Using Windows Server 2012R2 remoteFX with vmware vSphere

Hi folks,

We are planning a new remote desktop services farm using Windows Server 2012 R2 on our vsphere cluser.
I can't find any complete information if there is finally a possibility of using RemoteFX or a comparable alternative technology on vsphere (5.5 or 6.0)

Does someone have experience in that?

Thanks for any help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need to use a Bare Metal hosts to host your RemoteFX - Hyper-V VDI hosts.

1. you will need a GPU on the RemoteFX HCL (passthrough)
2. you will also need Hyper-V hypervisor.

You can run Hyper-V nested under VMware vSphere, but performance will be poor, and it's not supported.

or switch and use VMware Horizon View.
windows-itAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Thanks for your answer.

We don't want to use Hyper-V and VMware View. Is there another way?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
RemoteFX is an extended function of RDP, when using Hyper-V VDI.
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windows-itAuthor Commented:
I know. Therefor I asked for "a comparable alternative technology on vsphere"... would there only be VMware Horizon View as alternative?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can compare the VDI technologies in this Whitepaper, which is hosted here:-

the following are comparable to RemoteFX

VMware Horizon View (PCoIP)
Citrix XenDesktop (Citrix ICA/HDX)
Citrix VDI in a Box  (Citrix ICA/HDX)
Dell vWorkspace (Quest EOP, xRDP)

these are all compared in the whitepaper, and are compatible with VMware vSphere unlike RemoteFX which needs Hyper-V.

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windows-itAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot Andrew!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no problems!
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