Originally Posted by FantaXP7
Can you expand on this a bit?
I had experimented with my Ceton card in my Esxi server. I have an i5 and had passed through the card to my Win7 VM. It worked OK but at times I would lose connection. I had a lot of trouble using the xbox 360 as an extender with transcoding being an issue.
It's simple, I am running 7MC in a 2008 R2 Hyper-V VM, not ESXi. I use an HDHR Prime for my Tv signal. So I don't need any real HW support for this. I could never even watch a video from this VM if I wanted to. It is just a "WMC Server" of sorts, I have dedicated Harddrive and NIC's to 7MC for performance and that it. While transcodeing works as well as it can, it's not something you want to rely on or use everyday. IMO.
I have been running like this since mid spring time. And run this on the same server as SageTv. So things are a real side by side test for me. I have found the xbox 360 to ba an OK extender, my hopes for the Echo are/were to support dvd ts file structure support and HBR BD rips. You couldn't ask for more from a PVR solution. It's the streaming support which is lacking on the 360. But running everything from a VM gave me no real overhead and real quick responseiveness in the menus and the like (Fast for WMC that is), it really is a no brainer after you get past the setup.