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June 16, 2008

How I get the server I want: #2 Getting sound in Hyper-V

Filed under: How to,Virtualization,Windows Server,Windows Server 2008 — jamesone111 @ 12:13 pm

Before I start – lets be clear THERE IS NO SOUND CARD IN A HYPER-V VMimage

Good. Now that’s out of the way lets talk about how we get sound in a Machine without a sound card – and this applies to a physical server too.

Sitting in it’s rack in the data-centre there is no reason why a server should have a sound card, and not much need for it. When you run applications via terminal  services you might very well want sound and so the Remote Desktop client (MSTSC.EXE has an option "Bring Sound to this machine"

Although Hyper-V connection use the same RDP protocol under the surface, this behaves as though it is plugged into the VM’s graphics card, it’s not a "remote desktop" session, so to get this to work you need to have Remote Desktop (Or full on Terminal Services installed).

You need to start the Windows Audio Service on the remote server. If it’s not running when you log in you won’t get any sound in that session, so if you start it from remote desktop connection, save yourself some grief and log out.

RDP-Sound Once you’ve done that you can turn on the the volume control and you should see that a "pseudo" sound card is installed.

So now my demonstrations of Hyper-V include using Terminal Services Remote App in the Parent partition to run PowerPoint PowerPoint with sound from a Child VM.

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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