Hardware acceleration in Windows VM on ESXi
I wasn't able to find an existing discussion and I'm not sure if it belongs right here in "Windows" but I decided to write it down here, because it's matching my environment.
I read the article about hardware acceleration and noted that this feature isn't possible in virtual machines due to not exposing "low-level video hardware to the guest operating system".
My PMS is running on a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine on ESXi 6.0 and I do have a Intel Quick Sync compatible CPU (Xeon E3-1225 v5).
- I configured DirectPath I/O for the integrated Intel HD Graphics P530 in ESXi and rebooted the hypervisor. This mandatory for configuring a PCI passthrough.
- After that I added a "new" PCI-device (obviosly, the Intel HD Graphics P530) to this vm.
Additional tasks were to let Windows Update find and install a driver and enabling hardware acceleration in Plex configuration.
Correct me if I'm totally wrong here or this is just a "cosmetic" bug, but...
According to the "Now Playing Tab", hw acceleration is working inside of a virtual machine and it would be the same procedure with AMD or NVIDIA GPUs, I suppose.