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About This Guide

The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). It guides you through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the MED-V server instances needed is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, helping you to deliver managed virtual machines to end users. Following the steps in this guide should result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.


Figure 1. Decision flow chart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization includes the following four-step process:

Step 1: Define the Project Scope. This step involves defining the project scope to align the goals of the project with the business motivation.

Step 2: Determine the Number of MED-V Instances Required. This step involves determining the number of MED-V instances so that the server infrastructure can be designed for each instance in the next step.

Step 3: Design the Server Infrastructure. This step involves designing the server infrastructure for each MED-V instance, including determining whether the SQL Server instance will exist on the MED-V server or on a remote server, as well as the size of the SQL Server database.

Step 4: Design the Image Repositories. The design of the image repositories includes determining the image distribution techniques that will be used for each location and whether that location will require a local image repository. Each repository is then designed and placed, along with its accompanying IIS servers.


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