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Niamh Coleman, Director of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) Product Management, announced via the Windows for your Business blog, that MDOP 2011 R2 is now generally available for download. As a quick reminder, MDOP is a suite of technologies that helps improve compatibility and management, reduces support costs, increases asset management, and improves policy control. With MDOP 2011 R2 Microsoft has added:
· Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), which simplifies deployment and key recovery, centralizes provisioning, monitoring, and reporting of encryption status for fixed and removable drives, and also minimizes support costs.
· Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT) 7.0, which 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.
· Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) 2.0, which 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.
To find out more about the new features offered with each of these products, please visit the Windows for your Business blog. The blog not only provides more details on the new products but also shares customer feedback from BT in the United States and Canada and Siemens AG, and highlights an MDOP White Paper from IDC on the total cost of ownership.