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    Desktop Optimization Pack

    Anybody else read about it?

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...eddesktop.mspx

    Makes me want Vista on all my clients now.


    Adds some nice features such as

    Real-time application usage tracking makes it easy to determine how applications are or are not being used so customers can better manage license compliance.

    Virtualization enables applications to run as network services—without ever being installed—on-demand. Applications run reliably without conflicts, increasing user uptime and accelerating deployments and OS migrations.

    Looks good if you read the full list of features.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Applications run reliably without conflicts, increasing user uptime
    Is Windows 95 being released again

    regards

    Simon

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    It all sounds great except.

    Education only get Windows Vista Business and they all sound like they're only in Enterprise.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    That looks really cool. I worked for a company that used Softgrid(when it was owned by Softricity) in the past and it was an awesome product in terms of the flexibility it offered. It's about time MS offer change control for Group Policy and the software/hardware asset tool would be useful aswell.
    Does anyone know if it's only available for use with Vista or can you use the Desktop Optimisation pack with XP aswell?

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Yes it is Compatible with both 2000 and XP Clients, have a look at this:-

    Desktop Optimization Pack FAQs

    The recovery stuff from the Winternals/Sysinternals guys that is included will be extremely useful and reduce the necessity for station rebuilds when they won't boot.

    The GPO management stuff also looks like it is finally getting to include features that should have been in there in the first place........

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    It all sounds great except.

    Education only get Windows Vista Business and they all sound like they're only in Enterprise.
    Lucky for us we are getting the Enterprise Upgrade

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Well you could always get Ultimate instead?

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    The recovery stuff from the Winternals/Sysinternals guys that is included will be extremely useful and reduce the necessity for station rebuilds when they won't boot.
    I use that and/or a d-i-y bartpe now.

    Yes they are very useful and you should have them, but OTOH I rarely need them. If your PCs are locked down then users won't be wrecking them by installing dodgy drivers, services etc... so that mostly leaves abrupt-shutdown-broke-the-registry and you typically need regular sys. state backups updating the contents of %windir\repair to make it worth trying to recover.

    My most common targets: Abruptly shutdown/crashed servers where you normally do have last-night's registry in repair (or the subdir where BExec put it). Laptops with broken disks containing the only copy of some idiot's work from the last 5 years.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Ultimate is not going to be avalable via Volume Licencing, so its going to cost you a lot of £138+vats to do all your machines.

    Enterprise is avalable for schools u probably gotta push to get it, but it is there.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    The FAQ seems to suggest it's an additional $10 workstation per year onto your software assurance price. Guess that would translate to about £7.50 for us over the pond in rip-off Britain!
    Not too bad if viewed as an entire methodology of packaging/deploying software and auditing all of your kit. Hopefully manufacturers will start making softgrid packages available with their software to save having to image the stuff ourselves. Guess it's unlikely because of the piracy/copying implications though.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    This looks interesting - Just had a good look in my Technet + Subscription and I cannot find it to Download there.
    I've just posted on the managed newsgroups to see if its available.

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    @Matt
    Did you find it anywhere?

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Its in my Technet download list......

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers
    Its in my Technet download list......
    Thanks Quackers - I'll go have a look...

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    Re: Desktop Optimization Pack

    I must be blind, I still can't see it....

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