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  • Not sure if this question was asked before but i did not see it. 

    I plan on buying a new computer with compatible RemoteFX specs.  I had a question about playing the games while directly connected into the Windows 2008 R2 SP1 server.  I am sure i can not play the game through windows 2008 R2 since it is a server OS but what i would like to do is to play the game on the 2008 R2 box through Hyper-V on a Windows 7 install VM, consoled in, is this possible?  Would that console be able to play the game in full screen?  Would i be able to RDP from the 2008 R2 box into the Windows 7 OS (the Hyper-V'ed VM) to play a game?

    Basicly i would like to have one computer to be my server and to also play my games, with windows 2008 R2 being the only OS installed.  I know i can dual boot but do not want that since then i would have to reboot and change OS's all the time.

    Thanks,

    -Jeff

    Friday, April 1, 2011 10:31 PM

Answers

  • First - I game on my Hyper-V server desktop all the time without problems (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/01/17/using-hyper-v-for-a-high-end-desktop-computer.aspx).  I really have to look hard to find a game that does not run.

    Second - you can run most games inside of VMs with RemoteFX.  The big problem - however - is the control of those games.  You will have a lot of problems using the mouse because it is going through terminal services.  This means that:

    • "edge bumping" on the screen (like when you want to move around a map on a strategy game) does not work.
    • Games that use the mouse for camera control (e.g. most first person shooters) just go crazy

    The best thing to do is to use the USB redirection support in RemoteFX to pass through a joystick / XBOX controller.  If you can play the game using the keyboard and / or joystick then you should be good to go.


    Cheers,
    Benjamin Armstrong
    ============================
    Windows Virtualization
    Senior Lead Program Manager

    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use.
    • Marked as answer by jramsier Saturday, April 2, 2011 2:58 PM
    Friday, April 1, 2011 11:47 PM

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  • First - I game on my Hyper-V server desktop all the time without problems (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/01/17/using-hyper-v-for-a-high-end-desktop-computer.aspx).  I really have to look hard to find a game that does not run.

    Second - you can run most games inside of VMs with RemoteFX.  The big problem - however - is the control of those games.  You will have a lot of problems using the mouse because it is going through terminal services.  This means that:

    • "edge bumping" on the screen (like when you want to move around a map on a strategy game) does not work.
    • Games that use the mouse for camera control (e.g. most first person shooters) just go crazy

    The best thing to do is to use the USB redirection support in RemoteFX to pass through a joystick / XBOX controller.  If you can play the game using the keyboard and / or joystick then you should be good to go.


    Cheers,
    Benjamin Armstrong
    ============================
    Windows Virtualization
    Senior Lead Program Manager

    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties, and confers no rights. You assume all risk for your use.
    • Marked as answer by jramsier Saturday, April 2, 2011 2:58 PM
    Friday, April 1, 2011 11:47 PM
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    Saturday, April 2, 2011 2:58 PM
  • Benjamin,

    When you run game on a Hyper-V server desktop like what jramsier state (windows 2008 server R2 sp1, play the game on the 2008 R2 box through Hyper-V on a Windows 7 install VM),  did you able to turn on video setting - anti aliasing in any of the game?

    Thank,

    Thursday, June 9, 2011 1:38 PM
  • (Forgive any technical mistakes, I'm a home user, not a virtualization specialist)

    Hi Ben,

    My first post here, just to thank you for clarifying RemoteFX's shortcomings for games. I couldn't find that sort of info anywhere else!

    It's a real shame that the mouse controls are messed up. Is this something that could be worked around somehow in the future or is it technically impossible?

    I also have a question about performance (also something I didn't see addressed elsewhere). How much performance would I lose (in %) by running a game in a guest compared to the host? 5%? 10%? 50%?


    Sunday, December 4, 2011 4:23 AM
  • Hi Benjamin,

    I need your help with server 2012 R2, i am trying to setup Hyper-V Gaming with Remote FX i have Nvidia Telsa M2090Q and enabled  WDDM mode on it

    when i am trying to install the RDS role Virtualization Host , it does not get installed and server reboots.

    Please help me with this.

    Monday, July 28, 2014 10:36 AM
  •   Hi brother,

      I also ran into similar issue. So I can at least guide to conclusions I was able to make.

      a) Check server manager log to upload here so people can identify where the installation of the role failing and rolling back.

      b) Clean Install Windows Server OS (that fixes automatically, that option I took to test out RemoteFX)

      When you do your test only Tesla M2090Q please do let us know you feedback on performance. On my test bed on Win2008 R2 RemoteFX the performance was not good enough on virtualized instance. I could hardly manager to play Witcher II game at good details. Rendering software is not an option in that case.


    Shahid Roofi

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:39 PM