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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, February 11, 2011 11:06am
Some of you really want to be up to the literal second on your tech news - so we now have a twitter feed.  Follow the twitter ID @CSIWindowscom to receive our headlines.
 
Make Sure Your Infrastructure Supports Multiple Packages per Application, Even if Your Service Level Agreement Does Not Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:50pm

"We are not supporting 64bit.", "We are going to do one .MSI package for XP and Windows 7."  Sound familiar?  It is always best to support as few variants as possible, but make sure you do not paint yourself into a corner.

 
Google Chrome Corporate Deployment Kit Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, February 4, 2011 1:18am

Google didn't call it that, but I am.  Google Chrome now has support for corporate deployment including a stand-alone MSI and Group Policy templates.

 
IBM Research on Admin Troubleshooting - Our New Class Can Help! Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, January 17, 2011 9:26pm

IBM has been researching how Admins troubleshoot complex systems - to better understand what works and what does not.  A couple years and many hours of video tape later, some of their findings are being published at by Communications of the ACM.  Check out how the principles in our upcoming troubleshooting course would have helped out in one of these scenarios...

 
Find Out Why Your External Manifest is Being Ignored. Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:22pm

External manifests can be very frustrating – they never seem to behave as documented.  After a long session of forehead-repeatedly-meets-wall one of the greatest sources of frustration has been unearthed.

 
Advanced Installer Adds App-V Packaging Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, November 29, 2010 4:17pm
Advanced Installer now includes support for creating App-V packages.  This is good news in at least two ways.

 
Tutorial: How to Use the MsiLockPermissionsEx Table (and CSI_GetSDDLFromObject Helper Script) Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:20pm

Windows Installer 5.0 (Windows 7) introduced several new capabilities for setting permissions.  However, it is difficult to find samples of how to configure the new table and even more difficult to learn the permissions syntax (SDDLText) required to configure permissions.  The information in this article and a new CSI toolkit utility make this challenging chore into an easy one.

 
VBScript Sample Code Treasure Chest Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, September 3, 2010 4:25pm
Google is the world's largest sample code repository for any programming or scripting language - but some gems escape the search results page!  Here is the location of a treasure chest of slick VBScript code.
 
Getting Ready to Test All Your Apps for Win7? Checkout “Lessons Learned in Software Testing” Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, August 23, 2010 8:20am
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Most books on software testing are not usable by IT Professionals for testing applications in preparation for a new OS deployment.  Usually these books focus on very detailed methodologies that assume the tester is working with a single software application and that they have access to the development team building it.  Lessons Learned in Software Testing is different.

 
Free Replacement for Microsoft SteadyState on Windows 7 – It’s like VMware Snapshots for Real Machines! Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 12:00am

At first Microsoft was planning a new “Guest Mode” in Windows 7 to replace the functionality of the SteadyState toolkit.  That feature was dropped from the final product, so if you’ve been using and loving SteadyState on Windows XP, you’re left a little high and dry.  There is a free product that is a kind of fusion of SteadyState, System Restore, Backup and VMware virtual disk snapshots (but for real machines)…

 
Fetch Windows, Fetch – Find out what Windows is prefetching. Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, June 14, 2010 2:00am

Ever wonder exactly what Windows prefetch is pre-loading with your request to load an application?  Now you can use this handy utility to find out.

 
Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 Download Available Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:55pm

AppCompat Toolkit 5.5 has been upgraded to 5.6 and now supports 64bit, includes community voting improvements and web service performance improvements.

 
Enable Your .NET Application or PowerShell Script to Write to the Process Monitor (procmon.exe) Log Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 1:25pm

Some smart folks at wintellect have collaborated with Mark Russinovich to give you a .NET Assembly that will let your application write to the Process Monitor log!

 
Booting Hyper-V and VMWare on the Same Headless Machine Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, May 6, 2010 3:34am

This week I built a virtualization server on the cheap.  I wanted to be able to test with both Hyper-V and VMware workstation on the same configuration.  However, once you add the Hyper-V server role, the parent partition becomes virtualized as well.  VMWare Workstation detects this situation and simply shows an abort message.

 
UPDATED: Hidden Gem: Installing Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 From a Bootable USB Flash Drive Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, May 3, 2010 2:00am

After having difficulty with a DVD drive on one of my laptops, I did some snooping around to find out if I could install Windows from a thumb drive. The first utility I found did not work but then the perfect solution came from the most unusual place and it works with Server 2008 R2 as well!

 
Free Use of ChangeBase For Companies with 250 or Fewer Seats Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:04pm
ChangeBase announced a limited time offer for free use of ChangeBaseAOK for small businesses that have 250 or fewer seats.  The offer is good through July 2010.  It is a web based service available at...
 
Windows Update - Large AppCompat Update KB976264 Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, April 8, 2010 1:36pm

Microsoft has released a Windows Update that contains a large number of fixes for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server.  This is the second release of this package, so if you previously applied it, you may need to apply it again.

 
Unnecessary Roadblocks in the Windows Software Logo Program Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:51pm

Microsoft is running a survey about the Windows Software Logo Program to find out how it can be improved.  For Windows 7 the program was streamlined for developers to make it easier for them to get on board.  There is, however, one area that remains challenging for smaller development shops - you know, precisely the one's that IT admins would love to have focused on building platform compliant software?  You can help by showing your vote...

 
CSI-Windows Debugging Checklist Mousepad for Previous Students of DesktopEngineer.com Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:00am

If you've ever taken a class from DesktopEngineer.com or CSI-Windows.com and did not receive one of our cool Debugging Checklist mousepads, drop us a line to get yours. See below for a graphic of what it looks like.

 
Fixing Windows Installer Error 2738 Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, March 29, 2010 2:00am

Error 2738 is “Could not access VBScript run time for custom action .  You can quickly find out that you need to register vbscript.dll, but there is a nasty gotcha if you are too quick on the draw.  64-bit Windows also requires special care.

 
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