The Understand Virtualized Clients module provides you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands on skills in the following topics:

  • Install and Configure Windows XP Mode
  • Understanding Remote Desktop
  • Understanding Remote Desktop Services

Exercise 1 - Install and Configure Windows XP Mode

Using Windows XP Mode, you can run old applications that were designed for Windows XP on computers running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate Editions.

Windows XP Mode works in two ways—both as a virtual operating system and as a way to open programs within Windows 7. It runs in a separate window on the Windows 7 desktop, much like a program, except it's a fully-functional, fully-licensed version of Windows XP. You can access your physical computer's CD/DVD drive, install programs, save files, and perform other tasks as if you were using a computer running Windows XP.

When using Windows XP Mode, the legacy application is installed in the Windows XP virtual machine. Then a program shortcut is created in Windows 7 where you run the old application.

Exercise 2 - Understanding Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop is built-in remote administration tool that can be used by administrators to remotely administer Windows servers in a network. It allows two concurrent connections to a server by user accounts given administrative rights on the remote server.

Exercise 3 - Understanding Remote Desktop Services

You can install Remote Desktop Services to allow more than two connections to a server for purposes like application sharing.

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