Released: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 Beta

Microsoft on Tuesday released a new beta test version of its desktop virtualization solution for organizations.

Microsoft’s idea behind MED-V is to let organizations run an older operating system and applications in a virtual machine on top of the Windows 7 desktop. MED-V is described by Microsoft as a more robust desktop virtualization solution than Microsoft’s other desktop virtualization offering, Windows XP Mode, which is designed for smaller organizations transitioning off Windows XP. MED-V differs by enabling centralized management by IT pros. Moreover, MED-V can be deployed via Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and newer versions of that management solution.

Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of product management for Microsoft desktop virtualization explained in a blog post;

Customers told us that they are moving toward virtualization of their applications as their primary strategy for the future. Naturally, they want to be able to use App-V in conjunction with MED-V so that they have a consistent packaging methodology, regardless of the target. Now, App-V and MED-V are fully tested together and virtual apps can be deployed and managed within the MED-V 2.0 Beta workspaces.

Also, Dave Trupkin, senior product manager for MED-V and App-V, in a blog post said that Microsoft made a lot of small, but surprising, improvements in the MED-V 2.0 beta.

The beta of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 can be downloaded at the Microsoft Connect page. Accessing it requires a Windows Live ID and filling out a registration survey.

The other restriction to using MED-V is that Microsoft requires that organizations have the Software Assurance option of Microsoft’s volume licensing agreement in place. MED-V is actually one of about six tools in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), all of which are available to Software Assurance licensees.

Download: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 Beta.

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