Today I am excited to announce that Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2 will be released in late October 2009 and will add Windows 7 support for all components, except for MED-V. Server and management components will support Windows 2008 R2.
Additionally, we are working to ensure that MED-V will support Windows 7, in the first quarter of calendar year 2010 via MED-V 1.0 SP1.
With its virtualization technologies and manageability components, MDOP 2009 R2 is an essential part of your Windows 7 planning and deployment strategy. This is a great opportunity to highlight the key innovations of MDOP 2009 R2 and talk about how MDOP can help you rapidly migrate to Windows 7, deploy applications with greater ease, resolve application incompatibility, and reduce desktop management costs.
Optimize Windows 7 Application Deployment Using App-V
With Application Virtualization (App-V) you can transform applications into centrally-managed virtual services:
Windows upgrade is the best time to adopt App-V - as part of Windows 7 deployment all applications are tested and re-deployed. This is a great time to take a look at your application delivery strategy and adopt Application Virtualization with minimum overhead and cost.
You can read more in the App-V Cost Reduction Study - savings of $156/PC/Yr in direct costs (11.6% of PC TCO) plus $125/PC/YR in user productivity gains. The sources of direct savings generated by App-V are across automated deployment, patching/updates, non-standard applications, image management, PC provisioning and replacement, and installation risk, as well as user productivity gains.
App-V 4.5 SP1 also offers new capabilities and unique integration with Windows 7:
Once available, App-V 4.5 SP1 can be deployed immediately to production environments running XP, Vista, Windows7, and Windows Server 32-bit platforms. For customers preparing to run App-V on 64-bit Windows Client and Server platforms they can download App-V 4.6 Beta at Microsoft Connect. App-V 4.6 will be available in H1 2010.
Enhance Windows 7 Manageability with AGPM, DaRT, and DEM
Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0 enhances governance and control over Windows 7 Group Policies through change management and role-based administration, so you can control, review and track changes made to Group Policy Objects (GPOs) by different IT personnel. There are two great additions to AGPM that will make your Group Policy Management even easier than before:
Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 6.5 enhances diagnostics of Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) with no infrastructure investment. DaRT may repair unbootable devices, and recover data from them. DaRT 6.5 makes data recovery easier for IT Pros, by presenting system drive letters, as they are mapped when logging normally into Windows
Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) 3.5 provides insights into application and operating system failures, allowing helpdesk to be more proactive in troubleshooting PCs, without installing an agent to the endpoint. DEM 3.5 now introduces new reports to enhance desktop monitoring: Top System Errors (the top reasons for "blue screen" errors happening on the network) and Top Application Errors (the top application errors on the network in the last 60 days grouped by computer name or user name).
Facilitate your OS Upgrade Process with AIS and MED-V
Use the Asset Inventory Service (AIS) to map which applications are running in the existing environment before upgrading to Windows 7. AIS can consolidate license use data from multiple locations, even when those do not have local IT staff. AIS is an online service and does not require server infrastructure.
Address application compatibility with Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), which will enable you to run applications that are not yet supported or tested on Windows 7, in a virtual Windows XP environment.
How Do I License MDOP 2009 R2 and Where Do I Get the Software?
MDOP is available as an additional subscription for Software Assurance customers for less than $10 per desktop per year. Since July 1st, 2009, Microsoft has made it easier to license MDOP through the platform Enterprise Agreement (EA). Two new SKUs have been created to include MDOP: Professional Desktop with MDOP, Enterprise Desktop with MDOP. Visit Microsoft Licensing Site for additional details.
I encourage you to learn more about the MDOP by visiting the MDOP web site or the MDOP section on TechNet. You can also contact your Microsoft sales representative to learn more about MDOP 2009 R2 release and its licensing options.
MDOP 2009 R2 will be available for download to our MDOP subscribers, late October 2009, through the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS). For others who wish to evaluate MDOP products, the software will become available shortly after the release in MSDN and TechNet in accordance with MSDN and TechNet agreements.
We have downloaded the 2009 R2 iso (SW_DVD5_Dsktp_Optimization_Pck_SA_2009_R2_English_Update_MLF_X16-34441) and extracted it. We have tried to install MED-V server onto a windows 2008 R2 RTM release, but it returned a message claiming that it could only be installed on Vista or 2008.
MED-V v1 (part of MDOP 2009 R2) only supports Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
v1 SP1 will add support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and will be available in the first quarter of 2010
I would like to get the mdop pack..=)
We are sure this product will help us move forward in testing our legacy appts.