MED-V Installation Prerequisites

The following are prerequisites for installing MED-V:

Active Directory Requirements

Report Database

Antivirus/Backup Software Configuration

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Active Directory Requirements

When configuring the MED-V server, if users are not part of the same domain the server belongs to, a trust must be set between the domains.

How to Install the Report Database

The report database is required for storing all MED-V workspace logs. The log database is then used for generating MED-V reports. For information about reports, see MED-V Reporting.

SQL Server can be installed on the same server as the MED-V server or on a remote server. If installing on a remote server, see Installing SQL Server on a Remote Server.

Installing SQL Server on a Remote Server

To install SQL Server on a remote server

  1. Configure the following on the remote server:

    • Instance name—Default instance

    • Authentication mode—Mixed mode

    • User—The default user created is “sa”

    • Password—Desired password

    • Collation Settings—Default

    • Error in usage report settings—Default

  2. Install the following files on the MED-V server:

    For more information about these files, see Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack on the Microsoft Download Center ( or Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on the Microsoft Download Center (

Antivirus/Backup Software Configuration

To prevent antivirus activity from affecting the performance of the virtual desktop, it is recommended where possible to exclude the following virtual machine file types from any antivirus or backup processing running on the host:

  • *.VMC

  • *.VUD

  • *.VSV

  • *.CKM

  • *.EVHD

How to Install and Configure Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

If Virtual PC for Windows exists on the host computer, uninstall it before installing Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

To install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1

  1. Download Virtual PC 2007 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

  2. Run the installation file on the host computer, and follow the wizard.

  3. Install Virtual PC 2007 SP1 update on the host computer in elevated mode.

    For more information, see the description of the hotfix package for Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

    The Virtual PC 2007 SP1 update is required for running Virtual PC 2007 SP1.

Supported Configurations