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Windows 2008 EntEd Server Core with Hyper-V RC0, SCVMM 2008 Beta and XenDesktop

Gabe Carrejo has an step-by-step guide on setting up from scratch XenDesktop with SCVMM and Server Core! There is a really good step-by-step guide that is great for newbies that are starting out! Well worth a dry run through and setting up for your self!

This assumes you are familiar with the XenDesktop Getting Started Guide. Also, this is not meant to be a “How To” for setting up the XenDesktop components generally.

Disclaimer: DO NOT USE RC1, EVEN THOUGH IT IS AVAILABLE. Microsoft expects a version of SCVMM (which XenDesktop needs) that works with RC1 shortly, perhaps the week of June 9th.


· A separate Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 machine for remote management of HyperV
· SCVMM Beta 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/downloadbeta.mspx
· XenDesktop 2.0 RTM: Available after logging into MyCitrix
· CoreConfigurator or CLI knowledge of Windows Server Core “programming”
· If you plan on using PVS for Vista in Standard Image mode, you will need a KMS license, with 25 activated physical machines in the network
· XenApp infrastructure – this “lipo’s” the footprint of the Operating System, and reduces the management of the guest OS significantly

HyperV System

1. Install Windows 2008 Core Services – don’t add any roles yet!
2. Assign ipaddress and computername: http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/11/04/windows-server-2008-core-screencast-series-watch-all-eight-parts-here.aspx
3. For non-CLI jockeys, download and install CoreConfigurator here: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/guyt/archive/2008/03/22/windows-server-core-coreconfigurator-to-the-rescue.aspx

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