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MDOP 2012 (GA) Available Now! Offer ‘UE-V, App-V 5.0, and DaRT 8’

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2012 General Availability introducing an exciting new innovation – User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).

By using MDOP, IT departments are able to shift desktop repairs from reactive to proactive, save time and remove many challenges associated with troubleshooting and repairing system failures.

Microsoft revealed that “44 million licenses sold its clear businesses are finding value in the products.”

“UE-V provides a consistent and personal experience regardless of the device being used, meaning that employees have the option to change their device and keep their experience without needing to reconfigure their applications or desktop settings each time they login to Windows 7 or Windows 8,” Microsoft explained.

In addition to UE-V, Microsoft also announced that Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 and Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8 are complete and included in MDOP 2012.

Key features of UE-V include:

  • OS Personalization Across Devices: UE-V can roam personalized desktop settings including task bar configuration, desktop background and explorer options, thus removing the need for users to reconfigure each time they login to a new device.
  • Choice of Which Apps Roam: UE-V provides IT departments the flexibility to decide which applications can roam their experience between devices through the use of Settings Location Templates.
  • Easy Set-Up:UE-V delivers big value through simplicity – to set it up all that is needed is a file share for storing the settings that will roam and deployment of the lightweight UE-V agent. Once complete, people can roam the experience for the Windows desktop settings, Office 2010, and IE by using in box templates and IT departments can also choose to create their own templates,” informs Microsoft.

App-V 5.0 helps businesses provide employees with access to virtually any application anywhere, without having to install the application directly on their computers –improvements include:

  • Integrated Platform: Virtual applications leverage Windows standards for a consistent user experience and work more like traditionally installed applications.
  • Flexible Virtualization: Businesses can connect individually packaged App-V applications and enable them to communicate with each other as well as with natively installed applications. This new capability is called “Virtual Application Connection.”
  • Reducing Storage Barriers to VDI: App-V 5.0 is designed to be easy and efficient to use in VDI environments, allowing IT departments to make the best use of expensive disk resources. They can simply choose to turn off local application storage and dramatically reduce the disk requirements for VDI while still streaming applications. This is called “Shared Content Store.”
  • Improved Administration for IT: New web-based Admin UI makes it easier to centrally manage application interaction as well as administer App-V. For those who prefer automation, PowerShell is ready for use with packaging and performing tasks on both the server and client.

DaRT 8 helps IT departments easily recover PCs that have become unusable by assisting to rapidly diagnose issues and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, all without leaving their desks. Key updates to this version include:

  • Windows 8 Ready: People can leverage the powerful DaRT tools on all Windows 8 devices with the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and GUID partition tables.
  • Easier to Deploy: DaRT 8 now provides native support for USB media deployments within the image creation wizard with no additional tools required.
  • Automating Image Creation: The DaRT image creation wizard is now built on top of PowerShell cmdlets, allowing IT departments to mount, create, apply, dismount and burn the DaRT image via scripting – ultimately, letting the image creation process be saved and repurposed for later use,” Micorosft added.

Those with Volume licensing can get MDOP 2012, from the Microsoft Volume Licensing site, and other can testing via TechNet or MSDN subscription.

Update 11/18: App-v 5.0 video added:

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