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Appendix 1: How to Use MED-V

The following section provides high level information about how to set up and use MED-V to virtualize Internet Explorer® 7 and Internet Explorer 6 and provides best practices for running and securing your implementation. The configuration described in the sections that follow all assume that an Active Directory domain is already deployed.

How to Deploy and Configure MED-V

Instructions for deploying and configuring MED-V can be found at MED-V Deployment and Configuration on TechNet. Following is a summary of the high-level steps:

  1. Install and configure the MED-V Server component.

  2. Configure the Image Web Distribution Server.

  3. Install MED-V Client and MED-V Management Console.

  4. Create Virtual PC Image for MED-V.

  5. Create MED-V Workspace.

  6. Test, pack, and upload Virtual PC Image.

  7. Create and configure MED-V policy.

  8. Test Internet Explorer access from client workstation.

Also see the MED-V Quick Start Guide and the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Administration Video Series.

How to Define Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 URL Redirection with MED-V

A core function of MED-V is to redirect a URL from Internet Explorer 8 on a MED-V host to Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7 on the guest, allowing companies to move to Windows® 7. This is done by configuring a policy in the MED-V Management Console where it is then applied to MED-V users throughout the company. MED-V policy dictates the who, what, and how of applications – who will receive the policy, what applications or websites they will see or be redirected to, and how those will be seen by the user. In the case of redirecting websites, an administrator defines which sites should be redirected to the guest and what happens when the user types or selects a different site in the guest. The user simply interacts with the browser they are presented with, and the MED-V policy defined by the administrator manages the users’ experience.

The following screen shot shows a sample MED-V policy configuration in the MED-V Management Console, which can be used to publish Internet Explorer 6 to the host operating system. A workspace is defined and assigned to users (see the left pane for Workspaces in the following screenshot), and then the administrator can define what applications can be seen on the MED-V host from the MED-V workspace. This is done by selecting the applications tab and identifying the shortcuts that will be created on the MED-V host. In the published applications section, a shortcut to Internet Explorer 6 has been created, which allows the user to seamlessly launch Internet Explorer6 from the MED-V host. Publishing this shortcut is optional for automatic redirection but it demonstrates how any applications from the guest can be published to the host.

Screen shot of Applications tab

Figure 2. Applications tab.

The following screen shot shows a sample MED-V policy configuration, which redirects all guest browser requests for http://site1 to the MED-V Internet Explorer instance. An administrator can define a domain name or an IP address that will be redirected automatically from the MED-V host to the guest. Other features include the ability to force all other URLs browsed in the guest to be automatically redirected to the MED-V host as well as any “mailto” links. MED-V identifies the correct browser to deliver the content based on the MED-V policy.

Screen shot of Web tab

Figure 3. Web tab.

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