Category Archives: MDOP

Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit Update Now Available

One of the downloads I regularly recommend from the TechNet Evaluation Center is the Windows 10 deployment and management lab kit. It’s a self contained virtual machine environment that lets you run through several different Windows 10 deployment and management technologies and scenarios so you can get hands on in a live environment. Following are the full details, and you can download the rest here. A complete lab environment* The kit includes a pre-configured virtual lab environment with evaluation versions of:

TechEd North America Day 3 Summary

No keynote today, but still some great content. First up was Windows Intune in the Enterprise, which touched on some of the new capabilities that were included with Monday’s release, including Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management. Next up was the upcoming MDOP UE-V session, which included some great demos of user settings following a user across a local application, a remote app session and App-V. For users who have to work across mixed environments like this there will be

MDOP 2011 R2 Language Update Available

It wasn’t until I was responsible for overlooking Asia Pacific in a previous job that I realised how much easier I had it being a native English speaker in a country with English as the primary language as far as the IT world went. The sheer volume of content that is available in English by default, and then translated to some other languages if someone is willing to fund it, combined with the ability to read and process the available

Microsoft DaRT 8 Beta sign up available

Mentioned in my previous post which highlighted DaRT as a valuable MDOP component for all types of Windows Intune customers, there is great news that the DaRT 8 Beta sign up is now open. Head on over to the sign up page on Microsoft Connect to check out the the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8 Beta’s support for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview compatibility, new hardware platforms, an updated image creation wizard, as well as native USB deployment support.

MDOP component applicability to different types of Windows Intune users

The last update gave a quick run down on what MDOP includes, but now it’s time to see how these components can be used in various types of organizations. We will start with with an unmanaged, distributed workforce, and add structure and potentially complexity through each example. The chart at the end of the post gives each component an applicability rating, but remember that these are just the views of the author, and I am more than willing to be

What’s Included In The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack add on for Windows Intune

The MDOP add on for Windows Intune is an interesting offering from Microsoft, allowing subscribers to get even more of the capabilities that would usually only be available to a customer under a Microsoft volume license agreement that included desktop software assurance. MDOP is a collection of technologies from Microsoft, and here’s a description of it in Microsoft’s own words…looks like we need to remind them that it’s available via Windows Intune as well… MDOP The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack


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