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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011

The new desktop optimization pack 2011 from Microsoft is here

The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. MDOP helps to improve compatibility and management (App-V/MED-V), reduce support costs (DEM/DaRT), improve asset management (AIS) and improve policy control (AGPM).


* Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 Service Pack 1 (App-V)
* Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
* Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
* Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)
* Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
* Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS)

MDOP Demos on Demo Showcase Suite
Show your customers the features and functionality of MDOP with newly available demos.

MDOP Customer Brochure
Provide an in-depth look at the six technologies that comprise this suite of management, deployment, and virtualization tools. Show your customers how, by working together, these innovative technologies make Windows desktop management easier.

The Optimized Desktop and Desktop Virtualization
Desktop virtualization is made up of a unique set of technologies that can help your customers decrease TCO, increase operational flexibility, and streamline IT management. Help your customers achieve the Microsoft optimized desktop vision by separating desktop resources from each other. And remove the tight dependencies between hardware, operating system, applications, and user data.

App-V Cost Reduction Study
Download this white paper to show your customers how App-V can help them realize annual cost savings of US$155 per PC (equal to 11.6 percent of its total cost of ownership), along with up to US$125 per PC in user productivity gains.

At this point in time, MDOP 2011 is available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

In addition, volume customers can head over to the Microsoft Volume Licensing website and grab the release as well.


App-V 4.6 SP1 – what are the changes, Dave Trupkin, Microsoft.
App-V 4.6 SP1 brings to the table enhancements to sequencing, a process through which traditional applications are concerted to App-V virtual applications, revealed Dave Trupkin, Senior Product Manager for App-V and MED-V.

“In this release, we’ve redesigned the sequencing process to make it even easier for new users to get started quickly. We provide step-by-step guidance for common packaging tasks, like creating a new package, updating a package, or packaging add-ins or middleware,” Trupkin stated.

“We’ve also added diagnostics to help alert packagers to potential issues before they become problems. App-V 4.6 SP1 is our easiest to use release ever.”

MED-V 2.0 is designed to streamline the process of deploying and managing legacy virtual applications that were built for Windows XP and now need to run on Windows 7.

Essentially, MED-V 2.0 enables IT pros to integrate apps into Windows 7, even though they’re running in the XP compatibility workspaces. Something like Windows XP Mode, but not quite.

“MED-V expands on the capabilities in Windows XP Mode by adding enterprise features, such as the ability to use a custom Windows XP image, automating first time setup and controlling URL redirection for Internet Explorer,” Trupkin explained.

“With MED-V 2.0, there’s no dedicated infrastructure. MED-V workspaces are distributed and managed with existing systems, such as System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 or higher.”

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