Microsoft delivers 2014 Windows desktop optimization pack update

Microsoft delivers 2014 Windows desktop optimization pack update

Summary: The 2014 version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of Windows virtualization, management and security tools is available for volume licensees.

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Microsoft has made the latest version of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) available for download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

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As of May 1, Windows users with Software Assurance can download MDOP 2014 -- Microsoft's suite of virtualization, management and security tools.

MDOP 2014 includes Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.5, which adds some new compliance-focused features. The 2.5 release provides support for Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2. MBAM 2.5 takes advantage of the FIPS-compliant recovery-key password that's part of Windows 8.1, and/or the Data Recovery Agent (DRA) protector, which also is supported in Windows 7.

MDOP 2014 also includes a spring update to Microsoft Application Virtualization (5.0) Service Pack 2. (That update also is known as Hotfix Package 4.) The update provides enhancements to application publishing, refresh and launch improvements, as well as other general improvements to App-V designed to simplify testing and rollout of new versions of virtualized applications, according to Microsoft.

MDOP 2014 also includes the other usual MDOP tools, including Advanced Policy Group Management (APGM); the
Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT); and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).

Microsoft made the 2013 version of MDOP available to its volume licensees with Software Assurance in April 2013. The company released an updated version, MDOP 2013 R2, in December 2013, which added Windows 8.1 support.

Topics: Virtualization, IT Priorities, Microsoft, Security, Windows, IT Policies

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  • MDOP 2014

    it would be nice if this was available for It's
    dnationsr
  • Why?

    Microsoft needs to make the final break from its stogie 20th century business model and allow customers to buy individual products outside of a EA. My company has never had an EA, don't want one, and so a product like MDOP simply is not even worth looking into.
    Rann Xeroxx
  • Microsoft has so many things they need to get right...

    but a large one is figuring out what makes their Products worth having to people. Case in point, I have basic Windows 8.1 (not Pro, Enterprise, etc...) in my laptop and it doesn't even come with RDP baked in. I have to spend more money (by buying a more feature full version i.e. expensive version of Windows) to get the ability to Remote Control it (or go out and buy something else or chose one of a group of add on products, some free, some not). RDP should be built into basic Windows 8.X. Sadly, just another in a long list of things Microsoft doesn't get about it users.
    jkohut
  • Wow.

    Rann Xeroxx - Windows on Software Assurance is the requirement for subscribing to MDOP - not an Enterprise Agreement. If you had some experience with tools like App-V, AGPM, DART, MBAM & UE-V you'd completely understand how it awesome it is for time-strapped IT admins supporting desktops. (Esp MBAM - OMG, this 2.5 rev is epic) If you're a Select customer you have access to the entire suite of MDOP tools so you could easily download them from the VLSC & try them out in your lab.

    jkohut - RDP isn't free & you have to pay for it, just like anything else that isn't advertising-funded. You admit to having a cheap version of Windows and you admit to valuing remote desktop. So either pay for it, buy a 3rd party solution, or stop complaining.
    bruinsensei