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Mastering VMware Horizon 6 by Peter von Oven, Barry Coombs

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Hardware-accelerated graphics for Horizon View

Early versions of virtual desktop technology faced challenges when it came to delivering high-end graphical content, as the host servers were not designed to render and deliver the size and quality of images required for such applications.

Let's start with some history and background to this subject. Technology to support high-end graphics was released in several phases, with the first support for 3D graphics released in vSphere 5, with View 5.0 using software-based rendering. This gave us the ability to support things such as Windows Aero feature, but it was still not powerful enough for some of the really high-end use cases due to this being a software feature.

The next phase was to provide a hardware-based ...

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