Suite à l'annonce de la disponibilité d'une fonctionnalité Windows XP Mode dans Windows 7 cf http://blogs.technet.com/fabricem_blogs/archive/2009/04/27/xp-mode-pour-windows-7-kesako.aspx, beaucoup de personnes se pose la question de son positionnement en regard de MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation cf http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/med-v.aspx) et bien l'equipe produit à répondu sur son blog http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/business/archive/2009/04/28/how-med-v-v2-helps-you-manage-windows-xp-mode.aspx
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The PressPass Q&A we posted today addressed a number of questions around Windows XP Mode. I wanted to clarify in more detail the differences between Windows XP Mode and MED-V and how specifically MED-V v2, a component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), adds management to Windows XP Mode.
The main facts:
Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small-business users to run their Windows XP applications on their Windows 7 desktop.
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) is designed for IT Professionals.
How MED-V adds management to Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC?
To provide a managed, scalable solution for running virtual Windows XP applications, MED-V addresses many of the IT challenges around deployment and management including:
Deployment – deliver virtual Windows images and customize per user and device settings
Provisioning – define which applications and websites are available to different users
Control – assign and expire usage permissions and Virtual PC settings
Maintenance and Support - update images, monitor users and remotely troubleshoot
Run on multiple platforms – MED-V will work on both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Which customers should use Windows XP Mode standalone?
Windows XP Mode standalone is suitable for small and medium business users, who are able to set their XP applications themselves and may or may not have IT Professional staff. Each PC has its own virtual Windows XP environment that is controlled and managed by the end user. Windows XP Mode standalone is not designed for large, centrally managed deployments that have widely deployed business applications that require Windows XP.
So in summary MED-V builds on top of Windows Virtual PC and adds important management capabilities.