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With Windows 7 claiming to have better streaming of video and other media files, and with the new version of RDP client that comes with it - I would like to build a gaming computer that can be accessed via RDP session from smaller computers that do not have the grunt needed to run newer games. I've tried to do a bit of research about this but I can't find anything definitive (before I go and buy the hardware goodies). Any suggestions?

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If you want to stick to MS technologies the you are going to want to look into RemoteFX:

RemoteFX is a new technology included in Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 SP1 designed to improve the visual capabilities of Windows 7 Remote Desktop clients connected through the Hyper-V role to a Windows 7 virtual machine. Improvements include many 3D graphics capabilities, some OpenGL, full motion video, and USB redirection support for Hyper-V Windows 7 virtual machines.

For RemoteFX, I'm pretty sure you need Server 2008 R2 with a fat graphics card (or two) as the (Hyper-V) host you are running the Win 7 VM you want to game from.

There are similar technologies from Citrix and VMWare these days as well. But keep in mind this stuff is pretty much brand new this year, and so don't expect it to run nearly as smoothly as a dedicated gaming machine. :)

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RemoteFX on a Hyper-V server with a virutal Windows 7 computer seems to be the best way to do this. Apparently any Direct X card will run it... Will have to do some research into the option that won't cost the earth for a graphics card! Thanks! – The Woo Oct 24 '11 at 22:56

Rather than try to cobble together your own solution - which I don't think will work anyway - why not investigate emerging services such as on-live? On-live has mixed reviews, but it appears to be the best (only available?) service of it's type.

Remote gaming mainly depends on high-bandwidth, low-latency connections; even if you have these, RDP is still not designed for this purpose. Perhaps you can play some casual games this way, but not any serious games. Video streaming should be achievable - but not gaming.

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Whatever on-live is doing could and should be done locally to mitigate latency issues. A 1Gbit LAN is considerably more effective than the leading ISP speeds. (roughly 100Mb at best) – Enigma Jul 30 '13 at 20:45

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