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Windows 7 News Clearinghouse Print E-mail
General
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
General
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.

 
DesktopEngineer.com Launches CSI-Windows.com - Windows Internals Training Focused on Application Management Print E-mail
Releases
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:25am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DesktopEngineer.com Launches CSI-Windows.com – Windows Internals Training Focused on Application Management

PHILADELPHIA – May 26, 2009 -- DesktopEngineer.com, a leading provider of training for application management on Microsoft Windows, offers new technical training to aid in getting applications running under Windows 7 and application virtualization.

 
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

 
CSI Toolkit: Windows Services Optimizer (WinServicesOptimizer.vbs) Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, May 15, 2009 4:20am

Disabling unnecessary Windows services can result in significant performance gains for production machines and virtual machines. This script helps you manage and share templates for services optmization - including only starting services when they are needed. Some services optimization templates are included and instructions are included for converting from other services optimization tools. Click "Read More" for much more information about the benefits, uses and implementation of the script.

 
New Class: CSI-470 Application Virtualization Fundamentals Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 3:33pm

A new course has been added to our offerings.  CSI-470 Application Virtualization Fundamentals will help you understand the common principles and mechanisms behind virtualizing applications.  You can also get your hands dirty with some of the teir 1 tools in this space.

Check it out CSI-470 Application Virtualization Fundamentals

 
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
General
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. 
 
CSI Toolkit: bginfo template for Windows 7 Testing Print E-mail
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Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:27am

The attached file contains a .bgi template for Sysinternals BGInfo and an installation shell script. We use it on the virtual machines for all our courses. It places all the security and UAC details of a Windows 7 (or Vista) machine on the background bitmap. I have seem many threads on the net about trying to get bginfo to run for all standard users and do it without admin rights. Just run the installation script (bginfoinst.bat) in an elevated command prompt and then bginfo will run for all users who login, whether or not they are admins or elevated.

 
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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RegScanner – Google for your registry Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:51am

RegScanner is a very cool little utility for finding things in the registry.  RegEdit's built-in search functionality is similar to notepad.  Type your search string and keep pounding F3 until you find something similar to what you're looking for.  Lots of wasted time.

Here's some things I love about RegScanner:

 
RELEASED: Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, April 23, 2009 2:00am

ACT 5.5 has been released.  Microsoft has made sure that the entire toolset is Windows 7 ready.  The help documents have been enhanced with more information on Shims - Microsoft has been making big improvements on the help documents for over a year.

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