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Updated: ManifestUtils Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 11:19pm

Our standard manifest templates have been updated to work with 64-bit EXEs.

 
Windows 7: New Properties in Win32_Product Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, April 11, 2011 2:54pm

Although these new properties were available as of Vista, you may not be aware of them due to skipping Vista.

 
Library of App-V Package Acclerators Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, April 4, 2011 1:25pm

Microsoft is providing a bunch of freely downloadable App-V Package Accelerators (recipies feature added the recent SP1) for their own software and select free software applications.  They are up to 17 as of this writing.

 
Use VMWare Workstation 7.1.4 for Windows 7 SP1 Host Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Friday, April 1, 2011 11:55am

Previously we reported that applying SP1 to a computer that was running VMWare Workstation could cause VMs to be very slow and in some cases cause them to crash.  Workstation 7.1.4 has been released and addresses this problem.

 
Frustrations with Printing and Creating PDFs from 32-bit PDF Applications and PDF Viewers on Win7 64-bit (splwow64.exe) Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:21am

When a 32-bit program need to print, it uses a special program called splwow64.exe (print thunking layer) to talk to 64-bit printer drivers.  PDF printers and some viewers seem to have quite a few challenges with this approach.  Here's how I solved my challenges with free alternatives.  Also have a few observations about the HP Unversal driver and splwow64.exe.

 
How Windows Installer Processes Packages on 64-bit Windows Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:00am

Any given .MSI package is processed as either 32-bit or 64-bit.  Depending on the bitness of the process that starts msiexec.exe, the 32 or 64-bit client process may process the user interface of the package, but in the end it is always handed over to the 64-bit Windows Installer Service.  Let's unravel some of the mysteries of how this all works and any implications for your packages and processes.

 
New Schedule Additions Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:06pm
The schedule contains new offerings for App-V Sequencing Engineer (ENG-70), Win7 LUA/Non-Admin Application Integration Engineer (ENG-60) and Windows 7 Packaging Engineer (ENG-51) (with the new 64-bit day!).  Check the schedule here.
 
App-V 4.6 SP1 Is Released Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52pm

Microsoft has release App-V 4.6 SP1.  There are some very cool sequencer upgrades in this release.  Here are the details on the upgrade and the easiest way to get the upgrade (some public downloads).

 
NEW: CSI-330 Provisioning and Supporting Applications on 64-bit Windows Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:09pm

We've been hearing a lot of uncertainty about the challenges and risks of supporting 64-bit Windows.  64-bit Windows 7 has created a massive wave of adoption - put yourself in a position to assess application and operations impact with this new class.

 
Scripting, Migrating and Managing Registry Data In 64-bit Windows Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, March 3, 2011 3:33pm

Working in an environment of mixed 32-bit and 64-bit Windows can mean some frustration when managing registry settings for 32-bit software.  In this article we give a description of the challenges, tips and and techniques and a very handy .REG file to ease your frustration!

 
Go Slow: VMware Workstation 7 and Win7 SP1 Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, March 3, 2011 1:57pm

Installing SP1 on a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 machine that runs VMWare Workstation may cause serious problems with your VMs.  This article contains the documented workaround.

 
Windows 7 and Server 2008 SP1 Has Been Released: 800 Hotfixes Rollup. Print E-mail
General
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:42am

Windows 7 SP1 has been released by Microsoft.  Although notable new functionality for Windows 7 is a short list, the service pack rolls up almost 800 hotfixes.

 
Follow Our Headlines on Twitter Print E-mail
General
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
General
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.

 
App-V Sequencing Course Reorganized - Includes a Free Day Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 11:48am

We have made some changes to Windows 7 App-V Sequencing Engineer so that it covers more bases and so that you can purchase just what you need.

 
Google Chrome Corporate Deployment Kit Print E-mail
General
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
General
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...

 
1/31 ENG-70 (App-V) is FULL, New Delivery Date Added For April Print E-mail
Training Updates and Additions
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:09am

The January 31st delivery of App-V Sequencing Engineer (ENG-70) is full.  We have a new date in April available...

 

 
Find Out Why Your External Manifest is Being Ignored. Print E-mail
General
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.

 
CSI_GetBitness.vbs Update Print E-mail
CSI Toolkit
Written by Darwin Sanoy   
Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:02pm

After feedback from readers, this script has been enhanced to be able to sense when it is running under the 32-bit subsystem of 64-bit Windows.  Other improvements include...

 

 
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