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    Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS on Hyper-V

    In server 2003 it was recommended that if you virtualise a terminal server farm, each host would only be given a single core to work with. If you went multi-core, it would actually end up slowing everything down.

    However, I can't find any mention of such things with regards to Server 2008 R2 RDS session hosts.

    Am I right in thinking that RDS works better with multiple cores when virtualised, as it is somewhat designed for the purpose now?

    So, would a farm consisting of 2 virtualised hosts on 2 separate boxes work well with 6 virtual processors each and 32GB RAM? To cover about 80 thin clients? (All run from SSD on a shared storage device, working over 10GbE between the Hyper-V machines and the storage unit).

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    I would treat RDS servers just as you would any normal desktop PC and run them on the hardware direct without going through any VMs.

    Another Edugeek member and I have even built servers out of desktop PC parts to save on costs - Series: Custom RemoteFX RDS Farm « my world of IT

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    They're not getting hardware of their own. No way, no how.

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    As far as I recall they put all sorts of work into making it run fine on VMs.

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    I have an RDS farm and all servers which are Hyper V VMs are using 2 virtual processors. No issues.

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