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Does RemoteFX enable:

A) Thin client gaming over remote desktop using the server's resources (this would be very interesting, especially in light of Windows on ARM)
B) DirectX capable virtual GPUs for Hyper-V guests, similar to what VMware and VirtualBox do (much less interesting)
C) Both

Microsoft's RemoteFX page makes it sound like A and B are the same thing, or at least closely related, even though they're very different, so I really can't figure out what they're trying to say.
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It allows both those things. However you need to shell out quite a bit for workstation cards and only Windows 7 is supported as a RemoteFX VM at this time.

EDIT for clarifcation: A and B are the same thing. RemoteFX gives VM access to use the physical hardware on the host. However, I would not say it would be good enough for gaming. Playing back 1080p would work fine, flash games would work fine, but not real gaming.

By using RemoteFX, you're just logging into a virtual machine running a full blown OS. It'll be cheaper to just have a desktop with a gaming oriented GPU rather than a workstation card.
Edited by RussianGrimmReaper - 3/7/12 at 7:29am
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Hmm, I think I understand now, but just to confirm:

You cannot just install Skyrim onto bare metal Server 2008 R2 and then connect to it from a tablet and play away. It must be through a VM running on top of Server 2008 R2. Is that correct?
Edited by Peon - 3/7/12 at 7:06pm
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Hmm, I think I understand now, but just to confirm:
You cannot just install Skyrim onto bare metal Server 2008 R2 and then connect to it from a tablet and play away. It must be through a VM running on top of Server 2008 R2. Is that correct?

Well......... if you can figure out how to make it run through Terminal Services, you MIGHT be able to do that. But performance would be in the toilet. I'm talking powerpoint speeds.

But yes, RemoteFX allows for VMs to utilize the server's high-end workstation graphics card for rich media applications. It's sole purpose is so that you have a server with lots of Windows7 VMs running on it. And when people log into their domain account, instead of logging into their computer, it automatically RDPs into the Win7 VM. Since RemoteFX is running, you wouldn't even notice that it's a VM. You'd be able to watch YouTube and sometimes even HD movies through the VM. It would depend more on your network at that point though.
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