Contents tagged with Desktop Optimization Pack

  • How to replace default Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Recovery Environment in Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset

    Posted by Netanel Ben-Shushan on February 12 2010, 2:04 PM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Desktop Optimization Pack, Windows 7.



    This guide describes how to replace the default Windows Recovery Environment (RE) with a Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset version 6.5 (new version of Winternals ERD Commander).



    Microsoft has been developed a new version of ERD Commander from Winternals, which Microsoft acquired while ago; Named Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset, or DaRT for short.

    In order to replace Windows RE boot image with DaRT you'll need to use account with administrative privileges (member of the local Administrators group at least).

    It's recommended to replace the default Windows RE within DaRT for getting wide local troubleshooting toolset such as LockSmith for passwords reset, restoration utility, etc.

    In order to perform the replacement follows these steps:


    Preparing the field…

    1. Open Windows Explorer, click with Alt and choose Folder Options from the Tools menu.

    2. Choose Show hidden files, folders and drives and deselect Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and Hide extensions for known file types.




    3. Then click OK.

    4. Open C:\ Drive, right-click Recovery folder. Choose Properties from the menu.

    5. Select Security tab, and click on Edit.

    6. On the new windows, click on Add and find you user account, then click on OK.

    7. Assign Allow: Full Control permissions for the specific account and click on OK.




    Now, as you can see the C:\Recovery folder is accessible to your user account.




    At C:\Recovery\<UID> you'll find the Winre.wim image file. This is the Windows RE image that have been loaded every time you're choosing to repair your computer from the F8 startup menu.




    Creating ERD Commander ISO Image

    1. Install DaRT 6.5 from Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2 (available to customers with active Software Assurance license) on your computer or on computer with DVD burner.




    2. Open ERD Commander Boot Media Wizard from the Windows menu and follow these steps to create ERD ISO image:

    2.1. On the welcome screen click Next.




    2.2. Insert and navigate to Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 media and click Next.




    2.3. On the Preparing files screen click on Next.




    2.4. Select or exclude the tools that will be included in your ERD image and click on Next.




    2.5. Locate the Windows Debugging tools and click on Next.




    2.6. Choose if you want to update your ERD's system sweeper and click on Next.




    2.7. If you want to add additional drivers, click on Add. Then click on Next.




    2.8. On the Additional Files click on Next.




    Note: You can add useful applications and files to your ERD ISO image such as disk imaging utility, corporate antivirus, etc.


    2.9. To create the ISO image click on Next.




    2.10. If you want to burn the ISO into a media set the wizard to your media burner. Click on Next to proceed.




    2.11. Click on Finish.




    3. On the ISO navigate to the Sources directory; inside X:\Sources (when X: is the CD driver letter) you'll find boot.wim image.

    4. Copy boot.wim into C:\Recovery\<UID>\ and change the file name to Winre.wim.

    Note: It's recommended to rename the original Winre.wim file name to Winre.wim.old or delete it from the C:\Recovery directory.


    Next time you'll restart your computer and choose Repair your computer you'll notice that DaRT has been added to the Windows RE menu (and there's also network support at the start of Windows RE).




    Note: My personal recommendation is to deploy Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 with a built-in DaRT recovery environment support.

    Note that you will need an active Software Assurance (SA) license to each OS that deployed with DaRT.


    This guide described how to create ERD ISO image by using Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset and then replacing the default Windows RE boot image with DaRT boot image on Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2.

    About the author

    Netanel Ben-Shushan is an IT Consultant & Trainer from Israel, who works mainly with Microsoft, networking and information security systems. He's the creator of, a personal website in Hebrew with technical guides and articles. Beside he's website, Netanel is also writing a Hebrew weblog at Microsoft Israel's blogging community.

  • MDOP 2009 R2: What's New in MDOP for Windows 7

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 16 2009, 7:50 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack, Windows &quot;7&quot;, Windows 7.

    Today I am excited to announce that Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2 will be released in late October 2009 and will add Windows 7 support for all components, except for MED-V. Server and management components will support Windows 2008 R2.

    Additionally, we are working to ensure that MED-V will support Windows 7, in the first quarter of calendar year 2010 via MED-V 1.0 SP1.

    With its virtualization technologies and manageability components, MDOP 2009 R2 is an essential part of your Windows 7 planning and deployment strategy. This is a great opportunity to highlight the key innovations of MDOP 2009 R2 and talk about how MDOP can help you rapidly migrate to Windows 7, deploy applications with greater ease, resolve application incompatibility, and reduce desktop management costs.

    Continue for details at MDOP Team Blog

  • Advanced Group Policy Management Overview

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 11:13 PM. Posted in Group Policies, Desktop Optimization Pack.

    This white paper is an overview of Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), and describes its benefits, how it works, and the next steps for evaluating it. AGPM helps you better manage Group Policy objects (GPOs) in your environment by providing change control, offline editing, and role-based delegation. AGPM is a key component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).
  • Softgrid Client 4.2 is now available

    Posted by RayC on July 9 2007, 4:55 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    This week we released the latest version of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) on, including the SoftGrid 4.2 Client and Sequencer which add Vista compatibility.

    The CD image also contains the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolkit, Asset Inventory Service, Advanced Group Policy Management and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring.  For more information on these other products see this MDOP overview page.

    The SoftGrid versions in the MDOP package include:

    The SoftGrid Virtual Application Server (VAS) version

    The SoftGrid Client version

    The SoftGrid Sequencer version

    Note that there is no 4.2 version of the SoftGrid Virtual Application Server.  Version 4.2 of the Client and Sequencer are all that is required for Vista compatibility - the VAS version is the same as in 4.1 SP1. 

    Continue at source
  • Microsoft announces MDOP2007 availability

    Posted by RayC on June 7 2007, 11:36 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    Yesterday at Tech Ed 2007 Microsoft announced that Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack RTM-ed this week. MDOP 2007 contains the following items:
    1. SoftGrid Application Virtualization (compatible with Windows Vista)
    2. Asset Inventory Service
    3. Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (based on Sysinternals ERD)
    4. Advanced Group Policy Management
    5. System Center Desktop Error Monitoring

    MDOP2007 will be widely available for Volume License clients and MSDN from July 1st.Even though MDOP2007 is a Vista add-on and aimed at the IT Pro audience, MDOP will not be made available through Technetor Technet Direct [:S].

  • Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset trial (ERD Commander)

    Posted by bink on April 30 2007, 12:30 AM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    30 day evaluation of the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset. This product provides powerful, intuitive tools that help administrators recover PCs that have become unusable, and easily identify root causes of system issues.This toolset is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.Download At Source
  • Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset RTM'ed

    Posted by bink on April 6 2007, 2:37 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset, part of Software Assurance Desktop Optimization Pack has RTM'ed. The product will be available in May for Software Assurance customers. The pack contains 4 parts:

    Microsoft SoftGrid “virtualizes” applications, meaning they can run on multiple PCs and other licensed desktops running Microsoft Windows without being locally installed. Instead, they run as individual networked services, enabling central deployment and management, minimizing compatibility problems and providing employees more ways to access applications.

    Microsoft Asset Inventory Services is designed to analyze all programs on employee PCs, and provide the most current, accurate inventory.

    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management increases control over Group Policy Objects (GPOs) – the component rules within Windows’ administrative management system – and is intended to allow IT administrators to delegate or assign administrative control of specific tasks based on employees’ titles or roles.

    Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset makes it possible for the IT department to quickly pinpoint the causes of PC troubles, recover lost data and prevent future downtime with post-crash analysis.

    Originally the release was planned in January of this year. I cannot confirm RTM and release of the other 3 parts, but I assume this is the case.

    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack


    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software AssuranceSee it now See it now(10 minutes)

    Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP) is a dynamic desktop solution available to Software Assurance customers, which reduces application deployment costs, enables delivery of applications as services, and allows for better management and control of enterprise desktop environments. It helps reduce the TCO of the entire Windows desktop life cycle by accelerating OS and application management, and enhancing IT responsiveness and end-user uptime. This video provides an overview of the technologies delivered by MDOP and the way they can enable your organization to realize an optimized desktop.

    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy ManagementSee it now See it now(24 minutes)

    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management gives you greater control over Group Policy Objects through change management, versioning, and rollbacks. In this video demonstration, see how you can more easily control the desktop and ensure less downtime from conflicting or improperly configured GPOs.

    Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery ToolsetSee it now See it now(23 minutes)

    The Microsoft Diagnostics Recovery Toolset repairs any unbootable or lock-out desktop systems that have crashed. By manipulating components on the offline system, it helps you return the PC to service, recover lost data, and prevent future downtime. This video explains how you can recover failed systems with minimal manual effort—and with much less time than is required when restoring PCs from backup or reinstalling operating systems.

    Microsoft SoftGrid® Application VirtualizationSee it now See it now(1 hour, 3 minutes)

    With Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization, you can turn Windows applications into centrally managed, virtual services that are never installed, and can be instantly streamed to any desktop or laptop. In this one-hour video, learn how SoftGrid's virtualization technology can simplify desktop administration by automating processes for deploying, patching, updating, and terminating applications. It is now easier—and requires fewer IT resources—to address complex critical business projects such as OS and application migrations, security refreshes, and disaster recovery plans.

  • Desktop Optimization Pack Avilable for download at Microsoft Volume Licensing Site

    Posted by bink on January 4 2007, 2:59 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    For those of you with Software Assurance agreements - this is now available for download via the MS Volume Licensing site.
    Microsoft SoftGrid
    Microsoft Asset Inventory Service
    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management
    Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
    More info: at sourceThanks Yogesh for the tip!UPDATE: Major disappointment, it just includes Softgrid 4.1 [:(]
  • Microsoft Windows Desktop Optimization Pack Datasheet downloads

    Posted by bink on October 18 2006, 3:58 PM. Posted in Desktop Optimization Pack.

    Microsoft SoftGrid
    Microsoft Asset Inventory Service
    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management
    Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
    Enables you to deploy software applications that are never installed to minimize regression testing, yet follow users anywhere, on demand. It turns Windows applications into centrally managed virtual services that are delivered to any desktop or laptop client worldwide. It can also be integrated and managed within Microsoft SMS. Download the data sheet (1.32 MB). Reduces application management lifecycle TCO through advanced software inventory scanning and by translating inventory data for more than 430,000 titles into useful, admin-friendly information. The tool is an easily administered, hosted service with no client installation. Download the data sheet (1.39 MB). Helps IT take control of the desktop through effective change management and roll-backs via GPOs and a robust role-based administration and delegation model. Download the data sheet (1.39 MB). Allows you to quickly repair unbootable or locked-out systems, restore lost data, remove malware from infected systems while the system is safely offline using existing antivirus software, and diagnose system and network issues. Download the data sheet (1.31 MB).
    Click here to download the overview datasheet for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and here for a full list of FAQs (138 KB).