Sunday, August 15, 2010

RemoteFX coming in next SP of Win7 and Win2K8 R2

RemoteFX is an enhancement to RDP's graphics remoting capabilities. 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. RemoteFX does this via a technique known as host-based rendering, which means the entire final composited screen image is rendered on the remote host and then compressed and sent down to the client.

Look like Microsoft is beefing up its RDP-based virtualizaton offering - namely Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The goal of RemoteFX is to deliver the full modern Windows desktop experience to the remote thin clients while their desktops are actually hosted in the data center as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). And these virtual desktops must be hosted in Hyper-V.

We have been using Microsoft RDS to allow our network administrators to access their desktops and network management & troubleshooting tools from our standard locked down corporate PCs. And certainly, I'm looking forward to the next SP release, which promises the incorporation of RemoteFX. Probably, I should try out the beta release.

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