Last week MED-V 1.0 SP1 was released as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 refresh. This update adds some key new functionality:
- Support for Windows 7 hosts – both 32-bit and 64-bit
- Support for running the MED-V server on Windows Server 2008 R2
- Support for Japanese Windows versions
Note that MED-V 1.0 SP1 still only supports Virtual PC 2007 SP1, so you will be running Virtual PC 2007 SP1 on Windows 7 (not Windows Virtual PC). That said – I am still really happy to see this come out as it means that I can get rid of my last Vista computers and have Windows 7 everywhere.
It also means that I can use native VHD booting for my MED-V demo environment
Existing MDOP customers can download the MDOP 2010 Refresh at the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). For people with MSDN / TechNet subscriptions, the MDOP 2010 Refresh can be downloaded from MSDN and TechNet.
If you do not know what MED-V is or why you should care – if you need to use Virtual PC to solve an application compatibility problem on more than half-a-dozen computers – you need to be looking at MED-V to provide a deployment and management solution for your virtual machines. More details hare here: www.microsoft.com/med-v