Cool Windows 7 Deployment Links

This is a little off topic but I thought you all would enjoy a heads up.  One of our Windows team bloggers published a list of useful Windows 7 links that cover deployment (MDT 2010 and SCCM), USMT 4.0, activation, application compatibility and boot to VHD.  These links can change from time to time but…

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Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Administration Video Series now available for download

The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) video series is designed to help IT professionals wishing to learn more about the administrative and management tasks in MED-V. This series provides step-by-step guidance around common tasks that would be performed by IT professionals to deploy MED-V. Intended to be consumed sequentially, these videos will help you get…

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Updated! Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

Just an FYI that the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology has been updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  This guide walks the reader through the process of selecting the right virtualization technology for each workload—in five steps…

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Resolution: The MED-V Server service fails to start with Error 1053

When you attempt to start the MED-V Server service on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you may get the following error: Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion. Additionally, the system event log indicates this timeout failure by a log entry that…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

I know this isn’t MED-V specific but I thought it was something you’d appreciate hearing about nonetheless.   The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide…

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Using Variables to Manage the Naming of your Persistent MED-V Workspaces

Many organizations want to use variables to simplify the naming and manageability of MED-V workspaces. While regular operating system environment variables cannot be used inside the workspace policy, MED-V has variables that can be used for persistent workspaces. The workspace policy must use the VM Setup script to implement these variables. These variables can be…

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Configuring the MED-V Server by manually editing the ServerSettings.xml file

In most cases it is recommended to use the MED-V Server Configuration utility (%PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization\ServerSettings.exe) to make configuration changes to the MED-V Policy Server, but there are some circumstances in which you will have to make modifications to the configuration file that controls the server settings (serversettings.xml). Those reasons include: Multi-Server Deployment/Provisioning Currently…

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MED-V Documentation – Now Available on TechNet!

The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) documentation library has recently been published to TechNet! This is the first time that MED-V documentation has been made available online and you can now see the newly published MED-V Planning, Deployment, and Operations Guide in the MED-V documentation library on TechNet here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee348978.aspx. Having the documentation available online…

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Solution: The Virtual PC engine may crash when attempt to start MED-V a workspace

When you attempt to start MED-V a workspace using a test image or a deployed image, the Virtual PC engine may crash and generate a Fault Report using Windows Error Reporting. Subsequently, the MED-V Workspace will fail to start. The Virtual PC engine crash will show the following fault: {virtual pc.exe, 6.0.210.0, unknown, 0.0.0.0, ffff08ef}…

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Momentum Webcast: Unlock Value and Savings with Microsoft Virtualization

How can an integrated virtualization strategy that brings server, desktop, and application virtualization together provide significant benefits to your business? Join this webcast to learn about the Microsoft end-to-end virtualization strategy, which uses flexible solutions and common management tools to deliver unique value and savings. We discuss the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2…

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