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RemoteFX vastly improves the user’s visual experience during a remote desktop session (RDP). RemoteFX lets users enjoy high-quality media support, audio-synchronization, graphics, and RemoteFX USB redirection.
Remote desktop RemoteFX quality is so exceptional, that it almost perfectly resembles what it’s like to work directly on a locally connected machine.
Calista Technologies were the innovators that developed RemoteFX, but Microsoft soon acquired the company, and further refined RDP RemoteFX to its current version.
Released in 2011 as part of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows, Microsoft RemoteFX delivers graphics hardware support to Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).
RemoteFX vGPU was one of many innovations that RemoteFX protocol brought to the table. By permitting VMs to “tap” physical graphic processing units (GPUs) and present them as virtualized graphic processing units, RemoteFX vGPU enables hardware acceleration in virtual machines (RDP sessions).
Other Remote Desktop RemoteFX features include:
Redirected to a client machine via MMR, users could enjoy supported media types streamed on their Local Area Network (LAN). The following list outlines missing features that users should be aware of:
Massive enhancements were introduced to the RemoteFX features thanks to the release of Windows 8, and Windows Server 2021. New features were also developed like RemoteFX Adaptive Graphics, RemoteFX Multi-Touch, RemoteFX Media Redirection AP, and RemoteFX for WAN.
With the release of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016, the RemoteFX Windows 10 version had multiple new improvements, e.g. MMR was replaced by Microsoft RemoteFX Media Streaming, as MMR still failed to support all video format types.
Adversely, RemoteFX Media Streaming melded broad video format support and H.264 codec into one, establishing host-side redirection and rendering capabilities.
Microsoft RemoteFX Media Streaming Features and Benefits
In Windows Server 2012, and subsequent releases (RemoteFX in Windows 10), RemoteFX was designed with more default features that made it simpler and easier to use.
The host machine’s Hyper-V server needs a “non-server core setup” that excludes any media codecs before connecting RemoteFX with a vGPU (virtual graphical processing unit).
No additional configuration is necessary to enable RemoteFX Media Streaming (or any other RDP service).
Other RemoteFX requirements are:
Even though GPUs with OpenGL/OpenCL is supported and provide full-functionality, it is strongly advised to only use graphics cards designed to work within a professional workstation.
Windows Enterprise editions are the only versions able to support a RemoteFX virtual graphics adapter.