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Register for any class, Get a Free Day for Next Time ($350 Value) Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:08pm

We are running a new year special!  If you register for any 3 day (or longer) open enrollment class between now and February 10th, 2012, you will receive a one day credit to use the next time you train with us.  This is actually credited to your account via our CSI Cash Loyalty Rewards - when it is combined with the CSI Cash you accrue by attending the class it adds up to a substantial discount on another class!

 
Home Geek: Remote Active Home Pro Via WMI (x10 Home Automation) Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00am

Active Home Pro (AHP) is a low cost software package from x10.com that allows programming of affordable home control devices that follow the x10 protocol.  AHP does not natively provide network or web based access to the computer that is running the software.  There are a variety of devices and software packages that can solve this problem for $100 or up – but all I really need is the occasional ability to control a single device.  WMI is up to the task…

 
CSI_GetSpecialFolderToCMD Easily Retrieving Windows “Special” Folders in .CMD/.BAT and VBScripts. Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00am

In preparation for a Windows 7 migration the folder references in countless scripts used by administrators may need updating due to the changes in the standard Windows folder locations.  With the broad support for 64-bit Windows, there are also some path variances on the 64-bit platform.  If these scripts are updated with new literal location references they won’t work for both OSes during the migration and may not work on 64-bit Windows 7 or later on Windows 8.  Let’s look at how to modify your scripts so they work on all these variations simultaneously and become future proof.  This article also contains a very cool technique and sample code for being able to retrieve any special folder location in a shell script (.cmd or .bat) using a small VBScript.

 
New Windows 7 Applications Bootcamp Week Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:19pm

I am excited to announce that we have a new bootcamp week and would like to explain a little about how it works.

 
New Schedule - Open for Registration Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, December 8, 2011 11:33am

All of our major courses have been added to the delivery schedule for Q1 2012.  They are ready for registration if you need to use 2011 funds to book them.  Also, check out the new Win7 Application Bootcamp!

Here is the schedule: http://csi-windows.com/schedule

 
VMware Workstation 8 Auto-shutdown Script for Shared VMs Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, November 18, 2011 2:16am

VMware Workstation 8 added the ability to auto-start virtual machines in the background.  This excellent piece of functionality taken from the server product makes workstation like a mini-VM Server.  Except that auto-shutdown has not been provided.  This post tell you how to configure auto-start VMs and gives you a Windows Shutdown script that will auto-shutdown any shared vms that are running.

 
Print Drivers - Verifying Them and Isolating Them In Memory Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, October 17, 2011 12:48pm

We recently ran an article about compatibility problems with Windows 32 to 64-bit thunking layer (splwow64.exe).  There is actually a testing tool to verify whether print drivers follow development best practices and some group policy settings to control whether print drivers are run in their own isolated process.  Both of these can be handy when working with printing on 64-bit Windows.

 
Packaging Skills for 2012 and Beyond Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:58pm

I had the privilege of speaking at the PDS Packaging Event 2011 in Amsterdam.  I have posted the presentation to this article.

 
64-bit Has Two System Profile Folders Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, October 14, 2011 7:29am

64-bit Windows redirects the "System32" folder for 32-bit processes.  On Windows 7 the system account's profile folder lives in "..\System32\config\systemprofile".  It is also redirected when accessed from a 32-bit process.  This has a direct affect on packages that are run under the system account (many software distribution systems), but perform operations on the user profile.

 
Wise Folds Into to InstallShield Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Saturday, October 8, 2011 9:45am

Although there have been rumblings for quite some time, the beloved Wise Package Studio is bowing out with a tip of the hat to Installsheild.  I still remember conversations with the folks at wise when they were first hatching the idea to create an administrator's tool...

 
Major Upgrade to CSI_IsAdmin (.vbs, .cmd, .ps1) Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, October 6, 2011 2:05pm

The CSI_IsAdmin script kit provides a quick and passive (doesn't try to change anything) way to check for admin rights on XP through Windows 7.  It includes code for VBScript (VBS), PowerShell (PS1) and Shell Scripting (.CMD/.BAT).  The previous version could report incorrect results under specific circumstances.

 
App-V Class Rescheduled - Pushed Out One Week Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, September 29, 2011 1:47pm
Our App-V Class in October has been pushed out one week and will start on 10/31 and go through 11/4.  Please see the schedule for details.
 
Scheduled ENG-51/ENG-52 For Australia / New Zealand: 12 Days to Register Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, September 9, 2011 10:07am

We are excited to offer an online session of our ENG-51 / ENG-52 course week on Eastern Australia and New Zealand Time.  The class will run 9/27-9/30, but due to shipping lead times, there are only 12 calendar days until the registration cutoff at 11:45pm GMT+10 on 9/20/2011.

 

 
Best Practice: Use GPO to Disable PCA and UAC Virtualization for Testing Software Developed for Windows 7 Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 4:23pm

For software developers on Windows 7, Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) and UAC Virtualization may mask application problems that should be fixed in the source code.  IT professionals supporting software developers should consider disabling these settings for computers and user ids that are used to test software.

 
New Classes Scheduled Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:09am

New classes have been scheduled for MSI Packaging Engineer, Application Compatibility Engineer and App-V Sequencing Engineer.

 
"NEW" Course - Application Compatibility Engineer (ENG-60) Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 10:59am

ENG-60 has undergone a title change to more accurately reflect the fact that is an excellent class to get you started with shimming applications using compatibility admin.  However, there is much more to AppCompat than just shimming...

 
New Schedule Additions: ENG-30, ENG-51 and ENG-52 Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, June 10, 2011 11:50am

Some last minute additions include Windows Installer Repackaging Engineer (ENG-30) and a second week that contain both "Windows 7 Repackaging Engineer Update (ENG-51)" and the NEW Windows 7 Application Support Engineer (ENG-52).

 

 
NEW: Windows 7 Application Support Engineer (ENG-52) and Multi-track weeks Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, June 3, 2011 2:40pm

We have a new class for those of you who will be supporting applications on Windows 7 or Server 2008.  This new class pairs our long standing CSI-300 How Applications Work on Windows 7 with our new CSI-330 Provisioning and Supporting Applications on 64-bit Windows.  With this new course we will now have a our first multi-track training weeks...

 
Supporting 64-bit: Using Registry Links On Your Corporate Software Tracking Registry Key Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, May 23, 2011 11:45am

It is a common practice to have a corporate software registry key for tagging software installations that were performed by an official company prepared package.  Many times these keys are stored under HKLM\Software.  On 64-bit Windows this registry key is different for 32-bit and 64-bit applications - but it doesn't have to be!

 
Alumni Only Event: CSI-330 Provisioning and Supporting Applications on 64-bit Windows Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:52am

If you haven't heard, we've added a new 64-bit course day to the schedule.   Some of our alumni accounts are not active, so I wanted to get this message out on our general blog and mailing list as well.  

All CSI-Windows.com and DesktopEngineer.com training alumni can take a special stand alone verison of the class with the special pricing of $250. You may also invite one non-alumni guest at this price provided that you do a group registration with both of you and that materials are shipped to the same address.

 
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