The Case of the Ever-Expanding, Dynamically-Expanding VHD

I recently had an issue where I encountered something quite bizarre. In an effort to reduce size on disk of dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) I found myself feeling like I needed to take medication. After sysprepping an operating system image on the disk, the current file consumption on the disk was approximately 12…

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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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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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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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