Sunday, July 29, 2007

Webcast: Windows PowerShell and Microsoft Management Console - August 02, 2007

What:MSDN Webcast: Windows PowerShell and Microsoft Management Console (Level 200)
In this labcast, learn about two powerful management technologies that encompass both the command line and graphical user interface (GUI). Windows PowerShell is the new command shell and scripting language from Microsoft that helps IT professionals and developers achieve greater productivity. Join this session to write cmdlets for Windows PowerShell that enable an operator to retrieve workflow data from the workflow tracking system. In addition, you build a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 3.0 using managed code. MMC 3.0 has greatly improved the managed code model for building management consoles or your applications and services. This lab is based on the DinnerNow sample scenario. Presenter: Matt Hester, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
When:Thursday, August 2, 2007 9:00 AM

Time Displayed: Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Windows Vista Migration Webcast Series Part Six: Personality Captures

What:Windows Vista Migration Webcast Series - Part Six: Personality Captures
How will you Migrate to Windows Vista? Migrating to Windows Vista is not a question of when, but how. Whether you plan to deploy Vista as a mass migration project or gradually as new PCs are deployed, OS migration can be intimidating for any IT manager. But with Altiris, now part of Symantec, you can easily manage the mysteries of Vista migration. Join us for part six of a seven part webcast series on Vista migration featuring Windows expert Nelson Ruest. Nelson works for Resolutions Enterprises Ltd. as a Senior Enterprise IT Architect and has over 20 years' experience in migration planning and network, PC, and server infrastructure design. He has been working on deployments since Windows 3.1 and so far, has assisted over 500,000 users with their migrations. Nelson is the co-author of the eBook: The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration. In this one hour, complimentary webcast on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (16:00 GMT, Europe), you'll learn how to successfully tackle the complex task of Vista migration through planning and best practices and how an Altiris integrated solution will help ease your migration plan. The following topics will be discussed: * Personality Capture Considerations - Profile Types & Choosing which Profiles to Protect * Working with Personality Captures * Alternative Strategies for Profile Migrations * Finalize the Personality Protection Strategy * Benefits of Migrating with Altiris
When:Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:00 AM

PRESENTER: Nelson Ruest, Windows expert and co-author of The Definitive Guide to Vista Migration

Time Displayed: EST (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]

Sunday, July 22, 2007

InstallShield 2008: OS Conditions in DIM Files May Evaluate Incorrectly

When building a DIM reference into an InstallShield project, you may see that OS Conditions evaluate the 'Greater Than' conditional statement as 'Equals'.

Applies to Product(s):

  • InstallShield 2008 Premier
  • InstallShield 2008 Professional

Project Type: Windows Installer, InstallScript MSI


Per InstallShield Support, this is due to an issue present in InstallShield's DIM Import module.

Download new DimImport.dll & Resolute

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Windows Script 5.6 for Windows XP and Windows 2000

Windows Script is a comprehensive scripting infrastructure for the Microsoft Windows platform. Windows Script provides two script engines, Visual Basic Scripting Edition and Microsoft JScript, which can be embedded into Windows Applications. It also provides an extensive array of supporting technologies that makes it easier for script users to script Windows applications. Learn more...

The download of Windows Script 5.6 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 installs Microsoft Windows Script containing Visual Basic Script Edition (VBScript.) Version 5.6, JScript Version 5.6, Windows Script Components, Windows Script Host 5.6, and Windows Script Runtime Version 5.6. A detailed documentation can also be downloaded from Windows Script 5.6 Documentation

System Administrators and/or Software Packagers/Engineers often require usage of Windows Scripting Technology and it's sub-sets for smoother application package authoring and/or deployments.


Macrovision’s AdminLetter - July 2007 Highlights

The July 2007 edition of Macrovision's Newsletter has the following as highlights:


    • AdminStudio 8.5 prevents DLL conflicts with Citrix virtualization support

    • AdminStudio wins two 2007 Redmond Readers' Choice Awards

    • Tip: Setting isolation options for Citrix virtual profiles

    • Save time by indentifying which applications to repacakge for Windows Vista

    • AdminStudio training special: Sign up with co-workers and save!

New Knowledge Base Articles Added Include:


    • HOWTO: Troubleshooting Major Upgrades

    • INFO: Changing the IP Address of the Workflow Manager Application Site

    • HOWTO: Configuring Job Manager to Run as a Service

Visit the July 2007 AdminLetter for links & details.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Webcast: Application Compatibility Considerations with Windows Vista - July 18, 2007

What:TechNet Webcast: Application Compatibility Considerations with Windows Vista (Level 200)
In this webcast, we focus on application compatibility issues that you may encounter when upgrading to the Windows Vista operating system, and we show you how to address them. We start the session by explaining User Account Control (UAC), which helps reduce the exposure and attack surface of the operating system by requiring that all users run in standard user mode . Although UAC provides many benefits, some applications may be affected by its implementation. We discuss these possible areas of incompatibility and look at how to resolve any problems that may arise. We also cover other areas of possible application compatibility issues, such as the new networking features. Finally, we introduce some of the helpful tools Microsoft provides to assist with application compatibility with Windows Vista. Presenter: Blain Barton, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
When:Wednesday, July 18, 2007 9:30 AM

Time Displayed - Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Convert to Your Local Time]

AdminStudio Repackager Standalone Download

AdminStudio includes a standalone, zero-footprint setup for Repackager. This allows you to install Repackager by itself on a clean machine to repackage applications. The repackaged setup can then be transferred to a build machine with AdminStudio installed or copied to a network location. The download is in the form of a setup.exe that should be launched on the clean machine.
Beginning with AdminStudio 8.5, the standalone Repackager is available on the installation DVD in the Tools folder entitled "StandaloneRepackager.exe". 

More Information & Download

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Building in AdminStudio Repackager Leads to Unknown Error

Building an .inc file that contains certain shortcut entries can lead to an error during the build. A message indicating "An unknown error occurred" is present in the build log, after shortcut information is displayed, and an .msi file will not be created.
This is caused by a bug present in AdminStudio 6.0 with or without Value Pack 1.

Download the HOTFIX (islc.exe) & Steps for Resolution

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

MSI Error 2755:1639

The installation terminates when the progress-bar dialog runs. A log of the installation indicates error 2755:1639. An error message indicating incorrect command-line parameters is also seen in the log file.

Usually the exact error message is:
Error 2755: Server returned unexpected error.
Error 1639 is a system return code indicating that Windows Installer received an invalid command line argument.

Project Type: Windows Installer, InstallScript MSI


Sunday, July 8, 2007

Halting Installation When Current User Is Not Administrator or Root - KB Q112350

This article explains how to determine if the current user is an administrator on Windows or the root user on Unix, and how to halt the installation and display an error dialog when this current user criterion is not met.

This article applies to the following:


  • InstallShield X Premier, InstallShield 10.5 Premier, InstallShield 11 Premier

  • InstallShield X Professional, InstallShield 10.5 Professional, InstallShield 11 Professional

  • MultiPlatform 4.x, MultiPlatform 5.x, FLEXnet InstallShield MultiPlatform 11.5

Project Type: Universal Installer
Operating System(s): Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Solaris (SPARC), MAC OS, Linux, MAC OS X, AIX, Windows 2000/XP, All Windows, Windows Vista

What does this mean and how to troubleshoot?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Using WiseScript to Customize Virtual Software Packages

In this article, author Aaron Phillips goes through the process of customizing the behavior of an SVS package using WiseScript. WiseScript is a simple, yet versatile scripting language that consolidates dozens or hundreds of lines of code into predefined script actions. Phillips mentions:
Since I was introduced to WiseScript, I have to say, it's grown on me more and more. WiseScript is a quick and easy to use tool that can bring customized control to how your SVS applications perform.

In this example, author creates a "Post Activation" event for an SVS package using WiseScript to display an End User License Agreement (EULA) and to set a registry key with its acceptance for the currently logged on user.

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