February 2010 - Posts

AdminStudio Service Pack adds 64-Bit Repackager

Flexera Software released Service Pack 1 for AdminStudio 9.5. It adds much anticipated 64-bit support to the repackager and more:

  • Repackaging 64-Bit Applications - Repackager now has the capability to repackage both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, as well as hybrid applications (both 32-bit and 64-bit). The Repackaging Wizard remains a 32-bit application, but can be run on both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Windows operating systems.
  • Creating 64-Bit Microsoft App-V Packages - AdminStudio 9.5 SP1 supports converting a 64-bit Windows Installer package into a 64-bit Microsoft App-V package, which can be deployed on Windows 64-bit systems with the Microsoft App-V 4.6 64-bit client.
  • PackageExpert Windows 7 Compatibility Tests - PackageExpert includes 12 new Windows 7 compatibility tests. Windows 7 compatibility tests find and resolve issues packages would have when deployed on the Windows 7 operating system. It checks custom action impersonation settings, mixed per-user and per-machine data, etc.

The service pack will update AdminStudio 9.5 Standard, Professional or Enterprise as well as the Standalone Repackager.

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InstallAnywhere 2010 adds Maintenance mode and Rollback

Today Flexera Software released a new version of their multi-platform setup authoring tool InstallAnywhere.

While Windows Installer setups had a maintenance mode and rollback capability from the beginning, similar functionality is now also available for cross-platform setups in InstallAnywhere 2010.

Here's a summary of the new features:

  • Maintenance Mode - end users can add or and remove features after the initial install, and repair corrupt or broken features.
  • Build Configuration & Tags - you can create multiple product configurations from the same project.
  • Rollback - if the installation fails or is cancelled it has completed the user's computer is restored to a clean state.
  • Uninstall customization - you can customize the uninstall behavior of your installer.

In addition, InstallAnywhere 2010 adds support for the latest operating system versions, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SUSE Linux 11.2, Ubuntu 9.10 and Mac OS X 10.6.


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Dell to acquire KACE

On February 11, 2010, it was announced that computer manufacturer Dell intends to acquire systems management company KACE. From the announcement:

"Dell Inc. and KACE announced on February 11, 2010 that Dell intends to acquire KACE and its award winning KBOX Family of Systems Management Appliances. All KACE employees will join Dell and KACE will operate as a new business unit. "

Who is KACE and why do I blog this?

If you're a system administrator working with Windows Installer you'll probably know AppDeploy.com. While AppDeploy was founded and still is managed and moderated by Bob Kelly, it was acquired by KACE in 2007 and is a service operated by KACE Networks, Inc. In my understanding this means that AppDeploy will now become part of Dell.

And, part of the KBOX product family is Virtual Kontainers, an application virtualization solution that KACE acquired from Computers In Motion in 2008.

Advanced Installer 7.5 brings enhanced installer themes

On January 27th, 2010 Caphyon Ltd. announced the latest edition of its Windows Installer authoring tool, Advanced Installer. The new 7.5 release brings three new Installer Themes built on top of Advanced Installer's Enhanced Native UI. Adding to the over 40 existing Classic themes, they take advantage of Windows 7/Vista controls while implementing a smoother, simpler install experience. Also new, the Direct Table Editor extends Custom Tables support, allowing users to visually edit your MSIs at database table and row level.

Summary of improvements in this version:

  • Enhanced Themes for installer User Interface
  • Direct table editor
  • Windows 7 Libraries support
  • Maintenance Plan period for Advanced Licensing module
  • Installation UI testing without building the full installer
  • Username/password predefined dialog
  • Microsoft Access Runtime predefined prerequisites
  • Customizable, reorganized left pane navigation menu
  • and several other enhancements and bug fixes

If you purchased Advanced Installer within the past 6 months (or if you have an active maintenance plan) you will receive the new version free of charge.

Advanced Installer is licensed on a per developer basis and can be installed on multiple machines. It is available in four editions, starting with the Freeware community edition and offering a 30-day trial period for the other editions.

For more information and to purchase Advanced Installer please visit the InstallSite Shop.