Thanks to a recent post to the Windows For Your Business blog entitled “MDOP 2014 R2 Now Available,” I’m happy to relay that message to my readership, and to those interested in Microsoft’s excellent collection of virtualization tools. In particular, the Application Virtualization (App-V) and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) elements have come in for some major changes, particularly in simplifying application and settings virtualizations, in creating groups of virtualized applications that load in concert, and in smoothing out the deployment of Virtualized Office installations. In short, there’s a lot to like about this latest MDOP iteration. Be sure to check it out!
Here’s a tile-based diagram of the various MDOP components, courtesy of the MDOP page on TechNet:
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V): enterprise solution for desktop virtualization, based on creating, delivering, and managing corporate virtual PC images for Windows-based desktops.
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM): a system for comprehensive change control, offline editing, and role-based delegation for Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM): enterprise management for BitLocker and BitLocker to Go, including deployment, key recovery, centralized compliance monitoring and reporting, for provisioning and supporting encrypted drives.
Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT): Provides a set of administrative tools for desktop repair planning and service delivery, including components for analyzing crashes, diagnostic and recovery tools, plus local and remote computer recovery facilities.
Who qualifies for MDOP use? Technically, it requires licensing through Microsoft’s Software Assurance program, but it is also available to those with a Premium level MSDN subscription, or who are still hanging on to the vestiges of a TechNet Subscription. It’s definitely worth investigating and getting to know for mid-sized and larger operations that must support Windows desktops for their user base or clientele. If you’re new to MDOP, you might want to start out at the MDOP home page in the Enterprise Products and Technologies silo on the MS Website; otherwise, feel free to dig into any or all of the afore-linked TechNet resources instead.