Deploying Windows Vista or Windows XP as the guest operating system in a Virtual Machine

Deploying Windows Vista or Windows XP as the guest operating system in a Virtual Machine

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Overview

The purpose of this post is to help an Administrator configure a Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system in a virtual machine for a Remote Desktop Services Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment.

This post is an addendum to the Step 2: Installing and Configuring the Virtual Machine section for the following Step-by-Step guides published in Microsoft ®TechNet:

  1. Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide.
  2. Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide.
  3. Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using Remote Desktop Web Access Step-by-Step Guide.
  4. Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide.

Additional Steps required to support Windows Vista and Windows XP

The following steps need to be completed before the Configure the virtual machine for Remote Desktop Services section in the guides mentioned above.

  1. Choose supported operation system: Install the supported version of the Windows Vista or Windows XP as the guest operating system. The following link contains the reference to the list of various supported versions of Windows Vista or Windows XP.
  2. Install Integration Services component: Follow the instructions here at Step 4: To install the integration services on the virtual machine.
  3. Only for Windows XP: Install PowerShell package: Follow the instructions here to install this package. This step is not needed if you are using VBS script for configuring the guest operating systems.

    The following steps need to be completed before moving on the Step 3 in the guides mentioned above.
  4. Only for Windows XP: Restart the Windows XP machine.

Additional Resources

  1. Configure Guest OS for Microsoft VDI using Powershell: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ScriptCenter/en-us/bd2e02d0-efe7-4f89-84e5-7ad70f9a7bf0
  2. Configure Guest OS for Microsoft VDI using VB Script: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ScriptCenter/en-us/68462b23-0890-4dbd-95b6-8de5763e4f68)
    Note: If you choose to use the VB Script to automate configuring the settings, then you can skip Step# 3 in the section above.
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