As expected, the 2009 R2 release of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is now available for download for MDOP customers through MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Microsoft also took the time to note that MDOP has been licensed for over 21 million desktops worldwide.
Microsoft is touting "immediate savings with little IT investment" for the new release of MDOP, especially when integrated with a company's plans for Windows 7:
- Optimize Windows 7 deployment using Application Virtualization, reducing PC provisioning time, simplifying application delivery and update, and increasing productivity with user roaming
- Enhance Windows 7 manageability, by addressing common system/application failures (with DEM), repairing unbootable PCs (with DaRT), and controlling Group Policy change (with AGPM)
In the new version, server and management components support Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows 7 support is available for all components except for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), which provides deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops to help enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows even when some applications are not yet compatible. Windows 7 support will be added in MED-V 1.0 SP1. Microsoft previously announced SP1 is slated for Q1 2010 and it is now saying that a beta version of MED-V 1.0 SP1 will be available by the end of 2009.
At the same time, Microsoft noted that version 2.0 of Asset Inventory Service (AIS), which can track your existing assets to improve Windows 7 deployment planning, will have a series of enhancements that customers have requested: enhanced hardware inventory, new Silverlight-based user interface, scale to 100,000 PCs, improved volume license reconciliation, and ability to track virtual applications. The AIS 2.0 beta is now available on Microsoft Connect (registration closes by October 24th) and the final release will be available in H2 CY2010.
MDOP is a set of desktop management tools that is designed to make it easier for IT managers and system administrators to manage and maintain large PC environments. Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 was released in April 2009. At the time, Microsoft said there were 14.4 million MDOP customers, meaning in the last six months the company has managed to grab another 7 million or so users.
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