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The world's fastest Graphics-Accelerated Desktop Virtualization solution with full DirectX 11 3D support!

Thincast Workstation is a powerful remote virtualization solution for Windows 64-bit with full DirectX 11 3D support. Thincast Workstation can run multiple operating systems as virtual machines on a single computer. You can access and manage them locally, remotely and even share them with others using the remote desktop protocol (RDP).

Features

Thincast V3D
Virtual 3D

Thincast V3D is a graphics virtualization technology which unleashes the full 3D power of your host GPU to your virtual machine:
  • 3D hardware acceleration:
    • DirectX 9/10
    • DirectX 11
    • DirectX 12 (Under development)
  • GPU sharing (Use a single GPU for multiple VMs)
  • Hardware accelerated video decoding (D3D11 and DXVA1/2)
  • Youtube video hardware acceleration in your favorite web browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox.

Thincast VDS
Virtual Desktop Streaming

Thincast VDS uses the hardware encoding power of your host GPU to stream your virtual desktops over RDP to any device:
  • Remote gaming support
  • Audio/Microphone redirection
  • Adaptive bandwidth adjustment
  • Uses the industry standard H.264 codec
  • Remote clipboard and file transfer
  • Fully compatible with every RDP client

Multi-user Access

Allows multiple users to view and access the same virtual machine simultaneously. This means that teams are able to work and collaborate more efficiently and independently of their location. Mutli-user access provides all features of Thincast VDS, like audio and clipboard redirection, for all participating parties.

Remote Management

In combination with our Thincast Client you can manage your virtual infrastracture remotely. Simply access, start and stop the virtual machines on your host from anywhere. If your host is in the same network scope you don't need any configuration at all thanks to our auto discovery feature.

Technical Specifications

System requirements

Architecture
The host system must have a 64-bit Intel or AMD processor with 2.2 GHz or faster core speed. Multiprocessor systems are supported.

Memory and storage
The minimum memory required on the host system is 2 GB. 4 GB and above is recommended. Thincast Workstation needs at least 300MB of available disk space for the application.
We recommend to use a SSD hard drive as storage for the virtual machines.

Graphics card
Thincast Workstation provides full DirectX 11.2 support inside the guest operating system. This allows you to use your 3D applications with the same smooth and visual experience as running them on physical hardware.

In order to use hardware acceleration inside the VM your graphics card must support at least DirectX 11. Please note that the GPU software drivers must support DirectX 11 Feature Level 11.0. The following list shows supported GPUs but is subject to driver support for your operating system:

  • AMD® Radeon HD 5000 series or higher
  • Nvidia® GeForce 400 series or higher
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 or higher
If your hardware doesn't meet these requirements you are still able to run and use your VMs. Thincast Workstation will simply fall back to use software drawing for graphics operations. However please note that this results in much lower performance and you might be unable to run certain applications in the guest.

To improve performance for remotely accessed VMs, Thincast Workstation is able to offload encoding of the remote display stream to the graphics card. The following graphics cards are supported:

  • AMD® Radeon HD 7000 series (with AMF support) or higher
  • Nvidia® GeForce 600/700 series (with NVENC support) or higher
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 or higher

Latest graphics card driver on the host system are required! ³

³ Do not update your host's GPU driver or disable the GPU in your host's device manager while a guest machine is running on Thincast Workstation, otherwise the guest will crash.

Host operating systems

Thincast Workstation Beta requires a 64-bit Windows operating system with latest Service Packs installed:

  • Windows 7 ¹ / 8 / 8.1 / 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 ¹ / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2012 / 2016 ²
¹ Unfortunately there are some technical limitation on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which decreases the performance of Thincast Workstation significantly. Therefore we highly recommend to upgrade your operating system to a Windows 8.1 or better!

² Please be aware when Microsoft Hyper-V role is installed on a Windows Server 2016 no other virtualization solution will work because Hyper-V is exclusively using the hardware virtualization layer feature VT-D!

Guest operating systems

Thincast V3D (Virtual 3D) is supported on following guest operating systems:

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2016

Downloads

Beta

Thincast Workstation

Version 1.1.651  •  Windows  •  121.38MB


Thincast Client already included.

Beta

Thincast Client

Version 1.1.651  •  Windows  •  121.38MB

Thincast Client for Windows, MacOS & Linux.

User manual

Need help getting started? If you want to learn more about Thincast Workstation, just download or visit the user manual.

FAQs

Simple answers to the most common questions.

  • Supported operating systems

    Host operating systems

    Thincast Workstation Beta requires a 64-bit Windows operating system with latest Service Packs installed:

    • Windows 7 ¹ / 8 / 8.1 / 10
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 ¹ / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2012 / 2016 ²
    ¹ Unfortunately there are some technical limitation on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which decreases the performance of Thincast Workstation significantly. Therefore we highly recommend to upgrade your operating system to a Windows 8.1 or better!

    ² Please be aware when Microsoft Hyper-V role is installed on a Windows Server 2016 no other virtualization solution will work because Hyper-V is exclusively using the hardware virtualization layer feature VT-D!

    Guest operating systems

    Thincast V3D (Virtual 3D) is supported on following guest operating systems:

    • Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 / 2012 R2 / 2016
  • Is gaming possible?

    Absolutely. We've tested some games which require Direct X 11 and the results were stunning. Even remote gaming over the internet is supported.

  • How much bandwidth do I need?

    Thincast Workstation requires a properly configured network to communicate with the Thincast Client! Any ethernet controller can be used that the host system supports. Overall bandwidth consumption depends on the amount of connected users, used applications, screen size and used frame rates.

    Values from the following list will give you an approximate reference point for a single user running resource intensive applications such as games, 3D applications or watching a UHD movie:

    Screen size: Frame rate: approx. bandwith consumption:
    2160p (4k) 30 frames 40 Mbps
    1440p (2k) 30 frames 10 Mbps
    1080p 30 frames 8 Mbps
    720p 30 frames 5 Mbps
    480p 30 frames 2.5 Mbps
    360p 30 frames 1 Mbps
  • Is every RDP client supported?

    Yes! You can use every client application that supports the standard RDP protocol to connect to your virtualized desktop.

    However, using another client application may result in lower performance and you might be unable to use all features.

  • Enable hardware acceleration on Firefox

    The latest version of Firefox has disabled hardware acceleration for some graphics cards by default.
    However, there is currently a workaround for Firefox using GPU spoofing as described here:
    Blocked Graphics Drivers

    Copy/paste the following in a .bat file:

    SET MOZ_GFX_SPOOF_WINDOWS_VERSION=60001
    SET MOZ_GFX_SPOOF_VENDOR_ID=0x8086
    SET MOZ_GFX_SPOOF_DEVICE_ID=0x0046
    SET MOZ_GFX_SPOOF_DRIVER_VERSION=8.15.10.2302
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p -no-remote
    
    Additionally set media.hardware-video-decoding.force-enabled to true to enable hardware video decoding (see about:config).

  • How do I contact Thincast support?

    Should you experience any issues with Thincast Workstation or have support questions please use our contact formular.

  • What is a TSRP?

    In certain cases Thincast Support might request a TSRP (Thincast Support Request Package) from you to analyze your problem.
    In such cases please follow the instructions from our Thincast Support engineers.

  • Thincast Beta program

    The Thincast Beta program gives you early access to our preview releases! You can download and install Thincast Beta versions for free!

  • Open Source

    Thincast Workstation incorporates materials from several open source software projects and we are very grateful to all the respective individuals and companies for their contribution to this product. You can download the original code including our modification from the following URL:

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