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How to Deploy a MED-V Workspace in a Windows 7 Image

Updated: March 10, 2011

Applies To: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0

You can install all the MED-V components into a Windows 7 image that you distribute throughout your enterprise just as you would any new installation of Windows 7. The end user then finishes the installation of the MED-V workspace by clicking a Start menu shortcut that you configure to start MED-V. First time setup starts and the end user follows the instructions to complete the configuration.

The following section provides information and instructions to help you deploy the MED-V workspace throughout your enterprise by using a Windows 7 image.

To deploy a MED-V workspace in a Windows 7 image

  1. Create a standard image of Windows 7. For more information, see Building a Standard Image of Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=204843).

  2. In the Windows 7 image, install Windows Virtual PC and the Windows Virtual PC updates. For more information, see Configure Installation Prerequisites.

  3. Install the MED-V Host Agent by using the MED-V_HostAgent_Setup installation file. For more information, see How to Manually Install the MED-V Host Agent.

    Internet Explorer must be closed 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.

  4. Copy the MED-V workspace package files to the Windows 7 image. The MED-V workspace package files are the MED-V workspace installer, .medv file, and setup.exe file that you created by using the MED-V Workspace Packager .

    The .medv and setup.exe file must be in the same folder as the MED-V workspace installer. Then, install the MED-V workspace by running setup.exe.

  5. Configure a shortcut on the Start menu to open the MED-V workspace package installation.

    Create a Start menu shortcut to the setup.exe file that lets the end user start a MED-V installation as required.

  6. By using your company’s standard image deployment process, distribute the Windows 7 image to computers in your enterprise that require MED-V.

When the end user has to access an application published in the MED-V workspace, they can click the Start menu shortcut to install the MED-V workspace. This automatically starts first time setup and completes the configuration of MED-V. After first time setup is complete, the end user can access the MED-V applications on the Start menu.

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