Back in March, I shared exciting news regarding UE-V and App-V, and today we have even more updates around our Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite, which helps IT Pros virtualize operating systems, applications and user settings, manage Windows features, and restore productivity after a system issue.
One of our biggest updates to MDOP is the availability of Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 beta. This solution simplifies the process of provisioning BitLocker, helps monitor and enforce compliance, and lowers the cost of managing an encrypted environment by integrating with existing managements systems. When used with Windows 8, MBAM can dramatically reduce the costs of provisioning BitLocker and can help maintain higher levels of compliance within your organization. We’ll share a deeper dive on MBAM 2.0 on the Springboard Blog later this week and you can download the beta here.
Additionally, a beta for Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0 Service Pack 1 is available today. AGPM provides a more secure way to control changes to Windows Group Policies (GPOs) by letting IT develop, review, and modify GPOs offline. By acting as an extension to the Active Directory management console and providing granular administration, AGPM enables IT to have greater control over how GPO changes are made and applied. Also available today is a release candidate for the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8, which provides new support for Windows 8 Release Preview.
And, you might remember back in early April we announced User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), the newest MDOP solution that enables a consistent user experience across managed devices. I’m pleased to share that the second beta will be available by the end of this month. This latest beta of UE-V will have new functionality, including: roaming of operating system settings between Windows 7 and Windows 8;, support for additional operating system settings, like Start menu, Taskbar and folders options; group policy support to ensure agent configuration consistency; and, the roaming and sync of settings between Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.
The final piece of MDOP news: with less than 22 months left to go before Windows XP end-of-support, and strong application compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows 8, we will not invest in Windows 8 support for Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). MED-V is an important part of MDOP and customers around the world, such as Applied Materials and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., are using MED-V to smooth their transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 – a more modern version of Windows. If MED-V is part of your Windows modernization plans, there’s no need to stop what you’re doing. MED-V remains supported on Windows 7.
The great thing is that your MDOP investments in Windows 7 will carry forward to Windows 8. If you are using MDOP or thinking about it as part of your strategy to move off of Windows XP, you can be confident that MDOP will be ready for you! Start checking out the new betas now.
Speaking of Windows 8 implementations, make sure you read Erwin Visser’s blog on How Windows 8 Will Work for Your Business, which features three customer examples on how companies are already looking to make the most of Windows 8. And for more information about MDOP solutions and download information, click here.