How to easily test your remote SQL connectivity

Microsoft’s own Steve Rachui explains how to quickly and easily test remote SQL connectivity using any account you like.  This is a neat trick that will surely prove useful when working with a wide variety of products. J.C. Hornbeck | System Center Knowledge Engineer The App-V Team blog: The WSUS Support Team blog:…


Uploading a MED-V image may fail with error: The specified image file was not found on the server at url

Just a heads up on a new MED-V Knowledge Base article we published yesterday.  If you’re having trouble uploading an image to an image distribution server you’ll definitely want to check this one out: ===== Symptoms The following error may occur on a Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 computer when attempting to upload a…


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 that virtualization is the #1 technology priority in 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 work or has intermittent issues. -…


Complete Listing of MED-V Variables in Version 1.0 SP1

The following is a list of the entire default environment variables used by MED-V 1.0 Service Pack 1 organized by use context. Variables Allowed for Renaming Computer during VM Setup During the VM Setup process, there is an optional action to rename the computer. When configuring this process in the VM Setup tab, you will…


Announcing the MED-V 2.0 public beta

Hi, I’m Dave Trupkin, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) and Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), the two desktop virtualization components of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Today I have great news. I’m happy to announce the availability of the MED-V 2.0 public beta, which you can download now from Microsoft Connect….


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 ProfileInfo.XML file. When the MED-V client…


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 as these. Starting with Windows 7 and MED-V 1.0 SP1,…


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 occur if Symantec Endpoint Protection’s Network Threat Protection Module is running…