ESXI 6.0 Sound and Video problems

I just rescently started working with a company that is running and ESXI 6.0 server with several windows 2008 vms and windows 7 pro and ultimate vms.

They use windows RDP to access the VMs.

Video playback and audio are extreamly choppy.

Are there any optimizations I can run on the VMs to improve this??  Or is there an alternivite to RDP I should use instead??

Curtis LongAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Firstly, Are you using the latest versions of RDP clients.

Have you selected and optimised the RDP settings in the client, select Show Options. Select Expierience, you can also reduce the number of channel, pipes required. Is this LAN or WAN usage ?

Secondly, this is to be expected, when using RDP without additional RemoteFX functionality to give a better end user experience.

This is not a VMware related issue.

You may want to consider using VMware Horizon View, and PCoIP for a better user experience.

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Curtis LongAuthor Commented:
Is there a good setup guide for Horizon??  Is there a cost involved??

Thanks for your comment/direction.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, there are large costs, it's designed for rollout of many desktops.
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Curtis LongAuthor Commented:
So is there an "Affordable" solution for 10 vms??
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If you have an extra vga card laying around you could put it in your ESXi host and use it for RemoteFX acceleration in your RDP server through VT-d.

I don't think it's a supported solution and you wouldn't be able to vMotion this VM as it would be stuck on the host having this card.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

If you are referring to VM Direct Path I/O or PCI Passthrough for the VGA card, very few graphics cards work in PCI Passthrough, apart from nVidia Grid K1, K2, and nVidia Quaddro, and some specific AMD GPUs. and the nVidia cards, are not cheap cards....

other's fail to pass through.

Also  RemoteFX requirements are quite specific. You can read this EE post, to check how compatible RemoteFX is with ESXi.
Hi Andrew,
I've so far had success with AMD R9-280 and and NVidia Quadro K4000. But you're right, I could have been lucky as there are known problems with many of the consumer grade cards. I'm also know a customer who is using a NVidia K1 (partition) in pass through mode (VT-d) for RemoteFX and it's working great.

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