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How to Manually Install the MED-V Host Agent

Updated: March 10, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0

There are two separate but related components to the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 solution: the MED-V Host Agent and Guest Agent. The Host Agent resides on the host computer (a user’s computer that is running Windows 7) and provides a channel to communicate with the MED-V guest (the MED-V virtual machine running in the host computer). It also provides certain MED-V related functionality, such as application publishing.

Typically, you deploy and install the MED-V Host Agent by using your company’s preferred method of provisioning software. However, before deploying MED-V across your enterprise, you might prefer to install the Host Agent locally for testing. This section provides step-by-step instructions for manually installing the MED-V Host Agent.

noteNote
The MED-V Guest Agent is installed automatically during first time setup.

ImportantImportant
Close Internet Explorer before you install the MED-V Host Agent, otherwise conflicts can occur later with URL redirection. You can also do this by specifying a computer restart during a distribution.

To install the MED-V Host Agent

  1. Locate the MED-V installation files that you received as part of your software download.

  2. Double-click the MED-V_HostAgent_Setup installation file.

    The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Host Agent Setup wizard opens. Click Next to continue.

  3. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then click Next .

  4. Select the destination folder for installing the MED-V Host Agent. Click Next .

  5. To begin the Host Agent installation, click Install .

  6. After the installation is completed successfully, click Finish to close the wizard.

    To verify that the installation of the Host Agent was successful, click Start , click All Programs , click Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization , and then click MED-V Host Agent .

noteNote
Until a MED-V workspace is installed, the MED-V Host Agent can be started and runs, but provides no functionality.

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