If you know, or have heard of App-V, chances are, you’ll know it exists as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack, usually abbreviated to MDOP. If this is the first time you’ve heard of MDOP, it’s a Software Assurance benefit, and is effectively suite of technologies designed to help you optimise the desktop, and contains the following:
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) turns applications into centrally managed services that are never installed, never conflict, and are streamed on demand to end users.
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) provides deployment and management of virtual PC images to enable key enterprise scenarios, primarily resolving application compatibility with a new version of Windows.
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) enhances governance and control over Group Policy through robust change management, versioning, and role-based administration.
Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) is a hosted service that collects software inventory data and translates it into actionable business intelligence.
Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) reduces downtime by accelerating troubleshooting, repair, and data recovery of unbootable Windows-based desktops.
Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) provides insights into application and operating system failures, allowing helpdesk to be more proactive in managing PC problems, without installing an agent to the endpoint.
If at this point, you’re intrigued about some of the technologies within MDOP, you can read more about them, and see some of them in action here!
Anyway, the point of the post. MED-V: The Movie? Really? Well, not really a movie, but more of a 8-part series dissecting the different areas of MED-V, so you can learn more about each different area of the product. If you’ve never heard of MED-V before, the aim of the product is to smooth the transition to a newer OS, by providing an application-to-OS compatibility solution, which is seamless to the end user, but centrally managed and configured by the IT Admin. The 8-part series, courtesy of the MED-V blog, highlights the following key sections:
You can grab all the videos from here.