Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MED-V 1.0 available as Beta (finally a windows alternative to VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop)

I read about MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) a while back and was happy to see this addtion to the microsoft virtualization family.

The main goal with the product is to let you deal with noncompatile applications when upgrading your os, atleast that seems to be the major benefit altough if you read more about it on the official MED-V website it looks like there might be some intressting areas of application in the future.

You can go download the beta and start playing around with it but once it becomes final you will only be available through the "Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack" which you only get if you have purchased a "Windows Client Software Assurance" license.

You might wonder what my intrest in this product is since after all my main line of work is not dealing with the infrastructure (although I need to keep tabs on it)? The thing is that in dealing with architectural issues and process development I tend to work alot with products in beta of alot of virtual machines with different configurations to evaulate new ideas and technologies.

It mainly boils down to one thing that has bugged me alot since I saw such products as VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop on the Mac. I really missed the ability to run applications in a seamless fashion without having to dealing with switching between different virtual machine. It finally looks like I will be able to do this with MED-V, a little word of warning though beta 1 does not support Windows 7 as a host environment yet altough there are rumors that it will become available soon.

For more information read the following posts on the subject:

"Springboard Series - The Resource for Windows Desktop IT Professionals : Beta 1 for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 1.0 (MED-V) is now available".

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Beta is publicly available

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