by Will Wade

Last summer we told you about Microsoft’s beta Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack which included support for Microsoft RemoteFX; today we’re announcing  that Microsoft is releasing the public version of Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, and it’s available for download.

Also today, we’re releasing a new NVIDIA WHQL driver to support Quadro GPUs running on back-end servers with RemoteFX, for driving graphics on thin clients.  We’ve been working with Microsoft since their beta to enable the best virtual desktop experience with NVIDIA GPUs. 

You can now run NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000 and 6000 professional graphics cards, as well as the M2070Q server graphics module on RemoteFX to bring improved graphics performance to multiple users in a virtualized environment.   You’ll see improvements in activities from watching a video and creating or viewing 3D flash animations to video conferencing.

Quadro 4000, 5000, 6000, together side by side

Leading server OEMs, including Dell, HP, and IBM are all supporting Microsoft RemoteFX capable platforms with NVIDIA Quadro technology.  Together, we’re offering companies enterprise-class software and hardware reliability combined with NVIDIA GPU performance. This combination provides employees a much better user experience that can help increase their productivity.

The NVIDIA Quadro WHQL qualified drivers for Server 2008 R2 service pack 1 are available on the NVIDIA driver download page.  Additional driver updates will be coming in the near future to enable more users per GPU. Increasing the number of users per node, while maintaining acceptable performance, is key to providing an excellent total cost of ownership (TCO) proposition for companies that want to deploy these environments.

NVIDIA and Microsoft are focused on innovation, so let us know what you think of this and future updates in the comments below.

For more info, check out Microsoft’s blog post  in addition to Dell’s and HP’s blogs.