Thursday, September 19, 2013

Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V Generation 2 VM's Missing RemoteFX

Occasionally, this blog needs to address an issue from another realm of expertise.  There is a lot of political and economic news, but technology needs addressed.  Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 was recently released. It is the Windows Server version of Microsoft's new Windows 8.1 operating system, but is missing an important component.

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Since Windows Server 2008, Microsoft's server operating systems include the ability to create virtual machines (vm) through software called Hyper-V. A key benefit of Hyper-V is that instead of new computers requiring new hardware, new virtual machines can be created on one piece of hardware. Virtual machines are accessed via Remote Desktop protocol and can display full screen video, video games, or movies over the network or "from the cloud". Hyper-V uses RemoteFX to allocate the Windows Server's video capability to a remote desktop computer. The remote desktop computer is actually accessing a file on the Windows server, this file is a "virtual" computer or "vm".
The vm is actually a few files, some are configuration files and others represent virtual hard drives.

Windows Server 2012 R2 includes improved versions of Hyper-V and RemoteFX and launched an improved vm file format called Generation 2 (.vhdx). Generation 2 vm has a lot of cool new features but is missing something important. Generation 2 does not appear to support RemoteFX.

What is the deal here Microsoft? Here is a screen capture of a Windows 8.1 enterprise vm on one of my servers which includes other vms with RemoteFX on Generation 1 virtual machines. All the group policies have been checked. I want my RemoteFX.

RemoteFX missing from Generation 2 Hyper-V Virtual Machines
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Anonymous said...

I just found this one out the hard way.. Should have checked this before spending hours building a template VM I suppose.

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