TechCenter for Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a great site to learn how to use the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)—a dynamic, desktop solution available to Software Assurance customers—to help you reduce application deployment costs, deliver applications as services, and better manage and control your enterprise desktop environments. MDOP incorporates six Microsoft technologies that can be combined to address key business and technical challenges:
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) turns applications into centrally managed services that are never installed, never conflict, and are streamed on demand to end users.
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) provides deployment and management of virtual PC images to enable key enterprise scenarios, primarily resolving application compatibility with a new version of Windows.
Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) enhances governance and control over Group Policy through robust change management, versioning, and role-based administration.
Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS) is a hosted service that collects software inventory data and translates it into actionable business intelligence.
Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) reduces downtime by accelerating troubleshooting, repair, and data recovery of unbootable Windows-based desktops.
Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) provides insights into application and operating system failures, allowing helpdesk to be more proactive in managing PC problems, without installing an agent to the endpoint.
These MDOP click-through DemoMate demos help you make the business case for MDOP by building confidence and familiarity with the products.
Favorite Microsoft Blogs
Finally, if you require a general understanding of Microsoft's virtualization solutions below are some great resources.
This free eBook, by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization team, is for IT professionals who want to learn more about Microsoft virtualization and virtualization-enabling technologies. Also, last January Microsoft's team of IT Pro Evangelists delivered a 20-part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions . The objectives of this series was to develop technical depth on various virtualization solutions with level 300 sessions. Below is a list of the sessions with links to the event pages. If you need to develop a business case for proposing your virtualization project, check out the virtualization ROI tool to realize the business values. To help accelerate your deployment of Microsoft virtualization technologies there are methodology and tools in Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators.