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InstallSite Newsletter 5/2003



2003-05-12 Windows Installer Technical Articles added (English/German)
2003-05-10 Windows Installer Chats updated
2003-05-09 Modify Setup.ini Inside Setup.exe updated
2003-05-09 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8
2003-05-06 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8
2003-05-05 C# Wrapper for MSI.DLL
2003-05-05 Windows Installer Tools for System Administrators updated
2003-04-29 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8
2003-04-29 InstallSite Newsfeed
2003-04-27 Windows Installer Authoring Tools comparison table updated
2003-04-04 Bugs Bulletin updated for InstallShield Professional 5.x
2003-04-04 Windows Installer Chats updated
2003-04-04 Windows Installer Authoring Tools list updated
2003-04-03 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8
2003-03-25 MSI Authoring Tools Comparison Chart updated
2003-03-25 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8 SP1


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MSDN Releases RSS Feeds

The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) has recently released RSS feeds. Currently, the following channels are available:

Microsoft plans to add more channels in the future. For more information see

Microsoft Nominates Three MVPs for Windows Installer

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is an annual award that is given to outstanding members of Microsoft's peer-to-peer communities. There are more than thousand MVPs for various Microsoft technologies. In 2003 for the first time Microsoft nominated three MVPs for the Windows Installer category:

InstallShield Developer and Professional Promotion

Currently you can order the full versions of InstallShield Developer and InstallShield Professional at 200 EUR off the regular price in the InstallSite Online Shop. The discount for upgrades and subscriptions is 100 EUR. To take advantage of this discount your order must be received before June 30. This is a direct discount, not a mail-in rebate.
Hint: if you already own the current version of Developer or Professional, you can still use this offer. Order a subscription at the discounted price and you'll receive free upgrades for 12 months (Should there be no paid upgrade during your subscription period, your subscription will automatically be extended.) The subscription also includes your languages packs, at no additional cost.

WinINSTALL LE 2003 Released

OnDemand Software has just released the newest version of its WinINSTALL LE product. The previous version shipped with Windows 2000 Server as a free add-on. The new version didn't make it in time for the Windows 2003 Server CD, but is now available as free download.
WinInstall was originally developed by OnDemand Software, later acquired by Seagate/Veritas, and finally returned to OnDemand Sofwtare last year.
Both new users and those who have relied on WinINSTALL LE in the past can now download WinINSTALL LE 2003 for their NO-COST solution to creating and editing MSI packages. For those with more complex requirements, OnDemand also provides a complete software packaging and distribution solution, as well as a professional MSI packager edition.

June 5: Windows Installer Chat - General Discussion

The next Windows Installer chat hosted by Microsoft will take place on June 5, 2003. 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.

New Windows Installer e-book chapters available

Chapters 5 and 6 of the free e-book "The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer for System Administrators" by Darwin Sanoy and Jeremy Moskowitz is now available:

This book is published on a chapter-by-chapter basis by It's sponsored by Wise Solutions, Inc. and can be downloaded free of charge (registration required).

InstallShield launches Support Site for End Users

InstallShield Consumer Central is a resource for software users to find solutions to common installation problems. InstallShield, as a company, does not build consumer's installations, but does provide this resource as a courtesy to their customer's customers.

InstallShield Developer 8 Service Packs 1 & 2

The first service pack for InstallShield Developer 8 includes several bugs fixes and also brings some great new features:

The serivce pack is available free of charge for users of Developer 8.0. To obtain the new version select "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu.

The second service pack adds full support for .NET Framework version 1.1 and fixes some bugs that had been introduced with service pack 1. Service pack 2 requires that Developer 8 SP1 be previously installed and is recommended for all users of Developer 8. The serivce pack is available free of charge for users of Developer 8.0. To obtain the service pack "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu.

VMware Workstation 4 Released

Virtual machines are a great alternative to disk imaging software, and indispensible for software and setup tests on various operating systems, repackaging on clean machines, help desks. VMware now have released a new version of their Workstation product, bringing it up to time with the latest operating systems, and adding several useful improvements. New features include:

VMware Workstation is available in two editions: for Windows hosts and for Linux hosts. Upgrade pricing is available. Users who bought VMware Workstation 3.2 after February 19, 2003 are entitled to a free update.

InstallShield AdminStudio 5 Released

InstallShield's solution for system administrators has been updated and improved significantly. It now comes in three levels: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Server. Some of the new features (some of which are not available in each edition):

InstallShield Training in Europe and Australia

InstallShield AdminStudio (5 day workshop. English)
Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2003 in London (UK)

InstallShield Developer (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Jun 3 - Jun 6, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Jun 17 - Jun 20, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Jun 17 - Jun 20, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Jul 8 - Jul 11, 2003 in London (UK)
Jul 29 - Aug 1, 2003 in Melbourne (AU)

Making Sense of Windows Installer (1 day seminar. English, French)
Jun 2, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Jun 16, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Jun 16, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Jul 7, 2003 in London (UK)
Jul 28, 2003 in Melbourrne (AU)

Courses in Germany and Austria see below. For details about these courses and booking information go to


Aktionsangebote InstallShield Developer und Professional

Die Vollversionen von InstallShield Developer und InstallShield Professional werden im InstallSite Shop um 200 € unter dem regulären Preis angeboten. Für Upgrades und Abonnements beträgt der Preisnachlass 100 €. Das Angebot is befristet bis 30. Juni (Datum des Bestelleingangs). Es handelt sich diesmal um einen direkten Preisnachlass, nicht um einen Mail-In-Rabatt.
Tip: Wenn Sie bereits die aktuelle Version von Developer oder Professional besitzen, dann können Sie sich über ein Abonnement den günstigen Upgrade-Preis für ein ganzes Jahr sichern. Nach dem Kauf des Abonnements erhalten Sie für 12 Monate alle Upgrades kostenlos. (Sollte innerhalb der Laufzeit kein kostenpflichtiges Upgrade veröffentlicht werden, verlängert sich das Abo entsprechend.) Das Abonnement schließt ohne Zusatzkosten auch Ihre Sprachpakete mit ein.

InstallShield Professional Umsteigerkurs

Für Entwickler, die bereits Erfahrung mit InstallShield Professional 5.x bzw. 6.x gesammelt haben und jetzt auf InstallShield Professional 7 umsteigen, wird jetzt eine auf 2 Tage gekürzte Schulung angeboten. Dabei werden die Änderunegn in der IDE, das ereignis-gesteuerte Skriptmodell, neue Funktionalität wie .NET Unsterstützung und Update-Installationen behandelt, sowie die Umstellung von vorhandenen Projekten auf die neue Version. Es fehlen dagegen Themen wie Installations-Grundlagen, Einführung in InstallScript, und andere Bereich, in denen sich keine wesentlichen Änderungen ergeben. Für Anfänger gibt es auch weiterhin den vollständigen 4-Tages-Kurs. Für dieses Jahr sind die folgenden Termine geplant:

Veranstalter der Kurse ist SD-Technologies, ein offizieller Trainings-Partner von InstallShield.

Microsoft ernennt drei MVPs für Windows Installer

Die Auszeichnung "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) wird jährlich von Microsoft an ausgewählte Personen vergeben, die über einen längeren Zeitraum in den öffentlichen Microsoft-Newsgroups besonders aktiv sind. Es gibt mehr als tausend MVPs für die verschiedenen Microsoft Technologies. In diesem Jahr hat Microsoft erstmals drei MVPs in der Kategorie Windows Installer nominiert:

VMware Updates von Version 2 auf 4 nur noch begrenzt möglich

Die Upgrade-Politik von VMware erlaubt es normalerweise nicht, Versionen zu überspringen. So müssten Besitzer von VMware Workstation 2.0 eigentlich den vollen Preis für die neue Version 4.0 zahlen. Ein (sehr viel billigeres) Upgrade ist nur von Version 3.x möglich. So lange der Vorrat reicht besteht jedoch im InstallSite Shop die Möglichkeit, auch von Version 2.0 umzusteigen. Dazu wird ein Paket angeboten, dass ein Upgrade von Version 2 auf 3 und ein weiteres Upgrade von 3 auf 4 enthält. Dieses Paket kostet zwar etwas mehr als das reguläre Upgrade, ist aber trotzdem deutlich billiger als die Vollversion. Allerdings kann nur eine begrenzte Anzahl dieser Pakete geliefert werden, da es sich um einen Restposten handelt.

Deutsches Service Pack für InstallShield Developer 8

InstallShield hat das erste Service Pack für die deutsche Ausgabe von Developer 8 freigegeben. Es enthält die Updates aus den beiden englischen Service Packs 1 und 2, unter anderem:

Das Service Pack wird für alle Anwender von Developer 8 German empfohlen und ist kostenlos erhältlich. Um das Service Pack herunter zu laden wählen Sie "Check for Updates" vom Tools Menü.

Deutsche Windows Installer Bücher

Das Buch "Erste Schritte mit InstallShield Developer und Windows Installer Setups" von Bob Baker ist leider immer noch nicht verfügbar. es soll aber Ende Mai in Druck gehen.
Microsoft Press gibt für das Buch "Inside Windows Installer" dem 13. Juni als Erscheinungstermin an.
Aktuelle Informationen und Vorbestellung für beide Bücher unter

Schulungen in Deutschland und Österreich

Windows Installer Einführung (1 Tag)
23.06.2003 in Hamburg (DE)
11.08.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage)
24.-27.06.2003 in Ulm (DE)
08.-11.07.2003 in Linz (AT)

Windows Installer Repacketierung (4 Tage)
13.-16.06.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Developer (4 Tage)
24.-27.06.2003 in Hamburg (DE)
12.-15.08.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Professional (4 Tage)
01.-04.07.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Professional Umsteiger-Kurs (2 Tage)
17.-18.06.2003 in Ulm (DE)

Informationen zu Terminen, verfügbaren Plätzen, Gruppenrabatten, Schulungsunterlagen und Buchungsmöglichkeit finden Sie unter

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