MDOP 2012 (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012) is a set of tools designed to help administrators manage, control and deploy client software. It is available to Software Assurance subscribers.
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MDOP helps with emergency recovery and management of Group Policies and BitLocker, as well as to manage desktop and application virtualization. The latest iteration, which Microsoft made available in November 2012, adds version 5.0 of Application Virtualization (App-V) to the mix. App-V 5.0 lets users and administrators run virtualized applications by streaming them to PCs without having to install or store them locally, thereby speeding up the streaming process.
MDOP 2012 also adds a new feature called User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) that lets users switch among devices without needing to reconfigure or change their application or system settings. UE-V also lets the administrator select which applications they want to allow to roam from device to device. Additionally, MDOP 2012 provides the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 8, a set of system utilities. One of the new features added in DaRT 8 adds support for Windows 8.
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2012 continues to include Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), which was added in 2010 in order to provide compatibility for Windows XP and Windows 2000 applications on Windows 7. However, MED-V will not be updated in the future.