A New MED-V Blog Post . . . Yes, for Real

For most individuals in my profession, any plans that were originally made for today were upended by the recent worldwide cybersecurity event. To assist our customers still on legacy systems, patches for the MS07-010 exploit were made available for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. While Windows XP has been out of support since 2014,…


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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Why is it important to Become Familiar with WMI Troubleshooting? Pt. 1

Often in Virtualization and Management Products like SCVMM, MED-V, Config Manager, UE-V, and App-V the symptom of an issue appears in the respective System Center or MDOP product but the root cause is often caused by an anomaly in an underlying operating system component. Often that component is WMI. For this reason, it is invaluable have…

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Here’s a Short Blog with a very Important Message (T-MINUS LESS THAN 6 MONTHS)

Early last year I wrote a blog specifying how MED-V does NOT affect the Windows XP EOL Support issue: http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2012/07/30/how-med-v-affects-windows-xp-end-of-life-support-policy-it-doesn-t.aspx  Little did I know how widely pulicized this would be (re: quoted in The Register and others – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/01/windows_xp_medv_no_go/) Today’s a good reminder for all that we are now within six months. If you are…

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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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How does each Version of MED-V use Proxies?

In Version 1, the MED-V Management Console, will use the IE proxy settings of the current user to connect via HTTP to the MED-V Policy Server. If the proxy server is not configured correctly, it will trigger an Event ID 75 error: “The MED-V Server is unreachable at <URL> “ Please check your connectivity and…

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Software Update to block RSA keylengths <1024 has been Released to the Download Center

Today (August 14th) an update was released that, once applied, will block RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits. The software update was released to the Download Center. The security advisory is located at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2661254.The KB article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254. The update is available now to allow organizations to assess the impact of this update and…

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