Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) also known as MDOP 2011 R2 has been released lately. MDOP is a suite of products that can help streamline desktop deployment, management, and support. This is especially useful for people running Windows networks. In the new release, MDOP 2011 R2 includes a new product Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM). There are two other tools that have been updated, Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) and Microsoft Asset Inventory Service.
Here is the list of tools included in MDOP 2011 R2
- Microsoft Application Virtualization (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)
Let’s talk about the tools in some detail:
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) transforms applications into centrally managed services that are never installed and don’t conflict with other applications. That means that users don’t have to wait for the applications to be installed on their computers before using them. This is a direct competitor to Citrix which has similar virtualization apps.
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
This tool removes the barriers to Windows upgrades by resolving application incompatibility with Windows 7. So using MED-V, you can easily upgrade your network to Windows 7 without having to think about the compatibility of your applications running on the currently installed Operating Systems.
Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)
AGPM makes it easier to securely manage Group Policy throughout your organization and control the change process around GPOs. With AGPM you can easily assign two or more editors to one GPO and if anything goes wrong, it can be easily controlled and reversed.
Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT)
This is the ultimate troubleshooting tool set for Windows. With DaRT the administrator can easily recover the computers which have become unstable. It can even help in diagnosing the causes of problems in Windows.
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
If you’re using BitLocker encryption in order to protect your data in Windows 7 computers and even portable hard drives, MBAM is the ultimate utility that will help you manage the BitLocker encryption in a network. It simplifies deployment and makes the process of encryption centralized.
Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS)
Microsoft Asset Inventory Service keeps track of all the software and hardware installed in a network. So managing your inventory becomes a simple task. This tool is a must have for Network Administrators.
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