Microsoft makes available 2013 release of Desktop Optimization Pack

Microsoft makes available 2013 release of Desktop Optimization Pack

Summary: Microsoft has made its MDOP 2013 virtualization and management tools available for download by volume licensees.


Microsoft has made available for download its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2013 to its volume licensees with Software Assurance, officials announced on April 10.


MDOP is a bundle of virtualization and management products aimed at business customers.

Here's a quick guide to MDOP's acronym soup:

MBAM = Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring
AGPM = Advanced Policy Group Management
DaRT = Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
App-V = App Virtualization
UE-V = User Experience Virtualization

Microsoft provided this list of new features in MDOP 2013:

  • MBAM 2.0: New features including a Self Service Portal, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) integration, reporting enhancements, and simplified provisioning for Windows 8
  • AGPM 4.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1): Brings change management for Group Policy to Windows 8, making it easier for organizations to keep enterprise-wide desktop configurations up to date
  • DaRT 8.0 SP1: Accelerates desktop repair by adding support for 10 additional languages. Also includes a new Defender engine to better assist organizations in discovering malware
  • App-V 5.0 SP1: Enables organizations to use virtually any app anywhere, now with support for Office 2010
  • UE-V 1.0 SP1: Makes it easier for users to change devices, but keep their experience, now with support for Office 2007

Microsoft released the MDOP 2012 bundle in November 2012.

MDOP 2013 can be downloaded from the Volume Licensing Center.

Topics: Virtualization, Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows 8 in Business


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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  • Being that I am MSFT-Centric... least at work... Are there alternatives to these services for other OS'? I'd imagine so for Linux, but tempted to believe maybe not in the Apple arena. It'd be cool to see an a=b list.

    (please don't turn this into an argument, I'm sincerely considering what technologies I could put into my training schedule to be more technically versatile)
  • MBAM

    I think there's already a product which has MBAM as its acronym.
    Malware Bytes Anti Malware. A simple search on the web and this type of MBAM will be returned by the search engine. All the other acronyms mentioned seems unique though.