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  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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....
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...