Monday 15 December 2014

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2014 R2 Released

Another post on the latest release of the Microsoft Desktop Optmization pack. This is R2 or the first update, or second release of the 2014 edition. You can download this pack from the Microsoft site here

This incremental update includes additions to the Application Virtualization (App-V) 5.0 with Service Pack 3, and an updated User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) 2.1 tool.

You can find out more about the enhancements and changes to App-V SP3 in this Microsoft TechNet article found here. Microsoft has detailed some of the enhancements in App-V Sp2 and SP3 including;
  • App-V now has a number of enhancements to application publishing/refresh and launch performance. These include new capabilities that leverage existing user profile management technology (like MDOP’s UE-V) during application publish and launch.
  • Support of parallel deployment and execution of application upgrades. Improvements to App-V, allowing you to simplify the test and execution of your upgraded virtualized applications while retaining user access to the original virtualized application running on the same device.
  • Improvements to existing capabilities including: enhancements to the package conversion engine and sequencer, improving package conversion rates; and, support for a VFS write mode sequencer setting 
This release also updates Microsoft's User Experience management technology UE-V 2.1 which includes;  

  • Support for Windows credentials roaming: Microsoft has added support for synchronization of Windows Credentials between devices. If enabled, this allows users to retain their Windows Credentials between their devices.
  • Backup and Restore of settings: UE now supports the assignment of UE-V to backup profiles
  • Support for external settings storage, including OneDrive for Business
  • Extensions to existing Office 2013 settings
You can read more about the latest version of Microsoft UE-V 2.1 here

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