One of the advantages of using a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) deployment using Windows 10 images is the availability to use instances with a Graphics Card (GPU) attached to the deployment. Deploying a GPU in Windows Virtual Desktop can be done on demand, compared to a traditional Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployment where adding a GPU to the host hardware is a costly and time consuming process.
There are dedicated GPU instances of Windows 10 Multi Session instances that can be deployed, once created the GPU drivers for the instance will need to be installed for the host operating system to access the GPU hardware. Once the drivers have been installed on the host device a Group Policy to set the hardware GPU as the default graphics adaptor. The final item to setup for the GPU to work effectively is to enable the option to use the GPU for accelerated frame encoding as default, if this is not set the Remote Desktop does not use the GPU for this encoding.
For a more detailed post regarding the GPU setup on a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment and a video demo of GPU Instance in action see the blog post Windows Virtual Desktop GPU setup and Testing on Ryan Mangans IT Blog.
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