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Updated List of Recommended Hotfixes for Windows 7 SP1 Computers Running MED-V V2.
Steve TH - MSFT
In July 2011, we published a blog on recommended hotfixes for Windows 7 computers running MED-V v2 (Additional Recommended Updates for MED-V 2.0 that Address Application Issues) referenced here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/medv/archive/2011/07/20/additional-recommended-updates-for-med-v-2-0-that-address...
6 Mar 2013
MED-V V2: Problems with Drive Redirection when Smart Card Redirection is disabled
Steve TH - MSFT
You may encounter issues with the C:\ Drive not being properly redirected from the guest to the host (and thus causing the “Documents/My Documents” folder to not be redirected and synchronized between the host and the guest) when Smart Card Redirection has been disabled. Any features dependent...
26 Feb 2013
NAT Mode vs. Bridged Mode in MED-V V2
Steve TH - MSFT
For MED-V V1, we made the following recommendations for MED-V workspaces running in NAT Mode (using VPC Shared Networking.) The article is found here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/medv/archive/2010/10/20/additional-recommendations-when-using-med-v-workspaces-configured-for-nat-mode.aspx For MED-V V2, those...
3 Nov 2011
New KB: How to use the Process Monitor tool to generate a log file for an application in the MED-V virtual environment
Here’s a new MED-V KB article we published this morning that shows you how to use ProcMon to generate a log file for an application in the MED-V virtual environment: ===== Summary This article describes how to use the Process Monitor tool (ProcMon.exe) to generate a log file for an application in the...
13 Sep 2011
MED-V v2: Differences between Shared and Separate Workspaces
Steve TH - MSFT
When you package a workspace in MED-V, you will need to determine if this workspace will be deployed to a machine where multiple users will be logging on or a single user. If you will be dealing with multiple users, you have two options for deploying the workspace as outlined in the following article...
7 Sep 2011
Breaking it Down: How to start deploying Microsoft Desktop Virtualization technologies
So you say you didn't get a chance to attend Tech·Ed Berlin? Or maybe you did but you still just can't get enough of Desktop Virtualization? Either way, Dave Trupkin, Senior Product Manager for App-V and Med-V, was there and he spent some time talking with the pros and capturing some of insight...
17 Nov 2010
Is Desktop Virtualization in Your Future? Hint: If you’re thinking about Windows 7, it should be
Just in case you missed it, our very own Karri Alexion-Tiernan recently posted a great article that goes through the trends, the advantages and the opportunities of integrating Desktop Virtualization into your Windows 7 plans over on the Windows Team Blog . According to Karri, studies indicate...
17 Nov 2010
Additional recommendations when using MED-V Workspaces configured for NAT Mode
In working with MED-V and supporting MED-V, I have found that there are three major areas that can be affected when using NAT mode instead of Bridged Mode with persistent mode MED-V workspaces. - Application Icons not displaying properly (or being cached properly) - Single-Sign-on (SSO) either does not...
20 Oct 2010
MED-V v1 Connection Settings and Credential Management
Working in support, I get many questions and issues related to how MED-V v1 handles user settings and credentials. Hopefully the information below will help explain how a lot of this works. The ProfileInfo.XML File Basic user settings such as server location and start options are stored in the...
22 Sep 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
New Solution: A MED-V based Virtual Machine may periodically lose network connectivity
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Workspaces may periodically lose network connectivity due to one or more of the following reasons: 1.) Failure to retrieve an IP address via DHCP. 2.) DHCP Client loses current IP Address lease. 3.) Static IP address "disappears." This can...
13 Sep 2010
Behavior of Expired MED-V Workspaces Explained
If a user is attempting to start a MED-V Workspace and the user receives a message stating that there are no workspaces available, or they see list of workspaces and the one intended for the user is not available, this is usually because of one of the following reasons: · The workspace has not been enabled...
26 Jul 2010
Solution: Embedded External URL references do not stay in the Active Browser when using MED-V Web Redirection
When using MED-V version 1, you have the option of controlling which web URLs will open in the host browser and which URLs will open in the guest browser. This only works with Internet Explorer because the mechanism MED-V uses to facilitate this is a simple BHO (Browser Helper Object) to intercept and...
19 Jul 2010
MED-V V2 Beta availability in Q4 2010!
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) removes the barriers to Windows 7 upgrades by resolving application incompatibility issues from legacy LOB applications and Internet Explorer 6/7 web apps. MED-V v2 Beta will enable customers to pre-configure MED-V workspaces that can be delivered to...
7 Jun 2010
A Closer Look at the MED-V Image and Data Repositories
One request I have seen often from my customers lately has been a request for an in-depth discussion on how MED-V handles images and metadata. If you have been working with MED-V, by now you are probably familiar with the basics of how MED-V handles images. MED-V version 1.0 SP1 works with Virtual PC...
7 Jun 2010
A look at multi-user scenarios in MED-V
In many Enterprise environments, there are multiple users logging onto a single workstation. What happens when multiple users use a workstation that has a MED-V Workspace? When managed properly, each user will be able to use the MED-V workspace and their assigned applications. There are two multi-user...
13 May 2010
Troubleshooting Event ID 52 Errors in MED-V 1.0
Has this ever happened to you? You prepare a Virtual PC image for use with MED-V and you get the following error: “Failed to start Workspace <workspacename>”. Event ID 52 This is immediately followed a list of five possible causes. I would like to go over these causes as well as the 6 th potential...
10 May 2010
Information on the message: “The MED-V workspace must be closed before Windows can be shutdown. Click Cancel and close the MED-V Workspace.”
When you run the MED-V Client on the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system, you may get a warning message when you attempt to log out of Windows while a MED-V workspace is still running: (Waiting for) MED-V The MED-V workspace must be closed before Windows can be shutdown. Click Cancel and close...
6 May 2010
MED-V printing options, plus some common printing related issues and resolutions
Printing in MED-V is pretty straight forward. You have two options for printing from MED-V workspaces: Printing from within the guest operating system and redirecting guest operating system printer output to the host printer subsystem (local printer redirection.) Local Printer Redirection This is where...
27 Apr 2010
Issues You May Encounter When Trying to Join Domains During FTS (First-Time-Setup) and How to Resolve Them
The following are some of the errors you may encounter when attempting to join a domain using the VM Setup script for Persistent MED-V Workspaces. This process is referred to as FTS (First-Time-Setup.) All of these fall under Event ID 49 which reflects a failure to complete the VM Setup due to a failure...
22 Apr 2010
When to Use SYSPREP and when to use the VM Preparation Tool for Configuring Auto Logon for MED-V Workspaces
I am constantly asked the following questions in some form or fashion: When do I use the VM Preparation Tool to configure Auto Logon? Do I use both SYSPREP and the VM Preparation Tool to configure Auto-Login? Why is this option there in the VM preparation Tool to configure Auto-logon when whatever I...
21 Apr 2010
Guidelines for Upgrading MED-V 1.0 to MED-V 1.0 Service Pack 1
Now that MED-V 1.0 Service Pack 1 is available, here are some recommendations regarding upgrading a MED-V 1.0 RTM environment to Service Pack 1. Necessary Preparation In general, the method for the likely best upgrading experience requires some preparation. We recommend you do the following prior to...
15 Apr 2010
Disabling "Allow Third-Party Browser Extensions" Group Policy will Prevent Web Redirection from Working in MED-V 1.0
Here's an interesting issue that you may run into when trying to use redirection with MED-V 1.0. You may find that you are unable to get web redirection working inside a MED-V Workspace from either host-to-guest or guest-to-host. This can happen if the Group Policy "Allow third-party browser extensions...
12 Apr 2010
KB976233 - Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 1.0
Yesterday I posted on the availability of SP1 for MED-V 1.0 so now here's the link to the official Knowledge Base article: KB976233 - Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 1.0 It really doesn't have a lot more information that what was already posted...
6 Apr 2010
MED-V 1.0 SP1 demo videos – The complete 8 part series
Over the past week or so I've been posting links to the eight videos in our series on MED-V but I thought it would be nice if you could go to one place and get links to all of them so I've included those below. The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) video series is designed to help...
29 Mar 2010
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