MED-V Documentation – Now Available on TechNet!

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) documentation library has recently been published to TechNet! This is the first time that MED-V documentation has been made available online and you can now see the newly published MED-V Planning, Deployment, and Operations Guide in the MED-V documentation library on TechNet here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee348978.aspx!

Having the documentation available online is a huge advantage over downloadable guides only because it makes the MED-V documentation available from a Web search and, even more importantly, it allows us to regularly update the documentation between product releases to address your concerns and comments about it. To be sure that you’re always getting the latest documentation about MED-V, you can check the topics in the MED-V documentation library, with the exception of orientation topics that just provide links to other topics, for their “Updated” date which tells you how recently the information in that topic was changed or updated. Please note that the information on the TechNet library will always be the most up-to-date and should be considered authoritative if content on the Download Center and TechNet are not the same.

So, if you have a minute, please take a look at the new documentation online and let us know what you think! As always, we the MED-V doc team, will be monitoring the MED-V documentation feedback alias for your comments and suggestions  (medvdocs@microsoft.com) and thanks in advance for your efforts in helping to improve the documentation!

Brand new Windows Sysinternals tool – Disk2vhd version 1.0

 

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).

Disk2vhd

The Official MDOP Blog : App-V 4.6 Public Beta now available for download!

 

Today, I am happy to announce immediate availability of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 Beta. At TechEd EMEA we announced our commitment to ship the next version of App-V in H1 2010.  In March of this year, as part of the MDOP 2009 launch, we indicated that the development of App-V 4.6 was underway.  Today, we have reached a major milestone and are a step closer to our goal.

The Official MDOP Blog : App-V 4.6 Public Beta now available for download!

Want to deliver Citrix apps via System Center? It’s coming in 2010! – Brian Madden – BrianMadden.com

 

The other part of yesterday’s Citrix / Microsoft announcement was that you’ll soon be able to manage XenApp environments via Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

Remember that Systems Center is the name for a whole family of products. Citrix XenApp has always had support for System Center “Operations Manager,” which meant that you could view the health of your Citrix servers and get inventories and metrics and stuff. Yesterday’s announcement was about Systems Center “Configuration Manager,”—the product that used to be called SMS—which is used for remotely installing and deploying software to servers and desktops.

Want to deliver Citrix apps via System Center? It’s coming in 2010! – Brian Madden – BrianMadden.com

Microsoft Press – Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Free E-Book Offer

This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Microsoft Press – Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Free E-Book Offer