Microsoft has released the next version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) called MDOP 2011 R2.
For those of you not familiar with MDOP, it is a suite of products that can help streamline desktop deployment, management, and support. MDOP 2011 R2 includes a new product, Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM), and updates to the Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT), and the Microsoft Asset Inventory Service.
Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) - Builds on BitLocker in Windows 7, to help simplify BitLocker provisioning and deployments, improve compliance and reporting, and reduce support costs. MBAM helps with provisioning and deployment by reducing the complexity of deploying BitLocker as part or independent of your Windows 7 upgrade and allows you the ability to control which make/models are encrypted. To improve compliance and reporting MBAM has out of box reports that provide insight into how compliant your organization is with your defined BitLocker encryption policies. Support costs can be reduced since it proves a secure web page to easily get recovery keys and standard users can start the encryption process or change their PIN without calling support.
Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit 7.0 (DaRT) - A set of tools to help recover unusable PCs, rapidly diagnose probable causes of issues, and repair unbootable or locked-out systems. In this new version we introduce more flexible deployment options like booting into DaRT from the network and the ability to remote control a DaRT session. These new features can make your job even easier since you can sit at your desk and walk a user through how to boot into DaRT over the network, and then remote control into the session.
Asset Inventory Service (AIS) - A cloud based asset management service that helps you translate your inventory data into actionable information. This update to AIS provided detailed hardware information on the computers in your inventory, software reports that aggregate products by major and minor versions, support for inventorying of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) applications, and is localized in eleven languages with support up to 100,000 clients per account.