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Windows Installer Chats and WebCasts

[ Upcoming Events | Chat Transcripts | Recorded WebCasts ]

This page lists recodrings of online seminars, presentations, chats and the like that might be of interest for setup developers and system administrators woking with Windows Installer technology.

Upcoming Live Events

Currently no Windows Installer webcasts or chats have been announed.

Chat Transcripts

Some Webcast also have a simultaneous chat session, see below

Chat: What's new in Windows Installer 4.0

Description:
Join members of the Windows Installer Team as they answer your questions about Windows Installer 4.0, the latest version of the Windows Installer that will ship as part of Windows Vista. (For more information on Windows Installer 4.0, refer to our presentation from the PDC. Simply go to http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/content/downloads.aspx and download the slides for "FUN222".)
Type:
Microsoft Chat (November 15, 2005)

Transcript (by Microsoft)
Inofficial Transcript (by Stefan Krueger)

Using the Windows Installer with the Driver Install Frameworks Tools (DIFXApp)

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the June Windows Installer chat, experts from the Windows Installer and the Driver Install Frameworks teams at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer your questions about installing drivers with the Windows Installer.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (June 28, 2005)

Inofficial Transcript (by Stefan Krueger)

Deploying Visual Basic .NET Applications

Description:
Have you had trouble deploying your Visual Basic .NET applications? Do you wonder how best to package your application to make installation easy for your customers? Then bring your questions and discuss them with members of the Visual Basic and Visual Studio Deployment teams. Discover how to easily deploy your Visual Basic applications.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (March 22, 2005)

Transcript (by Microsoft)

March Windows Installer Chat: General Q & A

Description:
If you have questions or suggestions for the Windows Installer team - or maybe you are just interested in the latest news about the Windows Installer -- this event is for you!
Type:
Microsoft Chat (March 15, 2005)

Transcript (by Microsoft)

January Windows Installer Chat: General Q & A

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the January Windows Installer chat, experts from the Windows Installer team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer your questions about the Windows Installer. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn more about the Windows Installer.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (January 11, 2005)

Chat log (by Stefan Krueger)
Transcript (by Microsoft)

Windows Installer Chat: Using WiX to create Windows Installer Packages

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the November Windows Installer chat, experts from the Windows Installer and the WiX teams at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer your questions about using WiX to create Windows Installer packages.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (November 9, 2004)

Transcript

Data and Deployment with Crystal Reports for Visual Studio

Description:
Join the development team of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio to discuss common deployment and data connectivity issues. Come discuss the best practices and common pitfalls for deploying Windows Form and Web Form applications. Find out what new deployment options are available when using Visual Studio 2005's ClickOnce deployment. Ask the team questions about connecting to data with ADO.NET, OLE DB, ODBC, data sets, and new data connectivity features that will be available in Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2005.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (October 28, 2004)

Transcript

Windows Installer Chat: Using the Windows Installer with the Driver Install Frameworks Tools (DIFXApp)

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the October Windows Installer chat, experts from the Windows Installer and the Driver Install Frameworks teams at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer your questions about installing drivers with the Windows Installer.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (October 12, 2004)

Transcript

Windows Installer 3.0 Chat

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the September Windows Installer chat, experts from the Windows Installer team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer your questions about the new Windows Installer 3.0. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about all the great serviceability improvements we have made in the latest release of the Windows Installer!
Type:
Microsoft Chat (September 23, 2004)

Chat log (by Stefan Krueger)
Transcript (by Microsoft)

Deploying Visual Basic .NET Applications

Description:
Have you had trouble deploying your Visual Basic .NET applications? Do you wonder how best to package your application to make installation easy for your customers? Then bring your questions and discuss them with members of the Visual Basic and Visual Studio Deployment teams. Discover how to easily deploy your Visual Basic applications.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (September 7, 2004)

Transcript (by Microsoft)

July's Windows Installer Chat: General

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the July Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (July 13, 2004)

Chat log (by Stefan Krueger)
Transcript (by Microsoft)

June's Windows Installer Chat: MSI 3.0

Description:
In the June Windows Installer chat experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will take to their keyboards to answer questions about features in the MSI30 release. The MSI30 release is targeted to improve application servicing. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn more about creating smaller patches with no source requirements, patch sequencing, patch uninstall and planning for the migration to MSI30.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (June 8, 2004)

Transcript

April's Windows Installer Chat: MSI 3.0

Description:
In the April Windows Installer chat experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will take to their keyboards to answer questions about features in the MSI30 release. The MSI30 release is targeted to improve application servicing. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn more about creating smaller patches with no source requirements, patch sequencing, patch uninstall and planning for the migration to MSI30.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (April 13, 2004)

Transcript

March's Windows Installer Chat: General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the March Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome. This chat will focus on released versions of the Windows Installer and will not cover any Beta or pre-release information.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (March 9, 2004)

Transcript

November's Windows Installer Chat: General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the November Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome. This chat will focus on released versions of the Windows Installer and will not cover any Beta or pre-release information.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of November 11, 2003)

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GERMAN German Chat: Installation von .NET Framework-Anwendungen

Beschreibung:
Schwerpunkte sind das Zusammenspiel von Visual Studio .NET und dem Windows Installer, die Smart-Client-Konfiguration mit der Installer-Klasse und die Rolle von MSI im Zeitalter von .NET. Grundsätzlich geht es auch um die Frage, wozu man den Installer braucht, wenn es doch XCopy Deployment gibt.
Die Fragen zum Thema Installation von .NET Framework-Anwendungen beantworten die beiden Experten Jens Häupel und Uwe Baumann.
Typ:
Microsoft Chat (Protokoll vom 10. November 2003 nicht verfügbar)

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October's Windows Installer Chat: User Interface

Description:
In this October's MSI chat, the Windows Installer team at Microsoft will be bringing in some guest experts to discuss the Windows Installer user interface functionality. If you've ever wanted to ask questions about how MSI works with Dialogs, Controls, Fonts, Logging, MSI message records, or External UI then this chat is a great opportunity. This chat will focus on released versions of the Windows Installer and will not cover any Beta or pre-release information.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of October 14, 2003)

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September's Windows Installer Chat: General Discussion

Description:
After two months without a single MSI chat, the experts from the Windows Installer team at Microsoft are warming up their keyboards in preparation for the great MSI questions you'll be asking in the September Windows Installer chat. No specific focus area is scheduled for this month, so enter the MSDN chat room and ask about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies or any other MSI topic. This chat will focus on released versions of the Windows Installer and will not cover any Beta or pre-release information.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of September 16, 2003)

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July's Windows Installer Chat: General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the July Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of July 8, 2003)
Regarding device driver installation see also here.

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Software Distribution using Windows Server 2003 Group Policy

Description:
Group Policy supports software deployment as an important feature to help lower IT support costs. This chat focuses on the assignment of software to machines or users and the publication to users. We’ll cover how GPO’s can be created and targeted for software distribution, the upgrading of applications once installed and the tools you can use to troubleshoot software distribution through Group Policy.
Type:
Microsoft TechNet Chat (June 26, 2003). Transcript not yet available.

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June's Windows Installer Chat: General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the June Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of June 5, 2003)

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Windows Installer - Troubleshooting MSI

Description:
In the May Windows Installer Chat, experts from the Windows Installer team at Microsoft will answer questions on troubleshooting techniques for the Windows Installer. Topics covered will include troubleshooting setup failures, understanding MSI event log entries, reading a log file, best practices, diagnosing unexpected repair operations, and more. Questions from chat participants are always welcome. Please note that this chat discusses general troubleshooting techniques and common problems; the chat experts will not be able to diagnose specific failures during this chat.
Type:
Microsoft Chat (Transcript of May 13, 2003)

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Windows Installer - General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the April Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Carolyn, Developer on the Windows Installer team
Chris, Developer on the Windows Installer Team
Om, Program Manager on the Windows Installer Team
Yuan Qing, Test Lead on the Windows Installer Team
Eric Sassaman, Windows SDK Community Lead (PSS)
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of April 9, 2003)

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Windows Installer - Assemby Installation and Management Chat

Description:
Join the experts from the Windows Installer and .Net framework teams in an online chat about Assembly support in the Windows Installer. Assemblies are the building blocks of .NET Framework applications, and can be installed and managed through the same MSI framework used for non-assembly components. Topics covered will include best practices, assembly installation, troubleshooting steps for failed assembly installs, COM interoperability, and servicing. Technical questions from chat attendees are welcome!
Chat Hosts:
Carolyn, a developer on the Windows Installer team
Chris, a developer on the Windows Installer Team
Stan, Win32 Side by Side team developer in test
Jon, developer in the Windows group
Roberto, a tester on the Windows team
Eric Sassaman, Windows SDK Community Lead (PSS)
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of March 6, 2003)

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Windows Installer General and Future Chat

Description:
Short month – long chat. In the February Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will respond to your MSI questions - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!
And its time to turn the tables – we’ve got questions, you’ve got answers. Immediately following the hour-long MSI chat, the MSI planning team will be asking for your feedback on MSI and suggestions for the next version. Help decide the future of MSI in a 30 minute "bonus chat".
Chat Hosts:
Carolyn, a developer on the Windows Installer team
Chris, a developer on the Windows Installer Team
Mark, Technical Lead on the Windows Installer Developer Support team
Eric Sassaman, Windows SDK Community Lead (PSS)
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of February 4, 2003)

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HTM Transscript: Windows Installer Future

Windows Installer Patches and Upgrades Chat

Description:
Phew! The first version of your product is finally out the door. Now what do you need to do to prepare for future updates? In the January Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will start the new year by answering your questions about patching and upgrades. Join the fifth chat in the Windows Installer series to discuss the differences between the three types of MSI updates, when each type is appropriate, best practices when creating patches, tips for working with PCP files, the new patch capabilities in MSI 2.0, and more. Questions from chat attendees are always welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Chris Gouge, Software Design Engineer
Carolyn Napier, Software Design Engineer
Mark Lathrope, Technical Lead
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of January 8, 2003)

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Deployment in Visual Basic .NET Chat

Description:
Join members of the Visual Basic team for this discussion of the issues and best practices surrounding deploying your applications. Topics covered include deployment projexts in VB.NET and the .NET Framework.
Chat Hosts:
Steve Hoag, Programmer/Writer
Dave Templin, Lead Developer
David Guyer, Tester
Ed Hickey, VB Communities PM
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of January 7, 2003)

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Windows Installer General Discussion

Description:
You ask - we answer. In the December Windows Installer chat, experts from the MSI team at Microsoft will sit down at their keyboards and answer any questions you ask about MSI - no specific focus area is scheduled for this month. Fire up your browser and join this chat to learn about merge modules, rollback, custom actions, advertisement, external UI, patches and upgrades, validation, assemblies and more. Questions on any MSI-related topic are welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Chris Gouge, Software Design Engineer
Carolyn Napier, Software Design Engineer
Eric Sassaman, Program Manager
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of December 3, 2002)

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Windows Installer Chat - Custom Actions

Description:
Join the experts from the Windows Installer team in an online chat about Windows Installer custom actions. MSI custom actions provide a flexible system for application setup authors to extend the functionality of their setup to perform actions that are not natively supported by the Windows Installer. Topics covered will include suggested best practices, debugging methods, dealing with security issues, and common assumptions that can lead to future problems. Technical questions about the various types of custom actions and their use are also welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Chris Gouge, Software Design Engineer
Carolyn Napier, Software Design Engineer
Renuka Manavalan, Software Design Engineer
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of November 6, 2002)

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Windows Installer and Group Policy Chat

Description:
The experts from the Windows Installer and Group Policy development teams will discuss the interactions between MSI and Group Policy. They'll answer your questions about assignment vs. publishing, what it means for an MSI package to support deployment, and the software deployment improvements in Windows XP and Windows .Net Server 2003. Questions on MSI authoring requirements, best practices, roaming user functionality, troubleshooting techniques, and establishing upgrade relationships between deployed software are also welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Ken Maybee, Tester
Chris Gouge, Software Design Engineer
Jim Masson, Program Manager
Carolyn Napier, Software Design Engineer
Adam Edwards, Development Lead
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of October 1, 2002)

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Windows Installer Services Chat

Description:
The Windows Installer development team participated in an online chat regarding the Windows Installer service. They talked about the latest features in Windows Installer version 2.0, including improved patching and upgrades, installation of assemblies, and support for digital signatures. Questions on MSI programming and debugging techniques, setup authoring, and custom action usage were also welcome.
Chat Hosts:
Carolyn Napier, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corp.
Chris Gouge, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corp.
Renuka Manavalan, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corp.
Brian Granowitz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corp.
Duration:
60 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Chat (transcript of August 20, 2002).

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Recorded and On-Demand WebCasts

Webcast: Designing Software Installations for Windows Vista Using Windows Installer 4.0

Description:
In this webcast, we cover the new software installation features of Microsoft Windows Installer 4.0 in the Windows Vista operating system. Windows Installer 4.0 offers innovations that are important to software developers, such as integration with User Account Control (UAC), the ability to mitigate system restarts when applying patches, and improved logging functionality. We explain how to take advantage of the powerful new features in Windows Installer 4.0 and provide you with the best practices for developing installation software targeting Windows Vista.
This is an updated version of the webcast on the same topic held on June 23, 2006.
Presenter:
Tyler Robinson, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Tyler Robinson is a lead program manager at Microsoft responsible for the Windows Installer technology. He has overseen the releases of Windows Installer 3.0, 3.1, and now 4.0 in Windows Vista. Before joining Microsoft, Tyler was a technical evangelist and product manager at InstallShield Software Corporation, where he worked on the InstallShield Windows Installer authoring tools for more than seven years.
Type:
MSDN Webcast (Level 200)
Recording:
Recorded October 30, 2006
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Inofficial Transcript of the Q&A chat that took place during the webcast
Official Transcript of the Q&A chat that took place during the webcast

Webcast: 10 More Commandments for Software Packaging - Focus on Vista Migration

Description:
Do you recall how painful your last migration was? Windows Vista is the new client operating system that Microsoft will launch at the end of October 2006. If you want to be prepared and seriously think about migrating to Windows Vista, you need to consider your approach. This Webcast will focus on project tasks that you can undertake right now, to be fully prepared. Building on the popular 20 Commandments for Software Packaging, this new set of commandments apply to migration projects, and will show you which tools can help you perform these tasks. If you are getting ready for a Vista migration today, take the time to participate in this Webcast.
Featured Speaker:
Nelson Ruest, author and senior enterprise architect with extensive experience in migration planning, software management and architectural design.
Type:
Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Webcast (sponsored by Macrovision)
Recording:
Recorded October 25, 2006
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Webcast: Designing Application Installations for User Account Control with Windows Installer 4.0 in Windows Vista

Description:
Windows Installer 4.0 in Windows Vista includes new features that allow application developers to take full advantage of User Account Control (UAC) when installing, updating, and uninstalling software. In this presentation, we cover the new installation features that specifically relate to User Account Control, such as marking a package as UAC-compliant, taking advantage of UAC patching, and adding the “shield” icon to your user interface. We also address common UAC debugging issues pertaining to application installation and servicing.
Presenter:
Tyler Robinson, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Tyler Robinson is a lead program manager at Microsoft responsible for the Windows Installer technology. He has overseen the releases of Windows Installer 3.0, 3.1, and now 4.0 in Windows Vista. Before joining Microsoft, Tyler was a technical evangelist and product manager at InstallShield Software Corporation, where he worked on the InstallShield Windows Installer authoring tools for more than seven years.
Type:
MSDN Webcast (Level 200)
Recording:
Recorded October 18, 2006
Register to watch the webcast
Transcript of the Q&A chat that took place during the webcast

Webcast: Designing Software Installations for Windows Vista Using Windows Installer 4.0

Description:
This webcast covers the new software installation features of Microsoft Windows Installer 4.0 in Windows Vista. Windows Installer 4.0 offers innovations important to software developers, such as integration with User Account Control (UAC), the ability to mitigate system restarts when applying patches, and improved logging functionality. We explain how to take advantage of the powerful new features in Windows Installer 4.0 and provide best practices for installation software developers who are targeting Windows Vista.
Type:
MSDN Architecture Webcast (Level 200)
Recording:
Recorded June 23, 2006
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Smart Client 4: Deploying and Maintaining Smart Client Applications

Description:
Learn how to deploy smart client applications that completely sidestep "DLL Hell" issues and take full advantage of the familiar Internet deployment model.
Presenter:
Chris Kinsman
Type:
Microsoft DevDays 2004 Streaming Session (67 minutes), recording of Microsoft DevDays 2004.

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Using the Setup and Deployment Project in Visual Studio .NET (March)

Description:
Deploying a Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET application is greatly simplified with the VS.NET Setup and Deployment Project. Using this tool makes it very simple to deploy an ASP.NET or Windows Forms application. You can customize the registry, add file associations, and even run your own custom .NET code once the installation is complete. In this Webcast we will demonstrate how to use these features.
Presenter:
Paul D. Sheriff is the president of PDSA, Inc., Southern California's leading Microsoft .NET partner. PDSA is recognized by Microsoft as experts in .NET technology. They also design and provide customized .NET architecture & training classes. Paul is the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California, one of only 4 developers in the region that have this distinction. In addition, Paul is one of our most seasoned webcast presenters!.
Type:
MSDN WebCast (90 minutes), recording of Monday, March 22, 2004.

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Deploying Windows Forms Applications Using Visual Basic .NET

Description:
This presentation is part four of a comprehensive four-part series focused on moving existing Microsoft® Visual Basic® 6.0 applications to Visual Basic .NET. This level 200 session focuses on deploying applications created with Visual Studio® .NET, contrasting deployment issues surrounding Visual Basic 6, COM objects, and the registry with the simpler Microsoft® .NET deployment. It covers Windows Installer, Web install, packaging the .NET Framework, merge modules, and "No-touch Deployment".
Presenter:
Duncan McKenzie, MSDN
Type:
MSDN WebCast (95 minutes).

WWW Download Recording

Using the Setup and Deployment Project in Visual Studio .NET

Description:
Deploying a Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET application is greatly simplified with the VS.NET Setup and Deployment Project. Using this tool makes it very simple to deploy an ASP.NET or Windows Forms application. You can customize the registry, add file associations, and even run your own custom .NET code once the installation is complete. In this Webcast we will demonstrate how to use these features.
Presenter:
Paul D. Sheriff is the president of PDSA, Inc., Southern California's leading Microsoft .NET partner. PDSA is recognized by Microsoft as experts in .NET technology. They also design and provide customized .NET architecture & training classes. Paul is the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California, one of only 4 developers in the region that have this distinction. In addition, Paul is one of our most seasoned webcast presenters!.
Type:
MSDN WebCast (90 minutes).

WWW Recording of Feb 23, 2004

Designing .NET Applications for Deployment and Manageability

Description:
.NET Architecture Center: Windows Server 2003 - Visual Studio 2003 Architecture Track
Attend the four-session architecture track through online seminars attended by thousands at Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio 2003 launch events worldwide. The architecture track is designed for application architects, senior developers, and infrastructure professionals responsible for designing, developing, and managing enterprise systems, those interested in our technical position on IT system architectures, and those considering introducing Microsoft technologies into existing heterogeneous IT systems
Session 4: Understand how Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET address the common deployment nightmares, and the disparity in managing application, systems, and updates.
Type:
Microsoft .NET Architecture WebCast (85 minutes).

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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) Installation, Deployment, and Patching

Description:
This Support WebCast will provide information about how to create custom installation packages that include Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) by using merge modules or MSDE prepackaged Windows Installer files. This WebCast will also talk about the methods you can you to apply service packs to an existing installation.
Presentation given by:
Jerome Halmans is a SQL Server Support Engineer and has been with Microsoft for three years. Jerome is an MCDBA, and was a Database Administrator and Developer before joining Microsoft.
Thomas Carey Jr. is a SQL Server Support Engineer and has been with Microsoft for two and one-half years. Tom is an MCSE and MCDBA, and was a Database Administrator and System Administrator before joining Microsoft
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (85 minutes). Recording of May 29, 2003.

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Deploying and Managing MSDE

Description:
In this Webcast we will discuss a technical overview of the Microsoft Database Engine (MSDE) and how to use MSDE and install it. We'll discuss how to manage MSDE security as well as backing up and restoring MSDE and what to look for when upsizing to SQL Server
Presentation given by:
Blain Barton, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Rob Westover, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Type:
Microsoft TechNet Webcast (90 minutes). Recording of May 16, 2003.

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Deploying Windows Forms Applications using Visual Basic.NET

Description:
This session is Part IV of a four part series focused on moving VB applications to VB.NET. This session covers changes to deployment. The Windows Installer and No-Touch deployment are the key focus.
Presentation given by:
Bill Sheldon, Principal Engineer, Interknowlogy, LLC.
Duration:
90 minutes
Type:
MSDN WebCast (Live event scheduled on a regular basis. Recordings of December 6, 2002 and January 23, 2003 available)

WWW Visit site: Recording of Dec 6, 2002 / Recording of Jan 23, 2003 / upcoming live event

Windows Installer Planning for Software Delivery

Description:
Whether you're in the midst of a deployment or planning a migration, Windows? Installer (.MSI) deployment is in your future. Learn the key planning areas for Windows Installer deployment at Darwin's seminar. This session will cover application repackaging, recommended skills and tools, impact to current software delivery processes, network and infrastructure considerations and information about Windows Installer Training and Certification for Administrators by DesktopEngineer.com.
Presentation given by:
Darwin Sanoy, DesktopEngineer.com. Darwin is a Principal Consultant and the instructor for DesktopEngineer.com's Windows Installer for Administrators training course. He has over 10 years of experience in managing technology and 6 years working with Windows management technologies. Darwin has played key roles in enterprise-wide deployments of managed desktops and management systems, including IT process development, project management, application migration management and technical architecture. Darwin has also led initiatives to develop service products and career tracks for Windows management technologies. Additionally, Darwin is available to discuss Windows Installer Training and Certification for Administrators by DesktopEngineer.com
Type:
DesktopEngineer.com/Wise Solutions Webinar (recording of September 25, 2002).

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Microsoft .NET: Deploying Applications with .NET

Description:
During this Support WebCast, you will learn how to create packages for Microsoft .NET applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio deployment projects.
Presentation given by:
Adam Semel, Microsoft Corp. Adam Semel is a Backup Tech Lead for the Windows Installer Support team. He has been a Microsoft employee for two years. Adam is a member of the Visual Studio .NET Beta program. He has delivered more than 10 Windows Installer training sessions to customers.
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of September 19, 2002)

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Distributing Windows Installer Applications Through Microsoft Systems Management Server

Description:
During this session, you will learn how to plan your SMS infrastructure around applications that use the Windows(R) Installer technology. We will also discuss best practices for creating SMS packages that include Windows Installer installations, as well as how to troubleshoot common issues. And, finally, you will learn how to distribute application updates after the Windows Installer installation point is updated.
Presentation given by:
Rod Trent, myITforum.com. Rod manages myITforum.com, the Internet's premiere knowledge and information forum for IT professionals. The website provides IT administrators the opportunity to gain better insight about what they do by learning from other IT experts throughout the world. Through the website, myITforum.com users give tips, share insight, download utilities and tools to better assist fellow IT professionals in managing their IT enterprises.
Rich Bentley, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Type:
Wise Solutions Webinar (recording of August 28, 2002).

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Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0 Enhancements

Description:
During this Support WebCast session you will learn about the new features that have been added to the Windows Installer 2.0 engine, and the key problems in version 1.x that are fixed in version 2.0.
Presentation given by:
Erik Kupferer, Microsoft Corp. Erik has been with Microsoft over three years, bringing experience to the Windows Installer team from the Office Premier Applications support teams. He is very familiar with the inner workings of the Windows Installer engine and the .NET Deployment tool.
Duration:
78 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of August 22, 2002). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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Managing the Desktop Environment After Deployment

Description:
Session 9 looks at changing a deployment state using the Custom Maintenance Wizard for Office Features. Discussion includes Patch Management techniques with SMS and the use of the Patch Inventory Tool.
Presentation given by:
Mohammed Samji, Program Manager, Microsoft Corp.
Jason Hardester, Support Engineer, Microsoft Corp.
Duration:
60 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Desktop Deployment 2002 Web Seminars (recording of August 9, 2002).

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Windows Installer 2.0 Technology to Deploy and Manage Office XP

Description:
Session 3 provides a discussion of the Windows Installer service. We'll clarify the differences in Installer versions, and detail the benefits of Office XP Management with Installer 2.0 (native to Windows XP).
Presentation given by:
Barbara Thomas, Tech Lead Office XP Deployment, Microsoft Corp.
Duration:
51 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Desktop Deployment 2002 Web Seminars (recording of August 9, 2002).

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Application Isolation and Windows Installer

Description:
This webinar covered how .LOCAL and .NET (Manifests) isolation work. Webinar included demonstrations of both isolation technologies for traditional applications. Discussions included information on how application isolation works in Windows Installer and how the system needs to be configured to support both isolated and non-isolated applications installed on the system computer.
Presentation given by:
Darwin Sanoy, DesktopEngineer.com. Darwin is a Principal Consultant and the instructor for DesktopEngineer.com's Windows Installer for Administrators training course. He has over 10 years of experience in managing technology and 6 years working with Windows management technologies. Darwin has played key roles in enterprise-wide deployments of managed desktops and management systems, including IT process development, project management, application migration management and technical architecture. Darwin has also led initiatives to develop service products and career tracks for Windows management technologies. Additionally, Darwin is available to discuss Windows Installer Training and Certification for Administrators by DesktopEngineer.com
Jim Edwards, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Type:
DesktopEngineer.com/Wise Solutions Webinar (recording of July 10, 2002). Session material available for separate download.

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Top Ten Windows Installer Myths

Description:
Think all MSI packages are created equal? Join InstallShield experts Jeff Greenwald and Mike Byrne as they host an in-depth discussion on Windows Installer myths and debunk some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding this critical technology. "Windows Installer Top 10 Myths" will be an "interactive" webinar. Participants will be encouraged to submit questions on the topics covered as they're being discussed, allowing them to get real-time answers to their technical questions and issues. Some of the myths addressed will include the level of knowledge necessary to create reliable MSI packages, the ins and outs of repackaging software, and implementing features such as Auto-repair and Advertising. .
Presentation given by:
Mike Byrne, InstallShield Software Corp.
Jeff Greenwald, InstallShield Software Corp.
Duration:
60 minutes
Type:
SearchWin2000/TechTarget Webcast (recording of June 19, 2002).

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Follow up to the Top Ten Windows Installer Myths Webinar

Description:
This is the follow up Webinar to "Top Ten Windows Installer Myths" hosted by TechTarget/SearchWin2000 on June 19th.
Presentation given by:
Mike Byrne, InstallShield Software Corp.
Jeff Greenwald, InstallShield Software Corp.
Duration:
60 minutes
Type:
InstallShield Webinar (recording of June 26, 2002).

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Packaging applications for W2K and XP leveraging Windows Installer

Description:
Learn how to the reap the benefits of Windows Installer, Microsoft's native installation engine, when migrating your organization to Windows 2000 or XP by repackaging your existing applications. Windows Installer is a complex set of database tables that manage your installations more effectively than legacy techniques. Mike Byrne and Mat Skildum will draw on InstallShield's experience migrating thousands of applications for Fortune 500 clients to discuss this critical and highly valuable process, providing specific best practices and pointing out potential pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on how to successfully solve their migration challenges relative to Windows Installer.
Presentation given by:
Mike Byrne, Application Migration Initiatives Manager, InstallShield Software Corp.
Mat Skildum, Senior Consultant for InstallShield
Duration:
60 minutes
Type:
TechTarget Webcast (recording of May 2, 2002).

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Migrating Applications for Windows 2000 and XP

Description:
Learn how to incorporate the latest Windows management technologies, validate applications and use industry best practices to reduce desktop management costs and maximize productivity.
Presentation given by:
Mike Grueber, Product Manager, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Rich Bentley, Strategic Market Manager, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Type:
SearchWin2000 Webcast (recording of March 26, 2002).

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Microsoft Data Engine: Deploying and Troubleshooting MSDE 2.0

Description:
During this WebCast, we will introduce Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 2.0, discuss its features, and talk about the benefits of using it. We will then focus on different ways to deploy MSDE 2.0 and the common issues you may encounter when you deploy it. The session will also include ideas and suggestions about how to troubleshoot the most common problems relating to MSDE 2.0 setup.
Presentation given by:
Ananth Padmanabham, Microsoft Corp. Ananth has been involved with Microsoft SQL Server since November 1998, starting with version 6.5. He is a Developer Support Professional in the SQL Server Database team, and is a PSS SQL Support Professional. He has a master's degree in Computer Science, and both the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator certifications.
Yinn Wong, Microsoft Corp. Yinn joined Microsoft as a SQL Server Support Professional in January 2000. She has been with PSS SQL Server during the release of SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 2000, and has worked on a variety of SQL Server issues. Yinn has a master's degree in Computer Science (specialized in the database field), and both the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certifications.
Duration:
100 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of February 14, 2002). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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Windows Installer Exposed

Description:
This Real Time Vendor Connection offers an overview of Windows Installer for sys admins, explaining the differences between a Windows Installer package and traditional script-based installs.
Presentation given by:
Mike Grueber, Product Manager, Wise Solutions, Inc.
Type:
SearchWin2000 Webcast (recording of November 8, 2001).

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Repackaging Applications to Support the Windows Installer Service

Description:
Installer packages offer many benefits over traditional installation packages, including install-on-demand, self-healing, and a transactional install. Installer packages can also be assigned and published in the Active Directory. This session will show how to repackage a traditional application install as an installer package, and take advantage of the benefits that installer packages offer.
Presentation given by:
Scott Swigart; 3 Leaf Solutions, LLC
Duration:
52 minutes
Type:
Microsoft TechNet Online Seminar (recording of September 19, 2000).

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Microsoft Windows Installer Patching

Description:
This presentation will be an in-depth discussion of the patching technology provided with the Windows Installer. It will discuss the ways you can create patches and address some of the known issues that customers may encounter.
Presentation given by:
Katie Parker, Microsoft Corp. Katie Parker joined Microsoft as a Developer Support Professional in July 1998. She has been involved with Windows Installer since the Windows Installer version 1.0 Beta. Katie currently works in Developer Support as the Windows Installer Product Lead.
Duration:
32 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of September 8, 2000). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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An Introduction to the Visual Studio Installer

Description:
This Support WebCast will be an introduction to the Visual Studio Installer authoring tool. We will discuss how to perform a simple installation using two methods: from scratch and by importing a Visual Basic project. We will also cover how to author the setup package for COM-based applications, and we will answer some frequently asked questions.
Presentation given by:
Mark Lathrope, Microsoft Corp. Mark is the Developer Support Product Liaison for the Windows Installer and Visual Studio Installer authoring tools. Mark has been with Microsoft for 8.5 years: 5 years in End User and Developer Support and 3.5 years in the Office Test group.
Duration:
34 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of August 10, 2000). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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Software Deployment with Windows® 2000 IntelliMirror® and SMS

Description:
Software management involves three phases. In Phase I we prepare software packages. We either obtain native installer packages or use scripting methods. In Phase II we distribute these script files and the source files to software distribution points. Finally, in Phase III we target client computers.
Presentation given by:
Greg Bulette, Program Manager, Business and Enterprise Training, Microsoft Corp.
Duration:
44 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Web Seminar (recording of April 20, 2000). Transcript available for separate download.

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Overcoming DLL Hell

Description:
This session will explain how you can use the DLL Universal Problem Solver tool (also called the DUPS tool) to find and fix issues that occur when your DLL file versions conflict. These are also known as "DLL Hell" problems. The DUPS package is a set of utilities that you can use to track and compare DLL versions on multiple Windows-based computers.
Presentation given by:
Rick Anderson, Microsoft Corp. Rick works in the VC/VJ Database support team as a Support Professional. He also writes debugging tools and MSDN articles.
Duration:
27 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of March 23, 2000). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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Upgrading Windows Installer Based Applications

Description:
This session will present information about upgrading Windows Installer-based applications and upgrading legacy applications.
Presentation given by:
Mark Lathrope, Microsoft Corp. Mark is the Developer Support Product Liaison for the Windows Installer and Visual Studio Installer authoring tools. Mark has been with Microsoft for 8.5 years: 5 years in End User and Developer Support and 3.5 years in the Office Test group.
Duration:
39 minutes
Type:
Microsoft Support WebCast (recording of February 15, 2000). PowerPoint Presentation and Transcript available for separate download.

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