Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Beta is publicly available

A message from my colleague, Ran Oelgiesser, Senior Product Manager for MED-V:


In May 2008, Microsoft closed the acquisition of the desktop virtualization vendor Kidaro, which soon became Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) – the sixth product in MDOP. I came to Microsoft with this acquisition, and today I’m proud to let you all know that MED-V 1.0, the first product from the Kidaro technology, is available in beta today.   Simply register at and download the beta software. For an easy start, on the site, we also prepared a Quick Start guide to walk you through the installation and testing of MED-V 1.0 beta.


For those of us on the MED-V product team, our primary goal was to deliver an enterprise virtualization solution for the compatibility challenges that IT teams have with some of their line-of-business applications, during the upgrade to new operating systems (like Windows Vista). With MED-V 1.0, you can easily create, deliver and centrally manage virtual Windows XP or 2000 environments (based on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007), and help your users to run legacy applications on their Windows Vista desktops. No need to wait for the testing and migration of those incompatible applications to complete.


The final version of MED-V 1.0 is slated to release in the second quarter of this year as a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. As you know, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of virtualization and management technologies that extends the Windows platform by enabling user productivity anywhere, greater IT control of the desktop, and streamlined PC management.


Finally, I want to invite you to explore our new website where you can find everything you want to know about MED-V:


Looking forward to your feedback (!



Comments (6)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Over on the MDOP Blog – Senior Product Manager Ran Oelgiesser has announced the availability of the first

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh yes its true! this has been a subject that i have been desperate to get talking about “but” it was

  3. Hi there,

    Is there any forum planned like on Technet where we can post found issues and ask questions around MED-V ?

    I did find a little thing in the doucmentation that could be described better but wouldn’t know where to drop that input.



  4. Anonymous says:

    Vi har introduceret The Optimized Desktop på TechNet Danmark. Med The Optimized Desktop vil vi anvise

  5. Mistercutter says:

    I can’t get MED-V to install on Windows Server 2008 R2 beta. Is there an update to get around this issue or will MED-V only work on full release versions of Server 2008?

  6. Anonymous says:

    VMworld Europe’s tagline this year is "virtually anything is possible". Kinda reminds me of Mike’s blog post on Monday about Red Hat. And for many IT pros, "virtually anything is possible" might apply to the fact that Microsoft is exhibiting at, and sponsoring,

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