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How to Configure Published Applications

Updated: April 1, 2010

Applies To: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 1.0, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 1.0 SP1

Applications that are not compatible with the host operating system can be run within the MED-V workspace and initiated from within the MED-V workspace the same way they are initiated from the desktop—from the Start menu or from a local host shortcut. Applications selected and defined are called published applications. The procedures in this section describe how to add and remove published applications.

An application can be published in one of the following ways:

  • As an application—Select a specific application by typing in the command line for the application. Only the application selected is published.

  • As a menu—Select a folder that contains multiple applications. All applications within the folder are published and displayed as a menu.

To add an application to the MED-V workspace

  1. Click the MED-V workspace to configure.

  2. In the Applications pane, in the Published Applications section, click Add to add a new application.

  3. Configure the application properties as described in the following table.

  4. On the Policy menu, select Commit.

    noteNote
    If you are setting Internet Explorer as a published application to ensure that Web redirection works properly, make certain that any parameters are not in parentheses.

Published Application Properties

Property Description

Enabled

Select this check box to enable the published application.

Display name

The name of the shortcut in the user's Windows Start menu.

noteNote
The display name is not case sensitive.

Description

A description of the published application, which appears as a tooltip when the user's mouse hovers over the shortcut.

Command line

The command used to run the application from within the MED-V workspace. The full path is required, and the parameters can be passed to the application in a similar fashion as in any other Windows command.

In a revertible MED-V workspace, you can map a network drive with MapNetworkDrive syntax: "MapNetworkDrive <drive> <path>"—for example, "MapNetworkDrive t: \\tux\date".

For example, to publish Windows Explorer, use the following syntax: "c:\" or "c:\windows."

noteNote
To have a name resolution, you need to perform one of the following:

  • Configure the DNS in the base MED-V workspace image.

  • Verify the DNS resolution is defined in the host, and configure it to use the host DNS.

  • Use the IP for defining the network drive.

noteNote
If the path includes spaces, the entire path must be inside quotation marks.

noteNote
The path should not end with a backslash (\).

Start menu

Select this check box to create a shortcut for the application in the user's Windows Start menu.

All published applications appear as shortcuts in the Windows Start menu (Start >All Programs> MED-V Applications).

To remove an application from the MED-V workspace

  1. Click a MED-V workspace.

  2. In the Applications pane, in the Published Applications section, select an application to remove.

  3. Click Remove.

    The application is removed from the list of published applications.

  4. On the Policy menu, select Commit.

To add a published menu to the MED-V workspace

  1. Click the MED-V workspace to configure.

  2. In the Applications pane, in the Published Menus section, click Add to add a new menu.

  3. Configure the menu properties as described in the following table.

  4. On the Policy menu, select Commit.

Published Menu Properties

Property Description

Enabled

Select this check box to enable the published menu.

Display name

The name of the shortcut in the user's Windows Start menu.

Description

The description, which appears as a tooltip when the user's mouse hovers over the shortcut.

Folder in workspace

Select the folder to publish as a menu containing all the applications within the folder.

The text displayed is a relative path from the Programs folder.

noteNote
If left blank, all programs on the host will be published as a menu.

All published menus appear as shortcuts in the Windows Start menu (Start >All Programs> MED-V Applications). You can change the name of the shortcut in the Start-menu shortcuts folder field.

noteNote
When configuring two MED-V workspaces, it is recommended to configure a different name for the Start menu shortcuts folder.

To remove a published menu from a MED-V workspace

  1. Click a MED-V workspace.

  2. In the Applications pane, in the Published Menus section, select a menu to remove.

  3. Click Remove.

    The menu is removed from the list of published menus.

  4. On the Policy menu, select Commit.

The administrator can run published applications from any location, such as a desktop shortcut, using the following command:

"<Install path>\Manager\KidaroCommands.exe" /run "<published application name>" "<MED-V workspace name>"
noteNote
The MED-V workspace in which the published application is defined must be running.

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