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I have a Windows 7 VM running on a Hyper-V server. I connect to this VM from another machine (also running Win7).

Will my remote connection be able to benefit from the new RemoteFX features coming in in the next service pack for Win7/Server2008R2, or is this only for terminal service-type configurations?

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According to this paragraph:

For virtual desktops deployed on top of the Hyper-V virtualization platform in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, graphics hardware-assisted rendering of the screen content on the VDI host will ensure that even the most advanced applications today and tomorrow will “just work”.

The answer to your question is: yes, but I'm guessing there will be caveats (there always are).

You can find their hardware considerations here. The Hyper-V server will require a DirectX 10 compatible graphics card (Which could be a pain because 2008 R2 has a few known issues with the Hyper-V role and high-end graphics cards. We'll see if they've been fixed in SP1). Looks like you're going to need a LOT of video ram if you want multiple sessions at anything but 1024x768, and if you want to do live migration you'll need identical GPUs.

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The issues with Hyper-V and high end video cards appear to have been fixed in SP1. I didn't see anything in the release notes but I'm not having any issues with my setup (Nvidia Quadro 880). – paulwhit Dec 8 '10 at 20:42
One caveat is you seem to need Remote Desktop Services licenses for the host in order to turn on the RemoteFX Virtualization Host. – paulwhit Dec 8 '10 at 20:43
I amend my last statement - there is a different licensing model and the RD Virtualization Host can be configured to get licenses independently of the RD Session Host:… – paulwhit Dec 16 '10 at 9:17

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