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Pop Quiz: Windows 7 and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures

Applies to the "Planning and Managing a Client Life Cycle Strategy" objective of Exam 70-686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

Q: A company's IT engineering team is in the planning stage of a Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for their Windows 7 deployment. The team would like to provide a rich 3-D experience for all client computers (including thin clients). Which technology or service should receive top consideration when providing a rich 3-D experience?

  1. RD Gateway
  2. RemoteFX
  3. RD Session Host
  4. RD Virtualization Host

Answer and explanation is below.

Answer is B: RemoteFX is available in Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host role service. It requires a SLAT-enabled processor and dedicated graphics processor units (GPUs) on the server.

Quick Tip: The number of monitors and resolution will determine the amount of video memory required on each GPU.


Bonus Question: ImageX is a Windows 7 deployment tool that can be used to capture, service, modify, and update images. Where can an IT Pro obtain a copy of ImageX? (Tweet your answer with #pop686a and get a chance to win a rare MCPmag.com baseball cap! Deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 3.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerators team that enables IT Pros to quickly configure and manage computers using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

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