Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Microsoft Released the Desktop Optimization Pack Tool

Microsoft Optimization Pack
Tech giant Microsoft has just made available the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) to its subscribers last 17 August 2015.

MDOP is a collection of virtualization, management and recovery tools for Windows business customers. It bundles together Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Application Virtualization for Windows Desktops (App-V), User Experience Virtualization (UEV), BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) and Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V).

The 2015 "Spring" release includes App-V 5.1; MBAM 2.5 Service Pack (SP) 1; UEV 2.1 SP1; DaRT 10; and AGPM 4.0 SP3. All of those updated pieces now include support for Windows 10. The full list of updated features for MDOP 2015 is available on the MDOP 2015 MSDN page by clicking "Details."

Microsoft delivered MDOP 2014 R2 in December 2014.

Earlier this year, Microsoft officials told customers that Microsoft planned to offer Enterprise users with Software Assurance free access to MDOP. To date, MDOP has been an optional but paid add-on for Enterprise and Software Assurance customers. As of the launch of Windows 10, MDOP was slated be included for free with Software Assurance for new customers and renewal customers, but not retroactively.

MDOP isn't the only set of Windows 10 tools for which business users are waiting. Several users are also interested to find out when will the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 be released. These tools allow Windows 10 PCs to connect to and manage Windows Server.

A Microsoft official said last month the Windows 10 version of RSAT should be out around mid-August.

A couple more Windows 10 tidbits that may be of interest to business users. For those who have been asing why some users who have PCs on domain-joined networks are having the "Update to Windows 10" app, if not Windows 10 itself, automatically downloaded to their PCs - a scenario Microsoft officials seemed to indicate wouldn't occur - there are various possible reasons.

Windows IT Pro's Rod Trent noted a few of them, including the fact some business users are set to get automatic updates via Windows Update, and some users log in to multiple domains.

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