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Nvidia Gamestreaming on Headless Windows 10 VM... Help Needed Please

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Evening all,


First time poster, long time reader - I have found the information here invaluable over the last few months while building my system, so I just wanted to firstly thank everyone who has contributed, as I learn more I hope I too can help too!


I have a very specific question I was hoping for help with, firstly this is my set up;


unRAID 6.2.4

M/B: ASRock - Z270 Pro4

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-7600 CPU @ 3.50GHz

Memory: 16 GB (max. installable capacity 64 GB)

Array: 3 x 3TB WD Reds (6TB + Parity)

Cache: SSD 1 x 120 GB Patriot Blast

HVM: Enabled

IOMMU: Enabled


It used as a general file server, I run a few dockers (Crash Plan, Plex MS, Observium) and also a Windows 10 VM which I RDP onto using a Mac for some very specific Windows applications - the unRaid server has been fantastic and very easy to configure with help of these forums.  It currently runs headless in the loft - great!


My question is this.  I recently bought an Nvidia Shield TV, mainly for 4K video streaming, think Netflix and also Amazon (thanks to recent update) and so on which is when I came across Gamestream, this is having your main PC (unRaid server) with an appropriate Nvidia GPU rendering games and streaming to Shield TV in my lounge on my TV - PC gaming with console comfort.


You can see that I have yet to buy a GPU as I wanted to ask here first whether anybody has actually set this up yet?  I don't mind teething problems (I would probably be a little disappointed if there weren't a couple) but is there any obvious issues above which would cause a major problem?  Would my unRAID server being headless cause an issue? 


Any help, advice or thoughts would be very much appreciated - and of course if I do get it up and running I will happy post again showing here.


Many thanks - J


Update - Just for clarity I would install and run the server side Gamestream software on the Windows 10 VM.

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I'm not much help in answering your question, but I can say that this is one of those things that I am planning on trying out as well. Just waiting on a new disk to get done preclearing and then I can move to some new hardware that will handle VM's better.


I have used Gamestream from a non virtual non headless Windows 10 pc and it worked ok.

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Thanks chvb,


I thought it might have - nice to have it confirmed!  I'll get one ordered and crack on.

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the Problem is that Nvidia disable the Gamestream function when there is no Monitor detected.

So you have to use this Dongle for a headless PC.

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I bought a headless dongle, but it appears not to be working yet. Do I need to install / set up the dongle?

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tried today - working via "moonlight" as i have only Android TV box, not the original shield.

Windows is in VM and passthrough 1080ti

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These are the HDMI dummy plugs I use.




All I had to do was just plug them in.  Then I used splashtop, vnc, jump desktop, no machine, etc, to connect to vm and set video resolution.  The things just work and I haven't had any issues using a gtx645 and a gtx1050ti.


I've used the vm's as steam hosts for steam links and Nvidia gamestream to shield tv's.  I'm shocked how well it all works.

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i dont have even "dummy plug" works fine without it... ;)


Only issue i had was NVIDIA Experience - wasnt able to enable Shield (on fresh 417.22-desktop-win10-64bit-international-whql) but when i downgraded to "399.24-desktop-win10-64bit-international-whql" then upgraded back to 417.22 all was working again...:)

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