Posts Tagged ‘XP Mode’

Short list of Microsoft Desktop Virtualisation solutions

October 13, 2010 1 comment

And how you can use them in your organization:

VDI: Enables users to access their personalized Windows desktops hosted on servers. For many organizations, virtualizing desktops within the datacenter is seen as an excellent means to provide a centrally-managed Windows desktop to connected users.

Session Virtualization: Makes it possible for you to run an application or an entire desktop in one location, but have it be controlled in another. Session virtualization allows you to install and manage session-based desktops and applications, or virtual-machine based desktops on centralized servers in the datacenter; deliver images to users, and send keystrokes and mouse movements from user client machines, in turn, back to the server. From a user perspective, applications are integrated seamlessly—looking, feeling, and behaving like local applications.

 MED-V: Provides you with the ability to deploy and manage virtual Windows desktops to help enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows, without having to worry about application compatibility. MED-V provides organizations the ability to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning, and centralized management.

App-V: Helps you make business applications available to end users on any authorized PC. App-V decouples applications from the OS and helps to eliminate application-to-application incompatibility, as applications are no longer installed on the local client machine. In addition, application streaming expedites the application delivery process so that your IT department no longer needs to install applications locally on every machine.

RemoteApp: Enables programs that are accessed remotely through Terminal Services to appear as if they are running on the end user’s local computer. Users can run RemoteApp programs side by side with their local programs. A user can minimize, maximize, and resize the program window, and can easily start multiple programs at the same time. If a user is running more than one RemoteApp program on the same terminal server, the RemoteApp programs will share the same Terminal Services session.

Data and User Settings: Utilizes folder redirection and roaming profiles to enable you to make the user’s personal profile and data available dynamically on any authorized PC, and to back up personal profiles and data to the datacenter.

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Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies.

Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

Virtualization: Top 10 Virtualization Best Practices

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Source:TechNet Magazine  , by Wes Miller *

Virtualization has gone from being a test lab technology to a mainstream component in datacenters and virtual desktop infrastructures. Along the way, virtualization has occasionally received a “get out of jail free” card, and has not had the same degree of efficient IT practices applied to virtual deployments as would be expected of actual physical machines. This is a mistake.

If you had an unlimited budget, would you let everyone in your organization order a new system or two and hook it up to the network? Probably not. When virtualization first appeared on the scene, unlimited and unmanaged proliferation was kept in check by the fact that there was actually a cost associated with hypervisor applications. This provided some line of defense against rogue virtual machines in your infrastructure. That is no longer the case.

There are several free hypervisor technologies available, for both Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors. Anyone in your organization with Windows installation media and a little free time can put up a new system on your network. When virtual machines are deployed without the right team members knowing about it, that means a new system can become an unwelcome honeypot for new zero-day vulnerabilities, ready to take down other systems on your network that are business critical.

Virtual systems should never be underappreciated or taken for granted. Virtual infrastructures need to have the same best practices applied as actual physical systems. Here, we will discuss 10 key best practices that should always be on your mind when working with virtual systems.

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*Wes Miller is the director of Product Management at CoreTrace ( in Austin, Texas. Previously, he worked at Winternals Software and as a program manager at Microsoft. Miller can be reached at

Windows 7 XP Mode : hotfix if your computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
If you receive the message “This computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization,” your computer does not meet the hardware requirement for Windows Virtual PC, but you can still use Windows 7 XP Mode by running this hotfix.
Be aware that XP Mode will run much better if hardware-assisted virtualization can be enabled.
If you receive the message “Hardware-assisted virtualization is not enabled on this computer,” turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS

If you receive the message “This computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualization,”  download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.