In MS-speak, MDOP stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. It’s a collection of tools and facilities that MS makes available to its Software Assurance customers (a category that includes many, if not most, enterprise-class Windows users). Here’s an iconic view of what’s in MDOP, which I’ll follow with some explanations about what’s new and potentially interested in the most recently released version for 2014:
The major elements of MDOP include various virtualization tools, management tools for GPOs and BitLocker, and a peachy Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (aka DaRT)
Some of the elements of MDOP have been around for some time now, including a variety of different virtualization and management tools. The latest release became available last week on May 1, and adds updates to its Application Virtualization components that include enhanced application publishing capabilities, improvements to launch and refresh elements, plus improvements intended to make it easier to test and deploy new versions of virtualized applications. BitLocker Management and Monitoring (MBAM) tools also come in for some interesting improvements too, including added support in Windows 8.1 for FIPS 140-2, improved compliance and enforcement tools, and better integration with load balancing for Web components, and deployment in SQL Server failover clusters. Myself, I’m particularly keen on the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (aka DaRT), which includes tools designed to boot and repair unresponsive Windows systems, along with a variety of enhanced and advanced recovery tools designed for professional use in IT/tech support environments.
One more thing: MSDN subscribers can download and evaluate MDOP as well (as can TechNet subscribers as well), though the 2014 version isn’t yet available for download there at the moment. However, I imagine it should show up soon in both places.