Med-V 2.0 Trial Guide

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Trial Guide

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Contents1 Introduction to the Trial Guide ................................................................................................ 3 2 Overview of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization ..................................................... 4 2.1 Whats New in MED-V 2.0 ........................................................................................................5 2.2 MED-V 2.0 Components ...........................................................................................................7 3 Trial System Requirements ................................................................................................... 8 4 Setting up the MED-V 2.0 Environment .............................................................................. 10 4.1 Configure the MEDVADMIN Administration computer .............................................................. 10 4.2 Installing the MED-V Workspace Packager .............................................................................. 12 4.3 Installing the MED-V Host Agent ............................................................................................ 12 5 Preparing a Virtual PC Image for MED-V ............................................................................ 13 5.1 Configure the Windows XP Mode Virtual Machine .................................................................... 13 5.2 Sealing the MED-V Image Using Sysprep ................................................................................ 15 5.3 Merge the Virtual Hard Disk ................................................................................................... 18 6 Deploying the MED-V Workspace ....................................................................................... 19 6.1 Create a Workspace Deployment Package .............................................................................. 20 6.2 Deploying the MED-V Workspace ........................................................................................... 22 6.3 Testing the MED-V Workspace ............................................................................................... 23 7 Manage a MED-V Workspace .............................................................................................. 26 7.1 Managing URL Redirection ..................................................................................................... 26 7.2 Manage MED-V Workspace Settings ....................................................................................... 27 8 MED-V Administration Toolkit ............................................................................................ 28 9 Operations Security Best Practices ..................................................................................... 30 10 Appendix A: Preparing an image for Sysprep ..................................................................... 32

Evaluation Guide

Trial Guide

1 Introduction to the Trial GuideThis trial guide is designed to help you quickly set up a Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MEDV) evaluation in a test environment. This guide provides details of the steps necessary to install Microsoft MED-V components, for both the Microsoft MED-V Workspace Packager and MED- V Host Agent. This guide creates an environment where a Windows XP-based guest (virtual machine) with applications can be integrated into a Windows 7 host machine. The guide includes: Installation of the MED-V Workspace Packager and MED-V Host Agent, preparing a Windows Virtual PC-based virtual machine for MED-V, creating and deploying a MED-V workspace, administering MED-V, troubleshooting, and exploring the MED-V Administration Toolkit. To help this process flow as smoothly as possible, we recommend that you read this guide carefully before installing the Microsoft MED-V platform.

AUDIENCE FOR THIS GUIDEThis guide was written for Microsoft Windows system administrators. As an information technology (IT) professional, you should have sufficient knowledge and experience to accomplish the following tasks. Set up operating systems and install applications Add computers to domains Set up and work comfortably Active Directory Domain Service and Microsoft Domain Name System (DNS) Familiarity with Windows Virtual PC

PRODUCT DOCUMENTATIONComprehensive documentation for MED-V is available on Microsoft TechNet in the MED-V TechCenter at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=207065. The TechNet documentation includes the online Help for Getting Started with MED-V, Planning and Deployment, Operations, and Troubleshooting.

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2 Overview of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop VirtualizationMicrosoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, a core component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance, enables deployment and management of Microsoft Windows Virtual PC desktops to enable key enterprise scenarios. Incompatibility of applications with newer versions of Microsoft Windows can delay enterprise operating system (OS) upgrades. Testing and migrating applications can be time-consuming, and meanwhile users are unable to take advantage of the new capabilities and enhancements offered by the new OS. By delivering applications in a Windows Virtual PC that runs a previous version of Windows XP, MED-V removes the barriers to OS upgrades and allows administrators to complete testing and to deal with incompatible applications after the upgrade. From the users perspective, these applications are accessible from the standard desktop Start menu and appear side-by-side with native applicationsso there is minimal change to the user experience. MED-V helps enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows when some applications are not yet functional or supported. MED-V enables customers to migrate to Windows 7 while still leveraging existing legacy Windows XP line of business applications.

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2.1 Whats New in MED-V 2.0MED-V 2.0 contains the following improvements since version 1.0. If you are an experienced MED-V 1.0 administrator using this guide to evaluate MED-V 2.0, please take note.

MED-V WORKSPACE CREATIONMED-V Workspace Packages must be created by using Windows Virtual PC. Existing Virtual PC 2007 images must be migrated. The virtual machine Prep tool is not included in MED-V 2.0 and administrators should configure, update, and optimize their images according to the MED-V 2.0 help file. Running Sysprep on the MED-V image is a required step and must be performed prior to packaging.

MED-V WORKSPACE PACKAGINGThe MED-V Workspace Packager packages the virtual hard drive with the appropriate settings and image so that it can be easily deployed by administrators. Advanced features are provided in the background using Windows PowerShell . This functionality replaces some of the former console abilities and functionality that managed centralized functions of MED-V.TM

MED-V WORKSPACE DISTRIBUTIONDedicated server infrastructure is no longer required for MED-V 2.0 and the client pull method for deploying MED-V workspaces has been removed. MED-V workspaces are now deployed using electronic software distribution (ESD) infrastructure and can be stored on common shares that are used for other installation packages.

FIRST TIME SETUPThe first time setup process is now integrated with the standard imaging convention of Sysprep. The MED-V workspace first time setup process can dynamically apply settings specified in the MED-V Workspace Packager to the image as it begins Mini-Setup. The scripting tool in the console has been removed and the first time setup process is now based on options that are specified in the sysprep.inf file and configured in the MED-V Workspace Packager by the administrator.

APPLICATION PUBLISHINGAdministrators can install applications on the MED-V image either prior to packaging, after the MED-V workspace has been deployed, or by using a combination of both. MED-V no longer looks at MED-V workspace policy to publish appli

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