional support has been added to allow Windows 7 clients to effectively communicate with third-party identity federation services (those supporting the WS-Federation passive profile protocol).
·  Improved HDMI audio device performance – Updates have been incorporated into SP1 to ensure that connections between Windows 7 computers and HDMI audio devices are consistently maintained.
· Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents – Prior to the release of SP1, some customers have reported difficulty when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents (documents containing pages in both portrait and landscape orientation) using the XPS Viewer, resulting in all pages being printed entirely in either portrait or landscape mode. This issue has been addressed in SP1, allowing users to correctly print mixed-orientation documents using the XPS Viewer.

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Short list of Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions

October 13, 2010 1 comment

And how you can use them in your organization:

VDI: Enables users to access their personalized Windows desktops hosted on servers. For many organizations, virtualizing desktops within the datacenter is seen as an excellent means to provide a centrally-managed Windows desktop to connected users. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8d454921-72d6-45b4-b6ba-ac1c26d337bd

Session Virtualization: Makes it possible for you to run an application or an entire desktop in one location, but have it be controlled in another. Session virtualization allows you to install and manage session-based desktops and applications, or virtual-machine based desktops on centralized servers in the datacenter; deliver images to users, and send keystrokes and mouse movements from user client machines, in turn, back to the server. From a user perspective, applications are integrated seamlessly—looking, feeling, and behaving like local applications. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc742806.aspx

 MED-V: Provides you with the ability to deploy and manage virtual Windows desktops to help enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows, without having to worry about application compatibility. MED-V provides organizations the ability to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning, and centralized management. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ff433588.aspx

App-V: Helps you make business applications available to end users on any authorized PC. App-V decouples applications from the OS and helps to eliminate application-to-application incompatibility, as applications are no longer installed on the local client machine. In addition, application streaming expedites the application delivery process so that your IT department no longer needs to install applications locally on every machine. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ee958103.aspx

RemoteApp: Enables programs that are accessed remotely through Terminal Services to appear as if they are running on the end user’s local computer. Users can run RemoteApp programs side by side with their local programs. A user can minimize, maximize, and resize the program window, and can easily start multiple programs at the same time. If a user is running more than one RemoteApp program on the same terminal server, the RemoteApp programs will share the same Terminal Services session. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc755055.aspx

Data and User Settings: Utilizes folder redirection and roaming profiles to enable you to make the user’s personal profile and data available dynamically on any authorized PC, and to back up personal profiles and data to the datacenter. http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc732275.aspx

To find more about, visit :  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gg276319.aspx?ITPID=insider

Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies.

Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

Windows 7 XP Mode : hotfix if your computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
 
 
If you receive the message “This computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization,” your computer does not meet the hardware requirement for Windows Virtual PC, but you can still use Windows 7 XP Mode by running this hotfix.
 
Be aware that XP Mode will run much better if hardware-assisted virtualization can be enabled.
 
If you receive the message “Hardware-assisted virtualization is not enabled on this computer,” turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS
 

If you receive the message “This computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualization,”  download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.