Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode


Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 has some new features for Virtual Machine Connection and Hyper-V, grouped by Enhanced Session Mode.

Enhanced Session Mode makes it easy to use a Virtual Machine with:

  • Different resolutions, including full screen mode
  • Audio
  • Local Printers
  • Clipboard
  • Smart Cards
  • Drives
  • USB devices

Client Hyper-V still does not supports Accelerated 3D graphics, Shared Folders, Autofit and Unity, as compared on my previous post Comparing VMware Workstation 9 with Client Hyper-V, but Enhanced Session Mode really improves usability.

Unfortunately, it only works with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 guest Virtual Machines.

Configuration

To enable it in Windows Server 2012 R2, you must “Allow enhanced session mode” and “Use enhanced session mode” on Hyper-V settings. Windows 8.1 makes it enabled by default.

Connection

To use it, just open Virtual Machine Connection for a Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine, and you will see:

And the options for using Local Resources:

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