New version of Microsoft virtualization, management tool bundle coming in Q4 2012

New version of Microsoft virtualization, management tool bundle coming in Q4 2012

Summary: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012 and its User Experience Virtualization tool are both slated to be generally available before year-end.


Microsoft is planning to release its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 -- the latest collection of enterprise virtualization and management tools -- in the fourth quarter of this calendar year.


Microsoft officials shared the due date, as well as a near-final release-release candidate build of one of those tools, User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) this week. UE-V is a user-state virtualization product that allows individuals to change devices without reconfiguring applications or settings in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

MDOP currently includes Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Asset Inventory Service (AIS), BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), Diagnostics And Recovery Toolset (DART) and Microsoft Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM). UE-V (code-named Park City) is a new addition coming this year. Microsoft is phasing out support for AIS and is not going to enable MED-V to support Windows 8, officials have acknowledged.

Microsoft uses MDOP as a carrot to entice users to sign up for Software Assurance, its annuity licensing program.  Microsoft also makes MDOP available (for an extra $1 per user per month) to users who sign up for its Windows Intune PC security and  management service.

In a new blog post this week, Microsoft officials said they were tweaking some of the UE-V features based on beta feedback. Among those tweaks will be the ability to control UE-V on a per-user basis; refinements to settings templates for Office 2010; and support for the final versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

In that same post, Microsoft execs also noted that Windows Server 2012 is now powering the back-end of Microsoft's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution.


"The combination of Windows (Windows 7 or Windows 8), RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 brings VDI together, providing a single platform that delivers a common experience across three deployment options: sessions, pooled or personal VMs (virtual machines), blogged Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Management.

Alexion-Tiernan also noted that in "late Q4" Microsoft plans to deliver, via download, the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 Update for Windows 7, which can be applied to Windows 7 SP1 access devices, "allowing them to benefit from the same great enhancements in RemoteFX with Windows Server 2012."

Virtualization products and services are increasingly important to Microsoft, with VDI services now "close to a billion dollar business" for the company, as Server and Tools President Satya Nadella acknowledged in a conference speech this week.

Topics: Virtualization, Enterprise Software, Microsoft


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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  • Mosaic Technology

    Great aritcle! With a lot of businesses making migrations to the cloud it is more important now than ever to back up data. Mosaic Technology is a firm believer in protecting important data through back up solutions and eager to see further developments in the industry.

    Mosaic Technology
  • too many initialisms! just need to understand in layman's terms...

    ...what it does, what I need and what it costs.
  • I downloaded SCCM 2012...

    but I haven't gotten around to installing and setting it up yet. I mainly wanted to use it for the self service portal and VMM. It just isn't the biggest priority compared to some other critical systems I am setting up for right now.

    App-V is nice though if you can spend the time to get it set up. We have this legacy black sheep group of the company still supporting some VB6 stuff. VB6 is installed to one of the App-V servers in XP mode. Once they are added to the proper AD group it places the icon on their start screen.

    When they fire it up, it runs remotely on the server but is rendered to their local machine, they don't even have to worry about getting it installed locally since it won't even run natively on Win7 machines.
  • Worthless

    In theory, if Microsoft really knew their virtualization stuff, they could enormously improve the robustness and security of their operating systems. Since that's not exactly the case, it's safe to assume that their virtualization products are just me-too rubbish for clueless, all-Microsoft corporate settings.