WPC 2011, Microsoft announced the updates to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite, and also revealed that the MDOP 2011 R2 will be generally available for download in August with the following updates:
- Microsoft BitLocker Administration & Monitoring (MBAM) 1.0: Adds BitLocker Administration & Monitoring capabilities to the suite, which simplifies BitLocker provisioning and deployment, improves compliance and reporting, and reduces support costs
- Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7.0: New features, such as remote boot, make DaRT more flexible to administer and resolve issues while offsite
- Asset Inventory Service (AIS) 2.0: Updated/localized UI and improved software reporting improves inventory capabilities
There are many businesses that can benefit from purchasing MDOP for the first time and the more MDOP components you deploy, the higher the ROI.
"We recommend customers look into MDOP and find out how they can benefit from the six technologies that it offers. Windows Intune customers can have the MDOP on-premise tools as an add-on for an additional dollar per seat per month," stated Microsoft.
[Source: Windows for Your Business blog]