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Provisioning and Supporting Applications on
64-bit Windows

CSI-330 Brings to light the many unexpected little differences when applications run on 64-bit Windows.  You will learn how 32-bit applications are supported and what you will need to watch out for when installing, managing and supporting them.  Many of the issues discussed in this course are also relevant to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on 2008 R2 as it is exclusively a 64-bit platform that will run 32-bit applications for end users.

64-bit Windows 7 VM: For many computers you can use 32-bit XP or Windows 7 to run the provided 64-bit Windows 7 VM.  Please remember that if you plan to work from home for class, this issue may affect whether you can use a personally owned machine to perform labs using the provided 64-bit Windows 7 VM.  Please read here for more details and testing instructions.



64-bit Platform Overview
Advantages, Requirements, 32-bit Application Support, Simultaneous Supporting Applications on 32-bit XP, 32-bit Win7 and 64-bit Win7.

Compatibility Impacts and Mitigations
Drivers, EXEs, IPC, RPC, COM, 32-bit Printing, UAC Virtualization.

32-bit Subsystem (WOW64) Internals
Registry Redirection, File System Redirection, Accessing Windows EXEs, Implementation of 32-bit Support.

64-bit "Ready" Software
32-bit Software Fitted for 64-bit, Native 64-bit, .NET x86 and x64, Mixed Bitness Software.

64-bit User Desktop
Explorer and Internet Explorer Compatibility.

Scripting on 64-bit
32 and 64-bit VBScript (.VBS), Shell Scripts (.CMD), PowerShell (.PS1), Registry Scripting, WMI on 64-bit, HTAs, supporting 32 and 64-bit in a single script.

Software Installation on 64-bit
Challenges unique to running 32-bit and 64-bit installers on 64-bit Windows, including recognizing incorrectly built installers.  How 64-bit Windows Installer is implemented.

Related Systems
32-bit and 64-bit Application Compatibility (AppCompat), Changes in x64 for Win7.

64-bit Microsoft Office
64-bit MS Office compatibility and co-existence.


Take Aways

Take Home Testing Lab
This course utilizes a virtual machine based test lab that can be setup again anytime in the future.

Portable CSI-Toolkit
Portable Toolkit that does not require installation - with preconfigured tools and ability to add your own.

Script Migration / Dual-Mode Kit
Script code and samples to ease the migration of existing scripts to support by 32-bit and 64-bit.

Engineering Checklist: 64-bit Application Support
Our Engineering Checklists give structured best practice discussion points to help speed your development of designs, best practices and operational procedures.

Labs & Templates:
  • Refitting Scripts
  • Examining 64-bit Execution
  • Dissecting Registry Redirection
  • Understanding File Redirection
  • Tools:
  • Windows 7 64-bit SP1 VM
  • Regedit
  • Process Explorer (procexp.exe)
  • VMware