There are two separate but related components to the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0 solution: the MED-V Host Agent and Guest Agent. The Host Agent resides on the host computer (a user’s computer that is running Windows 7) and provides a channel to communicate with the MED-V guest (the MED-V virtual machine running in the host computer). It also provides certain MED-V related functionality, such as application publishing.

Typically, you deploy and install the MED-V Host Agent by using your company’s preferred method of provisioning software. However, before deploying MED-V across your enterprise, you might prefer to install the Host Agent locally for testing. This section provides step-by-step instructions for manually installing the MED-V Host Agent.

The MED-V Guest Agent is installed automatically during first time setup.
Close Internet Explorer before you install the MED-V Host Agent, otherwise conflicts can occur later with URL redirection. You can also do this by specifying a computer restart during a distribution.

To install the MED-V Host Agent

  1. Locate the MED-V installation files that you received as part of your software download.

  2. Double-click the MED-V_HostAgent_Setup installation file.

    The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Host Agent Setup wizard opens. Click Next to continue.

  3. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then click Next.

  4. Select the destination folder for installing the MED-V Host Agent. Click Next.

  5. To begin the Host Agent installation, click Install.

  6. After the installation is completed successfully, click Finish to close the wizard.

    To verify that the installation of the Host Agent was successful, click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and then click MED-V Host Agent.

Until a MED-V workspace is installed, the MED-V Host Agent can be started and runs, but provides no functionality.

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