The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is way to improve IT effectiveness, accelerate processes, and reduce the total cost of ownership of Windows Desktops across your enterprise platform. The Pack includes 5 great tools :
- Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) – Dynamically streams software as a centrally managed service
- Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) – Enhances group policy through change management
- Asset Inventory Service (AIS) – Translates software inventory into business intelligence
- Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) – Accelerates desktop repair
- Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) – Manages applications and operating system failures proactively
- Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) – Eliminates application to application/application to operating system conflict in a virtual environment. Coming soon.
To help you get to know MDOP better, there are a number of great free resources online. Be sure to check them out for the latest MDOP news, tips, tricks and success stories:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/benefits/tools.mspx -- The Windows Vista site for Vista Desktop Management products. Watch demos, read whitepapers, and hear what benefits other customers have realized with MDOP products. Provides a fairly comprehensive overview of the individual technologies as well.
http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/05/22/update-windows-optimized-desktop-for-the-enterprise.aspx -- The Windows Vista blog posts a message from our GM Shanen Boettcher detailing the benefits of MDOP. Does a good job summarizing the big picture to answer the question "why MDOP?"
http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/ -- For those of you interested in learning about our Application Virtualization (App-V) product, their team has put together a great blog full of case studies, product updates, and links to web articles on App-V.