Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 2 (App-V 4.6 SP2) provides new platform support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This service pack also provides the latest security and stability enhancements to help keep computers running App-V up-to-date, reliable, and more secure. The goal of this service pack is to increase the overall quality of the existing product features while maintaining a high level of compatibility with previous releases.
- Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 – App-V 4.6 SP2 adds support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services.
- Support for Coexistence with App-V 5.0 Client – App-V 4.6 SP2 provides support for coexistence with the App-V 5.0 client.
- Customer Feedback and Hotfix Rollup – App-V 4.6 SP2 also includes a rollup up of fixes to address issues found since the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 release.
Download the Service Pack here.
Microsoft has released a configuration pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 to facilitate MED-V.
This MED-V Configuration Pack tracks the successes and failures of FTS using the Desired Configuraiton Manager in Configuration Manager 2007.
After MED-V and its required components are installed, MED-V must be configured. The initial configuration of MED-V is known as first time setup (FTS). This is a critical step and if not completed users will not be able to use MED-V. This MED-V Configuration Pack provides a way for administrators to use the Desired Configuration Management feature of System Center Configuration Manager to track the successes and failures of FTS..
On this page you can download the pack and the reference guide.
Yesterday Microsoft started the Build conference.
They released a developer version of Windows 8 (workstation and server) last night and is available on the MSDN website for download.
If you didn’t see the keynote for Microsoft’s “build” click here.
If you want to run Windows 8 (server) in a virtual enviroment you need either Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer or VMWare’s Workstation 8.
You can download your copy of VMWare’s Workstation 8 version here.
For Xitrix XenServer just click here.
And last but certainly not least Microsoft Hyper-V is available here. This is a free stand-alone version where you don’t need a license for.
There is a lot of news from the build conference and you’ll have to follow me on Twitter (@jackcobben) to keep up. I’ll be posting some info on the blog but not everything.
For now this is it and until next time.
Here’s a multi video instruction to setup your boot to VHD configuration. The entire instruction can be found here, but the videos are shown down here.
In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization inside of the virtualized machine. Yes, you can run Hyper-V or Virtual PC from inside a Boot to VHD machine. There are lots of use cases for this technology; we will cover many of them. Just dual boot your machine to a drive that is a VHD file.
It is very clean, as the entire OS is in a VHD file. Having the OS fully encapsulated in a VHD means no changes are needed to partitions, and there is no confusion as to what files are for what OS. We will look at how to deploy it in different scenarios and we will take a deep dive into the boot technology (BCDEdit) that makes this new feature possible. Upon finishing this video series you will know how to setup a system with Boot To VHD. You will be able to deploy Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in a VHD on a machine that is already running a new OS, or on a machine with nothing on it yet (bare metal). We even go through the process of having to add the raid drivers for the disk while setting up the boot to VHD. Continue reading “Boot 2 VHD”
Found this post about the new vSpehere licence model.
Here a piece of the post.
“Before you upgrade to VMware vSphere 5, run the tool below to learn how much vRAM you are currently using and how much you are entitled to under vSphere 5 licensing.
Because vSphere 5 licensing is based on a per-processor basis with vRam entitlements, you need to make sure all license keys you have purchased are entered into vCenter Server.
The following vRAM entitlements will be given per license type: Continue reading “vSphere 5 License Overview”
Here are the hardware and software requirements for SCVMM 2012.
The software requirements of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM/SCVMM) 2012 are easy: Continue reading “SCVMM 2012 system requirements”
Brian Madden has taken the time to make an excellent spreadsheet to calculate the license costs between vSphere 4 and vSphere 5. Check this page to download the spreadsheet.
Until next time.
Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman have released their new book “VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive”. This book is available at Amazon in full colour and e-reader format. Frank and Duncan have written “vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive” to give you a better understanding of all the new clustering features vSphere 5.0 offers and how these integrate with each other. Continue reading “VMWare vSphere 5 clustering technical deepdive book release”
When you have a Hyper-V host with lots of memory installed on the host you don’t want the pagefile to be as big as the phycial RAM installed. Here’s a good “best practice” from Microsoft involving the use of pagefile on the Hyper-V host as well as the Hyper-V guests.
Enjoy. Continue reading “Hyper-V pagefile sizing (Host and guests)”
If you are deploying 64-bit Windows, you will need to deploy the 4.6 client. If you are planning your App-V deployment, I recommend deploying App-V 4.6 instead of App-V 4.5.
The current App-V client versions are shown in the table below: Continue reading “overview version numbers App-V”