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End-to-End Operations Scenario for MED-V 2.0

Updated: March 10, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0

This sample scenario for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 helps you deploy and manage MED-V by using multiple scenarios end-to-end. You can think of this sample scenario as a case study that helps put the individual scenarios and procedures in context.

This section provides basic information and directions for creating, deploying, and managing MED-V workspaces as an end-to-end solution in your enterprise.

MED-V Operations Step-by-step Scenario

The step-by-step procedures that you follow in a MED-V operations scenario include the following:

  • Creating a Windows Virtual PC image for MED-V reviews how to create and configure a Windows Virtual PC image for MED-V. Before you can deliver a MED-V workspace to users, you must first prepare a virtual hard disk (VHD) that you use to build the MED-V workspace installer package for MED-V.

  • Installing Windows XP on the image reviews how to install the Windows XP SP3 operating system on your Windows Virtual PC image. MED-V requires that Windows XP SP3 is installed on the Windows Virtual PC image before you build the MED-V workspace.

  • Installing the .NET Framework on the image reviews how to manually install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and the update KB959209 into the Windows Virtual PC image that you prepare for use with MED-V. MED-V requires the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, and the update KB959209 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=204950) addresses several known application compatibility issues.

  • Applying updates to the Windows XP image reviews how to update your Windows XP image with the latest software updates and other hotfixes necessary or important for running MED-V.

  • Installing integration components reviews how to install the integration components package in your Windows XP image. These provide features that improve the interaction between the virtual environment and the physical computer.

  • Installing Applications on a Windows Virtual PC Image reviews how you can install certain kinds of software on your Windows XP image that are helpful when you are running MED-V, such as an electronic software distribution system and antivirus software.

  • Configuring a Windows Virtual PC Image for MED-V discusses how to configure the image by using Sysprep to make sure that it is ready for use with MED-V. The prepared MED-V image is then used to create your MED-V workspace package.

  • Create a MED-V Workspace Package reviews how to build the MED-V workspace package that you deploy throughout your enterprise. You deploy the MED-V workspace package to install the MED-V workspace on end-user computers. A MED-V workspace is the Windows XP desktop environment from which end users interact with the virtual machine provided by MED-V.

  • Testing the MED-V Workspace Package discusses how to create a test environment in which you can test the functionality of the MED-V workspace package, such as first time setup settings and application publishing. After you have completed testing your MED-V workspace package and have verified that it is functioning as intended, you can deploy it throughout your enterprise.

  • Deploying the MED-V Workspace Package discusses how to deploy the MED-V workspace either by using an electronic software distribution system or in a Windows 7 image. Or if you prefer, this section also shows you how you can deploy the MED-V workspace manually.

  • Monitor MED-V Workspaces reviews how to monitor the deployment of MED-V workspaces to determine whether first time setup completed successfully. Monitoring the success of first time setup is important because MED-V is not in a usable state until first time setup has completed successfully. This section also shows you can set up your environment to detect those network changes that can affect MED-V.

  • Manage MED-V Workspace Applications reviews how to install and remove or publish and unpublish applications on a deployed MED-V workspace. This section also shows how to manually update software in a MED-V workspace and how to manage automatic updates. The MED-V workspace is a virtual machine that contains a separate operating system whose automatic software update process must be managed exactly like the physical computers in your enterprise.

  • Manage MED-V URL Redirection reviews how to add and remove web address redirection settings on the deployed MED-V workspace. You can add or remove URL redirection information through the registry or by rebuilding the MED-V workspace. You can also use the wizard on the MED-V Workspace Packager to manage web address redirection.

  • Manage MED-V Workspace Settings reviews how to view and edit MED-V configuration settings by using the MED-V Workspace Packager. This section lists all the configurable MED-V registry keys and includes the type, default, and description of each. This section also includes information about how to manage printers in MED-V workspaces. In MED-V 2.0, printer redirection gives users a consistent printing experience between the MED-V virtual machine and the host computer.

See Also

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