VIDEO: How to Install MS VDI on as Single Server using Windows 7 Guests

VIDEO: How to Install MS VDI on as Single Server using Windows 7 Guests

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People have asked us how easy it is to install a complete MS VDI solution and how many servers does it take.  I’ve created a video to showcase that you can setup a complete solution including backend, broker, and web publishing to provide virtualized clients on a single physical Windows Server 2008 R2 box.  This sample uses Windows 7 for the guest.  The complete 9 minute video is at

To learn more about Microsoft VDI: (step-by-step guides) (scripts)

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  • I install MS VDI on as Single Server.I can only use  Windows 7 guest.I want use WindowsXP guest,How to configure it ?

  • Would have been nice with a resolution that allows you to at least get a picture of what's happening on screen.

  • Awesome; thank you!  This answers a lot of my questions!  However, it also brings up some others...most of which would be answered if the resolution of the video had been better. :-)

    1. First of all (this question is just my lack of understanding), it looks like your video starts with you on a Win7 PC, and then you RDP into the Hyper-V Server, on which you have Server and PD VMs.  Please explain a) how you are RDPing into a server on another domain, b) your virtual network setup...are the VM Servers using external networks? Internal? Private? I'm still trying to grasp this concept and need more help!, and c)what server and client licences would this setup require in a "real" environment?

    2. Is the Hyper-V Server Domain joined?  If so, to what?  The "Infrastructure Server"?  If yes, how?  Did you create the Infrastructure Server VM, dcpromo it, then go back out to the Hyper-V server and join it to the VM?

    3. What versions of 2008 are you running on each server?  Enterprise? Standard? Why?

    4. When running the VB script from the Win7 VM PD, you go to a cmd box and type "cscript"...something.  Can't see it in the video; did you just enter the name of the .vbs file?  Or did you use any switches?

    5. When adding the user to the RDU group on the PD, are you adding the domain user account, or a local user account that you created on the PD?  

    6. Around 12:42 in the video, when you go back to the Win7 machine you're presenting from and open a browser to get to RDWeb, what address are you entering?  is it the ws08r2 box?  Or...?  Just can't see it...

    7. Around 15:55 in the video, you say you connect "directly to the VM and setup the appropriate RDP settings". Which VM are you connecting to, and what RDP settings did you change?

    Again, thanks for the awesome video; I'm sure more people than just me are curious about some of these questions, and we look forward to hearing back from you!



  • Help!  The "Configure Virtual Desktops Wizard" on the connection broker machine is failing; I get a "can't add COMPUTER to GROUP"...thoughts? (I've also asked this question in the Microsoft Forums.)


  • Ok; I've answered some of my questions by trial and error:

    2. In my case, yes, yes, and yes. :-)

    4. cscript filename.vbs (enter)

    5. domain user account

    6. https://servername/rdweb

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the others, but they aren't showstoppers.

    Oh; and the "can't add COMPUTER to GROUP" was resolved after blowing all the servers away and starting over... :-)

  • Hi Bill,

    Glad you found answers to some of your questions. About the others:

    1. a) You should be able to RDP into your server even if it's in a different domain (you are still able to ping it's IP address, right..?). b)Not sure exactly what network the demo has setup, but i have done both internal and external. If you setup internal, then you have to create an AD server in there. If you setup external network (and share the host NIC, for example), then you can use another existing external AD (provided you have some admin rights on that AD to do user assignment). c)to learn about licensing you can start with

    3)I believe the demos should have WS08 R2 Enterprise versions but i think standard should work - see guide here:

    7)Connect to the VM that will be used by the end users - you need to make sure that the users will have RDP rights to logon to that VM.

  • Excellent Video,  

    Thanks, is possible in the future view how to publishing RDP port in the internet for a thin clients?


  • Can anyone please let me know how to configure dynamic VDI.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Zeeshan Butt

  • The video link doesn't work.  It just goes to the Showcase.

  • Apologies for the missing video.  It's back now.

  • First video link just brings you to a generic page with videos on it.

  • Hi, Is there any chance the link to the video can be re-added?

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