Streamlining Windows 8 Deployment with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
Big changes are afoot for IT departments managing desktop environments. New ways to deliver desktop experiences are on the table now. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and Windows To Go in the Windows 8 operating system are enabling new workstyles for users. Windows 8 can help companies adopt these new scenarios in a responsible way.
Companies that are deploying Windows 8 will at some point evaluate how they package and deliver applications to users. Historically, this process took a lot of effort and could be painful. The pain extended beyond packaging applications to keeping them updated and delivering them to users.
Consistent User Experience
As organizations plan their desktop deployment strategies, one item that will come up is how to roam users’ experiences. This question will be more important to organizations that are adopting scenarios that enable new workstyles for users, such as VDI, BYOD, and Windows To Go. To keep users productive, IT needs to deliver users’ experiences to each device they use.
After delivering all these new experiences to users, especially on devices that they will take with them on the go, device encryption will be a priority. Of course, Windows 8 supports BitLocker Drive Encryption with a host of new features that make it easier than ever to deploy and support.
Group Policy Management
Beginning with the early planning stages and continuing through deployment, companies are usually thinking about how to manage Windows 8 after they roll it out to production.
Even after all the effort of delivering the perfect Windows 8 rollout, things do occasionally go wrong. Every company that rolls out Windows 8 will troubleshoot the individual and isolated issues that inevitably occur with any deployment. A computer that does not start, a system failure caused by a device driver, or a user who accidentally deletes files are examples of common issues. Windows 8 does provide troubleshooting tools, but there is a set of tools that make diagnosing issues even easier.
Windows 8 deployment is the perfect time to deploy the MDOP toolset, as well. MDOP can not only decrease the time and effort required to perform the deployment but also reduce its cost.