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Prescriptive Guidance for Deploying the MED-V Client via an Electronic Software Distribution Method such as SMS/SCCM
This article describes one method that you can use to deploy the MED-V client using SMS/SCCM. The method that is described in this article is not the only method that is available. Additionally, you may have to modify the information in this article as appropriate for your particular environment. ...
16 Feb 2010
Installing MED-V on a Single Windows 7 Machine for Testing and Demonstration
Whether you need to demonstrate MED-V in proof-of-concept situation for an application compatibility scenario or testing in an offline or development setting, gaining access to multiple machines may be challenging. Having a portable mechanism for testing MED-V is a needed option in many situations such...
21 Sep 2010
MED-V Documentation – Now Available on TechNet!
The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) documentation library has recently been published to TechNet! This is the first time that MED-V documentation has been made available online and you can now see the newly published MED-V Planning, Deployment, and Operations Guide in the MED-V documentation...
13 Oct 2009
Using the MED-V file transfer utility to copy files from the host to the workspace
If you need to copy files into the workspace we recommend you use the File Transfer Utility. The File Transfer Utility can be used to copy files or folders from the Workspace to the host and vice versa. This tool is essential when trying to get files from the workspace and transferring files to the workspace...
17 Feb 2010
How to configure an Image Repository using IIS
The following post describes how to configure an image repository using IIS. An image repository is an optional server that is used for image distribution (where administrators upload new images and client computers check the server every 15 minutes and update their image if a new one is available...
23 Jun 2009
Troubleshooting Reporting and SQL Issues with MED-V 1.0
While reporting is technically an optional feature of MED-V version 1.0, it is valuable in tracking errors, client events, and workspace usage statistics. You may encounter issues at various stages of setting up and using the reporting feature. I have composed a list of issues you may encounter when...
28 Sep 2009
How to Run a MED-V Published Application from the Command Line
Have you ever had the need to run a published application from the command line on a Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization client? If so then here are a couple of the basics: The command line that is used to execute MED-V applications originating inside a MED-V workspace is the kidarocommands...
1 Jun 2009
Recommendations for Workspace Image Preparation
When preparing images for use in a MED-V environment, there are several recommendations that should help to streamline performance, further allow for seamless integration, allow for ease of domain-based management, and assist with troubleshooting should an issue with the image arises. The purpose of...
13 Jul 2009
MED-V tips for your Helpdesk Admins
I recently had a great question from one of our customers on how to best allow helpdesk personnel to troubleshoot issues with MED-V applications. No, this wasn’t necessarily what we refer to as a break/fix type issue with MED-V itself, but rather how to allow remote helpdesk admins to access the...
2 Jul 2009
Recommendations for MED-V Image Optimization: Reducing the Image Footprint
MED-V leverages virtual machines and guest operating systems to provide seamless integration for legacy applications, and the seamless integration of these applications into the host desktop is proving to be an excellent way of resolving application compatibility concerns for Windows Vista and Windows...
23 Feb 2010
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Administration Video Series now available for download
The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) video series is designed to help IT professionals wishing to learn more about the administrative and management tasks in MED-V. This series provides step-by-step guidance around common tasks that would be performed by IT professionals to deploy...
7 Dec 2009
TechNet Wiki: How to create a Workspace Package on MED-V 2.0
Here’s another article written by Microsoft Partner and MVP Leandro E. Carvalho that’s over in the TechNet Wiki. This one walks you through creating a new Workspace Package using Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0: Before users begin to use the old applications you need to create a package...
7 Apr 2011
Creating a MED-V Deployment Package
You may run into problems trying to create a deployment package using Packing Wizard from the MED-V Management Console. The Packaging Wizard allows Administrators to provide end users with an installation deployment package that includes the MED-V Client, Microsoft Virtual PC, and the virtual image....
27 Jul 2009
Need personalized help implementing a Microsoft product or solution? Our new ProAdvisory service may be for you
I know this isn’t necessarily specific to WSUS but I wanted to let you know of a new support offering that we're rolling out. I am sure many of you have contacted Microsoft for support in the past and are aware of our various support offerings. We have Consumer support, Professional support and various...
1 Jul 2010
Windows Virtual PC / MED-V live meeting available for viewing
The Tech.Ed Australia Live Meetings have now concluded but it's not completely over as you can still view many of the recorded sessions. One in particular you may be interested in is Ben Armstrong’s presentation titled Windows 7 XP Compatibility mode, Virtual PC and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop...
16 Sep 2009
How to manage VM MAC Addresses with the GlobalImageData.XML file in MED-V v1
There is no option to manage the VM MAC address using the MED-V Client Interface or workspace policy. During the first time setup phase MED-V automatically deletes the old VM MAC address and then creates new random MAC address. This cannot be overwritten or controlled using the *.VMC file. If you set...
24 Jan 2011
Using Variables to Manage the Naming of your Persistent MED-V Workspaces
Many organizations want to use variables to simplify the naming and manageability of MED-V workspaces. While regular operating system environment variables cannot be used inside the workspace policy, MED-V has variables that can be used for persistent workspaces. The workspace policy must use the VM...
4 Nov 2009
Tips on Improving MED-V Workspace Application Performance
If you are still using MED-V version 1, UPGRADE! But, if you are unable to due to workflow or platform issues, here are some additional tips to improve application performance for your published MED-V guest applications. Disable Unnecessary Services and startup programs: Regardless of whether you are...
13 Jun 2011
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