The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2014 R2 suite of tools for enterprise software management has been recently introduced by Microsoft and is available for download from the MSN website.
The R2 version is a sequel to the R1 Version released in May and mostly contains changes and enhancements to two of the six tools in the suite. Among the list of features it provides, a new User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 tool and a new Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 Service Pack 3, are few major highlights of the latest pack.
You will need to head over to the official Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center home page in order to download the latest pack. However, do keep in mind that these services are only available for enterprise users who have enabled Software Assurance licensing program offered by Microsoft as well as organizations that have availed Microsoft Intune subscriptions or Virtual Desktop Access licensing from Microsoft using Windows credentials.
App-V 5.0 SP3
Microsoft’s latest application virtualization solution focuses on improving its management capabilities and improving connection groups. In the latest feature, users can group Apps together and enables organization in managing them “like locally installed software,” according to statements from Microsoft.
As we know, App-V feature is used to package applications to execute them on a virtual machine inside a server. The latest set of features enable IT professionals to create a connection group that includes optional and non-optional packages when using the App-V 5.0 SP3. Other feature of the latest update includes deletion of optional and non-optional packages from a connection group. This is achieved without having to re-enable the connection group and can be done when system is still online. You can contact the Windows support desk to know more features about the same.
Microsoft announced that it has included four new improvements in the all new UE-V 2.1. The UE-V 2.1 is the user settings virtualization solution that has been updated to permit external enterprise cloud-based storage services, enabling it to store PC and App settings. Another major highlight of the new update is that UE-V 2.1 now allows Windows credentials roaming, which will store user credentials and retain them across devices.
Moreover, IT professionals will now have the ability to assign a backup profile to the UE-V template, and set a restore point for a device. Other features added by Microsoft include “Enhanced Outlook signature synchronization and default UE-V Office 2013 settings templates.”
If you want to get further details or an in-depth analysis of the different feature updates in MDOP 2014 R2 pack, you can contact the official Windows support team.