Guidelines for Upgrading MED-V 1.0 to MED-V 1.0 Service Pack 1

Now that MED-V 1.0 Service Pack 1 is available, here are some recommendations regarding upgrading a MED-V 1.0 RTM environment to Service Pack 1. Necessary Preparation In general, the method for the likely best upgrading experience requires some preparation. We recommend you do the following prior to upgrading: 1.) Back up the SQL Reporting Database:…

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MED-V Overview Video and Quick Start Guides

Just an FYI that if you’re wanting to get a quick head start on MED-V then we’ve created a few guides that are very useful for learning and evaluating the product: 1. The MED-V Overview video: Discover how Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) provides deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops to enable key enterprise…

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Prescriptive Guidance for Deploying the MED-V Client via an Electronic Software Distribution Method such as SMS/SCCM

This article describes one method that you can use to deploy the MED-V client using SMS/SCCM. The method that is described in this article is not the only method that is available. Additionally, you may have to modify the information in this article as appropriate for your particular environment. Electronic Software Distribution (SCCM or SMS)…

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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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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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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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Troubleshooting Reporting and SQL Issues with MED-V 1.0

While reporting is technically an optional feature of MED-V version 1.0, it is valuable in tracking errors, client events, and workspace usage statistics. You may encounter issues at various stages of setting up and using the reporting feature. I have composed a list of issues you may encounter when setting up reporting to SQL. Create…

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Windows Virtual PC / MED-V live meeting available for viewing

The Tech.Ed Australia Live Meetings have now concluded but it’s not completely over as you can still view many of the recorded sessions.  One in particular you may be interested in is Ben Armstrong’s presentation titled Windows 7 XP Compatibility mode, Virtual PC and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.  This seemed to be a pretty popular…

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Creating a MED-V Deployment Package

You may run into problems trying to create a deployment package using Packing Wizard from the MED-V Management Console. The Packaging Wizard allows Administrators to provide end users with an installation deployment package that includes the MED-V Client, Microsoft Virtual PC, and the virtual image. The process requires almost no user interaction, and automatically installs…

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