Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) July 2018 Service Release

[German]Short notice for administrators in the Windows environment who have a Software Assurance contract available. Microsoft released the MDOP July 2018 Service Release for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) on July 11, 2018.


What is Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)?

Microsoft writes: The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a portfolio of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. MDOP helps to improve compatibility and management, reduce support costs, improve asset management, and improve policy control.

The MDOP Information Experience provides product documentation, videos, blogs, and other resources to help users implement and optimize their experience with the MDOP technologies. The linked website contains further details.

MDOP Service Release July 2018

Twitter user WZor, previous known for his hints on Windows 8/8.1 Beta leaks posted this tweet mentiones the service release:

The download is available on this Microsoft page. The download consists of the following files:



Installation package for the 32- and 64-bit versions of the Windows clients and a 64-bit package for the servers are offered. Each package is available as an .exe file or an .msp file.

My hint: Download and use the  .msp file (Microsoft Windows Installer Patch file) instead of the .exe files. The reason: The .exe variants just unpacks the .msp file into a temporary directory and then start the installer for the patch. This is not optimal for security reasons (see my German blog post Microsoft und die Office 20xx-Sicherheitslücke in ose.exe).

MDOP supports Windows 10, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.

What else has to be considered

From Windows 10 1607, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) and Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) are included in the package. These components are maintained via the monthly Windows 10 update.

Microsoft's reference to KB4340040 given within the download page is currently useless. The description does not exist yet – delivers a 404 page.

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4 Responses to Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) July 2018 Service Release

    • guenni says:

      Thx for the link. I still have another article 'in petto', that shows the nasty security flaws, that comes with MDOB/MBAM …

  1. John says:

    Any word on this article? I would like to read up on any security issues MBAM may be causing.

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