Accelerate Windows 7 using MDOP's Desktop Virtualization: App-V and MED-V

Recently we announced MDOP 2010 including App-V 4.6 and MED-V v1 SP1 and the feedback has been great! As customers make the leap from traditional applications to leverage virtualization to optimize their desktops, they are looking for ways to streamline their deployment. Today we are happy to share investments that will enable customers, partners MVP's and Microsoft to share their expertise!

Attachmate Reflection 2011 to Offer Native Support for Microsoft App-V!  

Attachmate is the first software vendor to offer native support for Microsoft's Application Virtualization Solution. Attachmate Corporation today announced its next-generation terminal emulation software Attachmate Reflection® 2011, will soon be available for in App-V's native format for deployment within Microsoft App-V's application virtualization environment.  For more information on see the full Press Release from Attachmate.

App-V Sequencing Community for recipe sharing now live !

Virtual applications are created using the App-V Sequencer, we call this process "sequencing".  This is similar to "packaging" a physcial application using MSI.  As with MSI packaging sometimes you need to follow certain steps or create "custom actions" to get the package to behave in specific ways when it installs, this knowledge is normally maintained by the individual creating the package.  There are some similarities when sequencing virtual applications in that the individual has the knowledge in how to make it work.  In the case of App-V the individual often creates a "recipe" which documents the steps they took to create the virtual application.  The recipe allows the organization to share knowledge across individuals who are preparing applications for delivery and scale the knowledge throughout the organization.

Based on requests from the customers, partners and MVP's; we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a new community driven Recipe Forum on Microsoft TechNet. This forum is intended for App-V IT Pros within the App-V community to:  

  • Enable customers and partners to be successful with App-V by accelerating the packaging of App-V applications.
  • Accelerate the success with Windows 7 and virtualzation to improve the ROI through effective application of the products and technologies the customers own.
  • Promote ISV's, MVP's and customers expertise to share their best practice recipes in an effort to grow everyone's knowledge, expertise and save each other time by learning together.

You can now view prescriptive sequencing recipes for many applications at the Recipe Forum on Microsoft TechNet. In addtion to their announcement above, Attachmate has contributed to the recipe forum with a fully tested recipe for Reflection.  

The CommUnity is successful when you contribute. Our MVP's, customers, product teams and ISV's have started the initiative, now we need the community to grow the shared knowledge. We highly encourage you to contribute your recipe's to the community!   


MED-V V2 Beta availability in Q4 2010!

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) removes the barriers to Windows 7 upgrades by resolving application incompatibility issues from legacy LOB applications and Internet Explorer 6/7 web apps. MED-V v2 Beta will enable customers to pre-configure MED-V workspaces that can be delivered to user desktops via System Center Configuration Manager or any electronic software distribution (ESD) tools, and will also provide users with all the functionality of Windows XP Mode including seamless applications, USB support and printer capabilities.

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) v2 Beta will be available in CYQ4, Customers wishing to participate in the TAP program that begins Mid-June can email

The MED-V v2 TAP program benefits you with:

  • Designated point of contact on the product team
  • Regular communications with the product team
  • Opportunity to provide feedback for the MED-V v2 release
  • Access to pre-release versions of the product and the ability to deploy into production before the product ships
  • Priority 24x7 product support up until the shipping of the product, plus 30 days

We are extremely pleased by the momentum and the success of the MDOP technologies through the continued support of our customers, community and partners.  If you are at TechEd 2010 this week, swing by the Desktop Virtualization booth to say hello, see a demo and share your feedback! 


Karri Alexion-Tiernan
Director of Product Management
Microsoft Desktop Virtualization