Many organizations are exploring the use of virtualization to optimize their IT environment and streamline their IT management practices. Microsoft provides several products and technologies that will enable organizations to implement virtualization solutions in many different ways. 

With Microsoft Desktop Virtualization, you can

  • Plan desktop virtualization scenarios.
  • Implement and configure Windows Virtual Desktop and the Windows XP mode.
  • Implement Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.
  • Configure and deploy MED-V images.
  • Manage a MED-V deployment.
  • Implement App-V servers.
  • Plan and deploy Application Virtualization clients.
  • Administer the App-V infrastructure by using the App-V Management Console.
  • Sequence applications for deployment by using the App-V infrastructure or a standalone installation.
  • Configure and use Remote Desktop Services and RemoteApp programs.
  • Implement user state virtualization.
  • Configure and use Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

You can manage a MED-V deployment, create reports, and perform basic MED-V troubleshooting. The MED-V Workspace is an important concept and you can now configure Workspace Policy and deploy it to the client.

You can administer the App-V infrastructure by providing an overview of the App-V Management Console, its deployment on the administrative workstation, and the required permissions for administering the App-V Management server. Additionally, you can publish and modify virtualized applications, configure version upgrades, enforce license compliance, and manage server groups and server objects.

In this context, Microsoft Virtualization administrators can manage App-V administrators and system options by using the Application Virtualization Management Console.

Administrators can sequence applications for deployment by using the App-V infrastructure or a standalone installation. It is simple and easy to install and configure the App-V Sequencer. Processes such as packaging options, and the procedures for upgrading existing packages, and creating standalone packages are essential here. Advanced sequencing is configurable.

You can now configure and use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and RemoteApp programs. The overview of the main RDS role services and the services that are required for implementing RemoteApp is essential. You can configure RD Connection Broker and  also integrate published RemoteApp programs with Windows 7 clients. 

We know the importance of the user state such as folder redirection and this is supported and configurable using Microsoft Desktop Virtualization.

You can now configure and use Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The overview of Hyper-V server role and the integration of VDI with RDS and Hyper-V is essentiallly important and this is technically feasible wit Microsoft Desktop Virtualization. There are procedures for configuring different types of virtual desktops and to configure a virtual machine for use as a virtual desktop. You can now deploying VDI to Windows 7 client desktops effortlessly and seamlessly.

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Ken Sim, MCT,  Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation - SEA