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

jamiejdt|Last Updated: 9/1/2016
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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.

  • Creating a Windows Virtual PC Image for MED-V 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.

  • Creating a Windows Virtual PC Image for MED-V 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 ( addresses several known application compatibility issues.

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

  • Creating a Windows Virtual PC Image for MED-V 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.

Operations for MED-V

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

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

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