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Repost from Kevin Dean -- I am excited to tell you that MDOP 2011 R2 is now available for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing site. Customers who do not have access to the Volume Licensing site have the option to download it from TechNet or MSDN and Windows Intune customers have access to MDOP as an addition to their subscription.
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies that helps improve compatibility and management, reduce support costs, increase asset management and improve policy control. MDOP technologies give customers’ better control of the desktop, accelerate and simplify application deployments and management, and enable IT to provide highly responsive service. This can significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of the operating system and entire application management lifecycle.
With MDOP 2011 R2, we have added Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) 7.0, and Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) 2.0. This release builds upon the foundation of MDOP 2011, which was released in March and included Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 SP1, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 2.0, Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0, AIS 1.5, DaRT 6.5, and Microsoft Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) 3.5.
Here are the details on the new products available with MDOP 2011 R2:
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) will simplify deployment and key recovery, centralize provisioning, monitoring, and reporting of encryption status for fixed and removable drives, and also minimize support costs. Key features include:
Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) 7.0 is a set of tools that helps easily recover unusable PCs, rapidly diagnose problem causes of issues, and quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems. Key updates include:
Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) 2.0 is a cloud based asset management service that can help make good inventory management decisions and has some of the most requested features customers asked for:
As we’ve said in the past customer feedback is an important part of product development and throughout the beta stages of MDOP 2011 R2, we had many conversations with beta participants. Since the DaRT 7.0 beta release in April, customers have shared their excitement, particularly around remote boot, which helps drive the helpdesk cost to support Windows based PCs even lower. We would like to thank all of our customers and partners who participated and provided feedback on the beta programs for MBAM, DaRT 7.0, and AIS 2.0. Customer feedback is integral to the development of a product and we appreciate your assistance in making MDOP 2011 R2 a success.
Still no option to password-protect the bootup of the tools. This would be useful so we don't have to turn DaRT on and off in WDS everytime we want to use it. Using the local administrator password is not a solution for us.