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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack updated (MDOP 2014)

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Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Desktop Optimization pack (MDOP) 2014 which is now available for download. MDOP is Microsoft’s suite of virtualization, management and security technologies for desktops. MDOP is available as a subscription for Software Assurance.

What does the new version include?

  • Enhanced support for FIPS 140-2
  • Improved compliance and enforcement policies
  • Support for enterprise scenarios and technologies
  • Innovations to application publishing and launch
  • Support of parallel deployment and execution of application upgrades
  • Improvements to existing capabilities
  • More deployment guidance and how-to guides

Please check the following blog post for more detail.


Written by Christoph Harding

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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Mirage application layering 4.0 vs. ThinApp 4.7 – the differences

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With Horizon Mirage application layering and ThinApp VMware has now two options to deploy applications to endpoints. The big difference between both products is that ThinApp is an application virtualization solution and Mirage Application Layering is not.

While this is the main difference there are still many, many differences between both products in terms of functionality and deployment options. In the following table I tried summarizes most of the differences.

Functionality / Product Mirage application layering 4.0 ThinApp 4.7
Application isolation (running multiple version of the same application, prevent DLL conflicts, etc.) No Yes
OS independency (possibility to build a package on another OS version than it runs on) No Yes
Run different versions of the same application No, only if application supports this natively. Yes
Supports Internet Explorer virtualization / running multiple Version of IE No Yes
For more differences visit


If you want to know more about the differences between Mirage Application layering and ThinApp head over to and of course please vote for our VMworld US 2013 session: 4863 Dare to compare: Mirage application layering and ThinApp.

Written by tim

April 26th, 2013 at 11:10 am

Disable copy and paste or printing within your virtual application

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One of my customers had a requirement where they wanted there users to not copy & paste from an application and also being not able to print documents. How could you resolve that requirement? Quite easy with ThinApp as I’ve learned. I’ve asked my fellow colleague Tim Arenz, who’s a ThinApp specialist at VMware Professional Services and he came of course up with a solution. I’ve asked him if he could write a blog post about it and he did! Please visit his blog to see what ThinApp is able to.


Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

ThinDirect redirection message does not close automatically

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Again a great article by Tim Arenz who’s a End User Computing consultant at VMware Professional Services in Germany. This time he gives a hint what to do if a ThinDirect redirection message doesn’t gets closed after reedirecting the user to another web browser.


Written by Christoph Harding

February 17th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

VRC Phase IV–Application Virtualization

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The VRC Team (Ruben Spruijt, Sven Huisman and Jeroen van der Kamp) have just released their new VRC Phase IV whitepaper which is about the impact of application virtualization on VDI. A very interesting read, especially when you’re interested in the performance differences between the several application virtualization solutions.

Here a statement from the article:

Depending on the use case scenario, Project VRC discovered that this impact can be significant. Test results show that Application Virtualization has impact on the VDI user density, which can be decreased by 20% to 45% when Office 2007 is completely virtualized. This should be considered as a worst case scenario. When only a couple of specific (business) applications is virtualized, the session density decreases by only 3 to 12%. In practice the Application Virtualization overhead will be highly dependent on how often virtualized applications are started, and how much file IO and registry access they generate: specifically the creation of the virtualization ‘bubble’/environment for the application can have a significant overhead.


Written by Christoph Harding

June 16th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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