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4/5/2010: TRK-55 Windows 7 App. Internals & Packaging Jumpstart Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:25am

We still have seats available in our April 5th delivery of TRK-55 Windows 7 App. Internals & Packaging Jumpstart.

 

 
Installing MSI Packages with Bad Custom Actions on Windows 7 Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:16am

Even with all of Microsoft’s concerted efforts to get older MSI packages to run on Windows 7, there are still some challenging ones.  When these occur during the UI sequence of the package, there are several things you can try to get the package to install.

 
Two New Consulting Offerings Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, March 22, 2010 8:45pm

We are adding two new consulting services to our offerings on CSI-Windows.com.  The first one is micro-service offering called "Windows 7 Application Compatibility Shimming" - it is designed to help Administrators or Developers get a troublesome application working on Windows 7.  It is a fixed price and you only pay if the application can be made to run.  The second one is called "Corporate Deployability Assessment for Commercial Software MSI Packages"  It is designed for Software Developers to help them make sure their software package is easy to deploy.  The Windows 7 Logo has no setup program requirements - so even the most compatible software application can be difficult to deploy.

 
How To Extract a Single File From a Large MSI (4 Ways) Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:25pm

There may be times when you need a file or two out of a Microsoft SDK or other large distribution. It can be a painful process to install an entire SDK or toolkit to obtain a single file, so we’ve documented some better ways.

 
Norton Installs Itself Like Malware and Then Asks Me “How Safe Is Your Computer?” Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 4:24pm

Quite amazing.  After I was away from my computer for a couple hours I came back to the below dialog window (Figure 1) asking me “How safe is your computer?”  Regardless of how safe my computer is or isn’t, I wouldn’t expect this from a company trying to get my security business back.  So I set about reverse engineering how it got there…

 
Single Click Screenshot to Email Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, September 3, 2009 12:17pm

The other day I received an email about an error a user was experiencing, I wanted to see a screen shot and started to write an email detailing the steps required to capture and email me a screenshot when I suddenly realized “Wow, for how helpful screenshots are, this is sure an overly complex process”.  Some Googling turned up just what I was looking for and it is free and does not require installation …

 

 
Russinovich on Windows 7 User Account Control (UAC) Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 1:07pm

Mark Russinovich has authored a Technet article on the changes to UAC for the Windows 7 release…

 
A .manifest File Can Be Virtualized Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:54pm

If you include a <trustinfo> section in a .manifest file for an EXE, virtualization is disabled for that EXE.  However, if you are not careful, you can end up creating a virtualized .manifest and it will be …

 
Complete Online Catalog of all Windows 7 DLLs Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:05am

This is an interesting site which contains a DLL Catalog for every DLL that ships with Windows 7.  The catalog is built with the information from within the files – it does not contain commentary about what the files are for (other than the descriptions that can be extracted from the files).  It does…

 
Windows 7 News Clearinghouse Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:19pm

Looking for the latest news about Windows 7? Windows7news.com has you covered. All the latest, including news of leaked builds. Don't overlook the...

 
Tools List for Understanding Windows Integrity Mechanism (WIM) Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:53am

If your company decided to wait on Vista, you may not have had opportunity to get into the core technology that Microsoft introduced in version 6 of its kernel which powers Vista, Win7, Server 2008 and Server 2008R2.  Integrity Levels (ILs) are a new and significant feature of the new kernel.

 
BOOK: Windows Internals, 5th Edition: Sent To Printer Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, June 1, 2009 9:41am

The 5th edition of the defacto guide on Windows internals went to press in May.  The 1200 page volume covers through Windows Vista and Server 2008.

 
FREE E-BOOK: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:44pm

Although it is listed as the Microsoft Press free e-book, it is still downloadable (as of 5/28/09).  You may want to follow up on this one quickly – the free e-book offers don’t usually last past the end of the month they are published in.

 
BOOK: “Debugging” – Disciplines For All Technologists Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, May 25, 2009 8:20am
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Troubleshooting and debugging is one of those life activities that we tap into relentlessly - yet never learn about in a structured manner. “Debugging” by David Agans sheds some light on the general principles that produce reliable results no matter what you have under your microscope.

 
Windows 7 / MSI 5 "Dual-Purpose Packages" A No Starter? Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:25pm

I love dig deep into new functionality and find out how it works, but it also leads to unearthing implicit limitations - especially when you reconsider a technology in the framework of the current real environments it will need to work in, rather than the brave new world it seeks to define.

In preparing for a recent conference session I did some extensive testing of the big name feature in Windows Installer 5 which ships with Windows 7.  I have some concerns about this new functionality and I am sharing them in this post...

 
Why Custom Actions get a Windows Vista Version Lie on Windows 7 Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, May 15, 2009 10:47am

Chris Jackson has a great article on the reasons behind why Windows Installer 5 (Windows 7) custom actions are lied to by the shimming engine.  It also provides another great example that Microsoft is committed to the shimming infrastructure to the point where major segments of the OS rely on it for their own compatibility.  Shimming is not a bolt-on!

Why Custom Actions get a Windows Vista Version Lie on Windows 7

 
MMS 2009 Follow Up Videos Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:51pm

The attached videos contains the working version of my demonstration for Windows 7 Per-User Applications (MSI 5).  I have also posted the test package that allows you to reproduce the demos as well as do several other tests of Windows Installer 4 and 5 in your production environment.  The download includes a 30 page lab manual to step you through several of the capabilities of the test package.  Click "Read More" to see the videos.

 
Test Package and 30 Page Lab Manual for Testing MSI 4.0 (Vista) and MSI 5.0 (Win7) Features Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, May 7, 2009 10:00pm

I spoke at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 on the new features in Windows Installer since the 4.0 (Vista) release.  As part of this I used a test package to demonstrate the features.  The attached file includes the test package and a 30 page lab manual so that you can test these new features in your production environment.

 
Acresso Expands InstallShield Packaging Suite to Support Output to Three Virtualization Formats Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 5:32pm
Feeling daunted by the prospect of ramping up for application virtualization?  Acresso has retooled the AdminStudio packaging suite to output to the three primary application viritualization formats.  There are many potential benefits to this approach.  There were three that struck me as very beneficial. 
 
Darwin Sanoy at the Microsoft Management Summit Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, April 25, 2009 8:58pm
My name is Darwin Sanoy, and I am the principal trainer for CSI-Windows.com.  I will be speaking at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 in Las Vegas.  This is the 11th year that I have spoken at this conference and its predecessors

SC32 What's New In Windows Installer for Vista and Windows 7 and What You Should Do About It.
Speaker(s): Darwin Sanoy
Track(s): Client Management Technologies
Since Windows XP, Windows Installer has undergone two releases with a third planned for Windows 7. Find out what is in these releases and how you should accomodate these advances in your Windows desktop roadmap. This session will focus on technical aspects of Windows Installer releases while paying special attention to how these changes may enable or hinder your technical strategies for things like managing users who have admin rights, UAC and deployment of packages through distribution systems.

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