16 Apr 2010

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VM Prep tool for the VS 2010 RTM is now available

The VM Prep Tool for Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 RTM release in now available at http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vslabmgmt

The following are the new capabilities available in this release:

  • New GUI interface which provides a simpler and improved experience. The UI supports the following options
    • Self Service Mode:  This mode should be used by owners/users of Lab environments to quickly install/upgrade agents on VMs that are part of their Lab environment. They will need to login to the VM as an administrator and run this tool on the VM to start off the installation process.
    • Admin Mode: This mode should be used by and Lab Administrators who are in charge of creating/upgrading templates with pre-installed agents. This mode requires the tool to be run from a machine with SCVMM Administrator console installed and requires the user to be an SCVMM delegated administrator.
  • Simplified UI based experience for creating VM templates, without the need to author XML configuration files.
  • Support for upgrading Visual Studio Agents on virtual machines. The tool has been enhanced to provide support for upgrading from Beta2 or RC version to RTM version of agents.
  • The Tool now enables Remote desktop connection on the VMs as part of the configuration process.
  • The Tool now provides an option to disable machine account passwords from expiring. This enables domain joined Lab environments to continue functioning when they are reverted to an old snapshot.