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Standard VGA Adapter on Xenserver Virtual Machine

Posted on 2014-03-05
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Last Modified: 2014-03-22
We just INstalled Xenserver and spun up a windows 2008 R2 vm. We now want to host Citrix Xenapp on this new VM. However, none of the products we want to run on this server are running very well and I think I attribute this to the fact that our Graphics card on the VM is showing up as a "standard VGA adapter". For example, we want to run some autocad applications on this VM but we can't enable hardware acceleration and I imagine it is because the graphics card is showing up as standard VGA. This is a proliant DL380 so I believe it has an intel graphics card. Do I need to install a  dispaly driver on the Virtual Machine that I just spun up?
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Korbus earned 2000 total points
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In order to use video hardware acceleration, yes, one must install the driver.
However, I'm not certain that a virtual machine will be able to take advantage of physical hardware acceleration like that- as it is running in a virtual hardware environment.
In addition, consider what happens when you have multiple users connected to citrix remotely.  They cannot ALL use that one system's hardware acceleration, it would just be too much to handle.

IMHO:  This is one of the main reasons citrix, and other RDP and cloud technology are NOT used for graphics-heavy work.  For heavy graphics work, there is simply no replacement for a quality workstation, at this point.

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