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I need to project multiple outputs (dashboards etc.) tiled on an 80 in screen.
 
1. Can virtual machines (Hyper-V / VMware) use the ports on a 4 port HDMI Card i.e Nvidia NVS 510 independently
2. Can virtual machines (Hyper-V / VMware) use 4 seperate HDMI Cards in a server independently

Possible scenarios - server 2008 R2 using a board with 4 PCI slots or a multi-port HDMI card (NVS510)

A separate third party device to control throughput.
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by:bbao
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IMHO, for both Hyper-V and VMware worlds, HDMI ports on board CAN'T be shared as a resource of host. hence, the guest VMs CAN'T see the HDMI ports this way.

however, if the HDMI ports are via USB, i believe they CAN be 'seen' by guest VMs as basically USB resources CAN be shared by the host.

the HDMI ports however are always the host's resource, can be available for the host anyway.
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Thanks. Do you or anyone on - have experience with this type of a setup using either the Matrox M9188 or NVidia NVS 510? Alternatively any feedback of performance with 4 HDMI pci cards?
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by:bbao
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sorry i personaly have no experiences in these products.

basically, what's your ultimate goal in dealing with the multiple display adapters? to give a dedicated screen for each individual VM running on Hyper-V or VMware?
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Exactly. Best hardware - software combination ???
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at first, i think you do need one or more multi-display graphics cards you mentioned above in order to support multiple screens on the host computer, and you need HDMI adapters to connect to the screen, if required.

secondly, as explained above you no need to change any VM's configuration against the HDMI. you may simply move a running VM to the preferred screen, then choose FULL SCREEN to expand the VM to use the whole screen. do the same for the next VM and so forth. that's it.
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