Are you still Using MED-V? If so, do NOT install this update

If you are currently still running MED-V 2.0, be very aware of a known issue. If you install the RDP/RDC 8.1 update for Windows 7 SP1, you may notice after installing the update, you are seeing application crashes of the MED-V Workspace. This update is labeled KB2830477. It was originally released last year and there…

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MED-V: More Detail on Full-Screen vs. Seamless Mode

I recently had a customer inquire further as to how the mechanics differ between all of the application modes in MED-V. I would have thought this far into the life cycle of MED-V that I had gone into enough detail on the subject. Turns out, while the article I wrote on TechNet a couple of years…

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MED-V: To Cache Credentials or to not Cache Credentials (Ramifications of Disabling “DisablePasswordSaving” vs. Enabling it)

How’s that for a double negative? Disabling the disabling of password saving. In essence, allowing users to cache/save passwords for SSO (single-sign-on) when authenticating to MED-V workspaces. In MED-V, if the credentials do not match, or you do not check the box to have your credentialsremembered, you are presented with the standard RDP prompt for…


Running a MED-V application that depends on presence may not properly show presence when hovering over it in the System Tray

Let’s review some basic information about how MED-V: The way MED-V V2 works is the Windows 7 host machine connects to the Guest Virtual PC through an RDP-style connection. This basically turns the Windows XP Virtual PC into a mini-RDP server. This must always be in the back of your mind while you test your…

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MED-V: How to Customize and Repackage a Workspace using PowerShell

 One of the benefits of MED-V 2 was the introduction of PowerShell to control, manage, and deploy the MED-V workspace. A good example of where PowerShell comes in handy is when you have a workspace that you have already configured and packaged – but now you need to make an adjustment to the configuration for…

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Some issues with the MED-V V2 Toolkit and how to Remediate them

I wanted to address some issues that have been seen with the MED-V Toolkit. These are minor/cosmetic issues and can easily be remediated. MED-V Toolkit Freezing There is a known issue where the MED-V Administration toolkit freezes when attempting to change the logging level while MED-V first time setup is in progress. This is caused…

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Using Virtual PC with Windows 7: Be sure to use Integration Features when the Narrator Accessibility Feature is Enabled

There is an important item to be aware of if you are using Windows Virtual PC (VPC7) and you are also using the Windows Narrator Accessibility feature. The Narrator is an excellent aid for the visually impaired as it reads screen text and echoes verbally various actions. In addition, it will echo verbally what you…

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How MED-V Affects Windows XP End-of-Life Support Policy (It Doesn’t.)

Lately, I have many customers who are in the process or quickly planning their migration from Windows XP to Windows 7. Some of them are even looking to become early adopters of Windows 8. In the process of inventorying, rationalizing, and providing application compatibility remediation for their legacy applications, the need for leveraging MED-V for…

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MED-V V2: Using the CTRL-ALT-Pause Key Combination to Access Hidden Dialog boxes in MED-V

If you are experiencing issues with MED-V published applications or startup programs such as: Hidden dialogs (intentional or unintentional) Pop-up or child windows not displaying correctly Bubble notifications You may notice that some of those issues are resolved with many known fixes in Windows 7. Additional Recommended Updates for MED-V 2.0 that Address Application Issues…

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MED-V V2: How to Enable Advanced Logging

In MED-V V2 all events logs are stored on the MED-V Host (Windows 7) and the MED-V Guest (Windows XP) using the “MEDV” event log. By default the event logs are set to Error and Warning events. Additional Debug level logging can be enabled via the registry in both the guest and the host by…

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