Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

Recently, I have attended a seminar by Microsoft office at 6750 Makati City.
It was very interesting to know the latest technologies that would simplify the tasks that we thought were impossible to implement years ago.

MDOP would help IT a lot in the deployment, upgrading, supporting, terminating or decommissioning of desktop applications. Regression Testing which is usually a big pain for IT is now been simplified.

MDOP consists of 6 products bundled into 1 license. These are:
1. MS Application Virtualization (App-V) – dynamically streaming software as a centrally managed service. You can set policies in the system like license setting. You can also see or monitor from the report produced from the system how an application is used. Example: You have allotted John a license for MS Project. However, you have observed that John hasn’t used the application for few months now. With the system, you can give the usage of the SW to other employees.
2. MS Asset Inventory Service (AIS) – translating software inventory into business intelligence.
3. MS Diagnostic & Recovery Toolset (DART) – powerful tools to accelerate desktop repair; with “Crash Analyzer wizard”. “All-in-one” bootable CD. Identifies root causes of system and network issues and potentially resolve it in minutes – instead of hours!
4. MS Advanced Group Policy Management – Enhancing group policy thru change management.
5. System Center Desktop Error Monitoring – Proactively manage application and Operating system failures
6. MS Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) – Seamlessly manage virtual machines and its applications to OS compatibility issues.