MED-V 1.0 SP1 Available – Now with Windows 7 Support

MED-V 1.0 SP1 Available – Now with Windows 7 Support

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Last week MED-V 1.0 SP1 was released as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 refresh.  This update adds some key new functionality:

  • Support for Windows 7 hosts – both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Support for running the MED-V server on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Support for Japanese Windows versions

Note that MED-V 1.0 SP1 still only supports Virtual PC 2007 SP1, so you will be running Virtual PC 2007 SP1 on Windows 7 (not Windows Virtual PC).  That said – I am still really happy to see this come out as it means that I can get rid of my last Vista computers and have Windows 7 everywhere.

It also means that I can use native VHD booting for my MED-V demo environment :-)

Existing MDOP customers can download the MDOP 2010 Refresh at the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).  For people with MSDN / TechNet subscriptions, the MDOP 2010 Refresh can be downloaded from MSDN and TechNet.

If you do not know what MED-V is or why you should care – if you need to use Virtual PC to solve an application compatibility problem on more than half-a-dozen computers – you need to be looking at MED-V to provide a deployment and management solution for your virtual machines.  More details hare here: www.microsoft.com/med-v

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Hi. It is interesting what version of Integration features included with MED-V 1.0 SP1 and could it be obtained for regular Windows 7 users?

    Right now, I use Windows 7 x86, Windows Virtual PC on top of it, and virtualized Windows 2000 SP4 with VMAdditions from Virual PC 2007 SP1 v13.823 installed.

    I've got some problems:

    1) clipboard doesn't shared between host and guest (of course Integrations features are on)

    2) device manager on guest shows question marked device located on "Bridge Intel 82371AB/EB PCI - ISA"

    3) network speed is near 6Mb/sec in shared NAT mode, in bridged mode it is very awfull and almost unusable - only 8Kbytes/sec with the host!

    Could problems all or some of problems mentioned be solved with new VMAdditions?

    Host computer is rather old (Celeron D340@3,3Ghz) and without hardware-assisted virtualization, by the way.

  • I think the main problem of MED-V is that is difficult to configure for the first use. And is a non-Microsoft stile what makes it less intuitive than other Microsoft products. But it is a very useful tool.

  • IL -

    Windows 2000 is not supported on Windows Virtual PC - which is why all the features you mention are not available.  There are no updated Windows 2000 components that will enable this functionality.

    Cheers,

    Ben

  • Many thanks, Ben!

    Hope upgrading Windows 2000 to XP solves all or most of the issues. I shall try.

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