Microsoft releases updated Windows 7 deployment tools

Microsoft releases updated Windows 7 deployment tools

Summary: Microsoft has made available for download Windows-7-friendly versions of two of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) tools as part of its campaign to get more businesses to move to Windows 7, and soon, Office 2010.


Microsoft has made available for download Windows-7-friendly versions of two of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) tools as part of its campaign to get more businesses to move to Windows 7, and soon, Office 2010.

Released on February 22 is the final version of Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6, as well as the near-final Release Candidate of the Service Pack 1 build of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). These two tools ultimately will be part of MDOP 2010, the first of two MDOP releases that Microsoft officials are expecting to roll out in calendar 2010. (Today, MED-V 1.0 SP1 is being released simultaneously with MDOP 2010, as it is not yet in final form.)

MDOP is a bundle of various deployment tools that Microsoft sells to Software Assurance customers only. At the end of last year, when it added a previously-unscheduled MDOP 2009 R2 release to its line-up, Microsoft announced its intention to release MDOP 2010 in the first calendar quarter of this year.

App-V enables application streaming, making it quicker and easier for users/admins to deploy applications on a new operating system by allowing customers to download/use programs when they need them. App-V is the technology that will enable the "Click-to-Run" distribution option for Office 2010, by the way. MED-V enables users to run applications -- such as line-of-business apps that require Internet Explorer 6, for example -- in a virtualized desktop environment.

Any of the existing 25 million MDOP licensees can download MDOP 2010 from Microsoft's Volume Licensing Site. The MED-V 1.0 SP1 RC is available for immediate download and evaluation via the Microsoft Connect site. Evaluation versions of MDOP 10 also are available for download from MSDN and TechNet, according to Microsoft.

The 4.6 release will be the first version of App-V developed entirely by Microsoft, said Gavriella Schuster, General Manager of Windows Commercial Product Management. Based on the SoftGrid technology Microsoft purchased a couple of years back -- App-V 4.6 provides 64-bit support for Windows 7 client and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers for the first time. It also adds support for Windows 7 users who want to stream applications on mobile devices and access those applications offline. The 4.6 version is more tightly integrated with Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager product, so that users/admins don't need to wait for policy refreshes before applications install. The new release also adds support for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenarios by providing a shared cache on a server for delivering applications.

MED-V is application virtualization software based on technology Microsoft acquired from Kidaro in 2008. The RC of SP1 is out today; the final version of this tool is expected to hit in April. SP1  of MED-V support 32- and 64-bit Windows 7.

Microsoft's message in getting the latest virtualization technologies out to its business customers is there's no need to wait to deploy Windows 7 and Office 2010 (which is slated for availability by June 2010).  While acknowledging that most corporate customers will wait for Microsoft to release to manufacturing the final Office 2010 bits before deploying them in a production setting, Schuster said the new MDOP tools will mean that Windows 7 enterprise customers "don't need to wait for Office 2010," even if they want to minimize the number of times they need to touch users' desktops.

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Microsoft, Software, Virtualization, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • That cinches it! Don't delay your deployment of Windows 7!


    Or, you could take your time, be more pragmatic and say, "what's the rush?".

    I need to find a way to save money, not spend more of it on upgrades that I may really not need.

    That's it. Do I really need Windows 7? Ask your CEO that question.

    The fact is that Ubuntu Linux 9.10 will cost you nothing ($0.00) per seat and you'll find that it will run equally well on older equipment such as Windows XP machines that you assumed would need to be replaced.

    Don't throw away those XP machines--reprovision them with Ubuntu Linux 9.10 and see all of your security issues go away and discover that you can do everything that XP does without the big price tag of Windows 7.

    Take a look at Ubuntu 9.10 Linux before you get yet another costly upgrade that you can't afford with Windows 7.

    Ubuntu 9.10 Linux, the safest and most versatile operating system on the planet.

    Thank you.

    Dietrich T. Schmitz
    Linux Advocate
    • what's up

      what's up Schmitz,
      i've been reading here for awhile and I see
      your posts a lot you seem to know your stuff.
      i have a question though, let's say a company
      in the next 3 months follows your advice and
      dumps xp/vista/7, won't dumping MS cost them a
      serious boat load of money??? I know ubuntu is
      free but the OS is just 1 of the tools any
      company uses. What about all their other
      software they use that won't run on ubuntu,
      won't that cost the company big $$$$ because
      now they have to find new tools (software) to
      use? let's be real, many people out there
      don't know how to use ubuntu and training will
      cost the company $$ again.

      What about support? Who supports ubuntu if a
      big company (1,000-10,000 computer) deploys it
      and they need help? I seriously don't know the
      answer to this question, if there are companies
      that offer support for ubuntu like MS supports
      windows, is the cost a huge saving???

      many people here say, "Dump windows, OSX,
      ubuntu" but they don't mention what it will
      cost the company to dump what ever OS they use.

      I'm not trying to argue with you like many
      others here do, I'm just trying to understand
      why people only give half of the story without
      mentioning the other half. I'm just a college
      dude that likes to read tech blogs i'm not
      trying to start a flame war or anything.

      • Wasabi: If you are a serious prospective customer...

        ...feel free to visit:

        There you will find answers to some of your questions.

        Inevitably, the kinds of issues an organization has are unique and so a summary of any kind here wouldn't be satisfactory in most cases.

        If after you've read the information you have additional questions, please feel free to open up a contact sales request form:

        Hope that helps!
      • You won't get answers - only canned rhetoric

        DTS doesn't give answers - only his answers to his interpretation of your question. He thinks he's clever. Few others do.

        For example:

        DTS: Can you possibly share with us the alternative to App-V that is included in MDOP?

        How will you enable my corporate LOB apps to be installed on demand by my 15,000 desktops all around the world, whilst allowing me to deliver complex apps via a virtualization environment that doesn't have a local PC footprint, saving my business millions of dollars in support and effort.

        And, before you jump in, no, VirtualBox/VMWare/whatever is not an effective alternative.

        Oh .. and while you're at it, please point me at the OSS version of SharePoint?

        And show me an OSS spreadsheet with all the capabilities and power of Excel.

        • You have convinced yourself that you need these things.

          Explain why you need each, and how much it will cost to implement?

          I am not wowed by your acronym buzz-speak.

          You need to convince CEOs of this and they won't tolerate this kind of techno-babble.

          You'll be tossed out of the boardroom on your ear.

          Put together a scenario that makes sense and I'll be happy to provide a rebuttal.
          • Re:

            "Explain why you need each, and how much it
            will cost to implement?"
            He need to deploy a LOB to 15,000 users
            worldwide and App-V solves his issue.

            "You need to convince CEOs of this and they
            won't tolerate this kind of techno-babble.

            You'll be tossed out of the boardroom on your
            The company needs to deploy a LOB and the IT
            presented a solution based in App-V that solves
            the problem. And you think he will be tossed?
            why? Because the solution isn't based in Linux?

            Linux is an excellent OS, but Windows has a
            better ecosystem, and I hope Linux catch with
            it soon. Until then, Windows wins in that
          • What CEOs Won't Tolerate

            [i]You need to convince CEOs of this and they won't tolerate this kind of techno-babble.[/i]

            CEOs also won't tolerate a forklift replacement of a company's underlying systems because it's "Cheaper" and/or "Safer" if it's going to cause massive headaches for them or their staff to [i]change[/i] how they utilize their computers or mission-critical applications. Not even touching the obvious issue of custom applications that don't function outside of a Wintel environment, but there will be a massive learning curve. Sure, the power users in your organization will take to it fairly quick, but there is still a good portion of a workforce that are "technophobic" (to say the least).
            Just because Linux in-and-of-itself may be "safer" than Windows doesn't mean it's entirely safe. There's still plenty of exploits that target Java, Flash, Acrobat/PDF, etc.

            Don't get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of the FOSS movement/communities, BSD, GNU, etc.; I just take issue to people saying "Oh, you shouldn't use (this) because it's made by Microsoft, and is therefore insecure, inefficient, and expensive". The fact is "You don't know what my business' or users' needs are", and there is no "Works perfectly for everyone, everytime" solution.

            Furthermore, it seems that you're trying to sell Ubuntu, what with the links to service and sales. Do you work for Canonical?
            Paul Newell
    • ^^ The above is spam

      I hope the mods delete it.
      Loverock Davidson
      • Loverock every post your ever made reeks of SPAM

        Loverock have you ever herd this expression "its
        like the pot calling the kettle black" it fits
        you to a tee
        Over and Out
        • The expression means nothing

          to self-deluded pot that has convinced itself it is a crystal vase.
          Viva la crank dodo
          • A crystal vase...

            ...that has a big blue "e" embossed in it's side...

            lol... :D
      • It is? Why?

        It's not advertising. It's not obscene. It's not hate speech. It's not even far off-topic. How exactly is it spam?

        There are plenty of points to counter D. T.'s position without having to settle for calling it spam. He focuses only on the cost of an OS, completely ignoring issues like replacement applications, training, file compatibility, customer contracts, etc.
    • Re:

      Does Ubuntu have an Office suite similar as
      Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,
      Publisher, OneNote, Sharepoint integration)?
      Can I use AutoCAD or Revit?
      What about Adobe CS?
      Does Linux have something similar as Group
      Policy or System Center so I can manage and
      modify the desktop in 100s or 1000s PCs?

      Thats a big advantage Windows have, like it or
  • Watch, rinse, repeat

    I still remember when a year ago they were hurrying people to deploy Vista. Before that it was... Oh they are all the same, I can no longer remember.

    Today the flavor is win7.
    The Mentalist
    • Re:

      "I still remember when a year ago they were
      hurrying people to deploy Vista."

      Same as Apple with Snow Leopard.
      Same as Red Hat with Enterprise Linux
      Same as Novell with Suse
      Same as IBM with Lotus Notes
      Same as Adobe with CS
      Same Symantec with Backup Exec
      Same as every company with their latest
      product. How is that a bad thing?
  • RE: Microsoft releases updated Windows 7 deployment tools

    I work for a major bio-tech firm.
    We have several hundred applications that are science related. Most are XP, a few are OSX, but none are Linux... Show me linux versions, and I can consider it.
  • WAIK?

    And I thought they had updated something like WAIK or USMT. MDOP is a set of admin tools not exactly deployment tools. The admin tools may be helping deployment OF Windows 7.
    • MS deployment tools get more cumbersome.

      They appear to be designed only for companies that do mass rollouts to large fleets of systems. I haven't found anything from them for W7 suitable for small shops that manage a few hundred systems and don't do mass upgrades (although I'm open to suggestion). One reason I've stuck with XP is I haven't found a W7 equivalent to the simple combination of SysPrep, Bart-PE, and Ghost32. WAIK, MDOP, Deployment Workbench, multiple servers; it's all far more than I need to use or learn just to deploy a few systems a month.
  • RE: Microsoft releases updated Windows 7 deployment tools

    It's also available for TechNet Plus users [that's the paid stuff].
    Gis Bun