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InstallSite Newsletter 11/2003

NEWS FROM INSTALLSITE.ORG --- November 13, 2003


2003-11-12 Automatically Reboot Windows
2003-11-08 Windows Installer Authoring Tools updated
2003-11-01 MSI Books and General Setup Books updated

LoadLib checks dependencies and self registration


RegSpy updated


Updated license information for InCtrl5

2003-10-27 GERMAN GERMAN: Deutscher Windows Installer Chat

Generate Report from MSI File

2003-10-11 The Story of Orca by Rob Mensching
2003-10-11 Rob Mensching's View of Windows Installer
2003-10-11 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISDev 8 and DevStudio 9
2003-10-03 Darwin Transform and Its Application in Windows Installer Custom Actions
2003-10-03 MSDE Bug list updated


MSI Updating and Patching Seminar in Europe

The 1-day seminar "Designing and Deploying MSI Updates and Patches" is now coming to Europe in November and December. It describes update types, patch generation and validation, explains troubleshooting and logging methods, and discusses automatic update distribution.
  Nov 17, 2003 in Bristol (UK)
  Nov 18, 2003 in London (UK)
  Nov 21, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
  Dec 1, 2003 in Munich (DE)
  Dec 2, 2003 in Frankfurt (DE)
  Dec 5, 2003 in Copenhagan (DK)
The seminars in Germany will be held in German language, all others in English.

InstallShield Express 5

InstallShield has released a new version of Express, their tool for quick and easy installations. New and improved features include:

As an introdutory offer, a mail-in rebate ($100/€100 for full product, $50/€50 for upgrade) is available until December 31, 2003.

Microsoft Announces new non-MSI Installation Technology

On this year's Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2003) in Los Angeles, Microsoft presented a new installation technology code named "ClickOnce". It is not based on Windows Installer (MSI), but it also doesn't replace MSI.
From what I understand so far, ClickOnce is basically the fulfillment of Microsoft's promise of "XCopy Deployment" for .NET applications, with a friendly user interface.
ClickOnce is a set of functionality in the next version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET (code name "Whidbey") and the Microsoft® .NET Framework. Extended support for ClickOnce will be included in the next version of Windows (code name "Longhorn").
ClickOnce applications can be deployed to a client machine from a Web location, a UNC share, or even from a file location such as a CD. Your application will run inside a security "sandbox", and ClickOnce installations cannot directly change the target machine configuration (except creating a shortcut on the Start menu).
If you need an install that impacts the client machine (to create file associations, install MSDE, or perform other similar actions) then you still have to handle that side of the installation through an .MSI file. Of course, everything you do outside of the regular ClickOnce deployment process can reduce the ClickOnce functionality. Also, the .NET Framework is required on the target machine.

InstallShield announced (and showcased on PDC) that their DevStudio tool will integrate in Visual Studio "Whidbey" and will support ClickOnce, allowing developers to customize ClickOnce deployments in several ways.
InstallShield Press Release

InstallShield Training in Europe

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 day course. English)
Dec 9 - Dec 12, 2003 in Naarden (NL)

MSI Projects with DevStudio (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Dec 2 - Dec 5, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Dec 2 - Dec 5, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Dec 9 - Dec 12, 2003 in Bristol (UK)

InstallScript Projects with DevStudio (4 day course. English, French)
Dec 2 - Dec 5, 2003 in Bristol (UK)

Making Sense of Windows Installer (1 day seminar. English, French)
Dec 1, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Dec 1, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Dec 8, 2003 in Bristol (UK)

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


InstallShield DevStudio 9 und Express 5 in Deutsch

Die neuen Versionen von DevStudio und Express sind nun auch in deutsch erhältlich.

DevStudio ist eine Lösung zum Erstellen von Installationen für alle Windows-Plattformen. Es kann Setups mit Windows Installer (MSI), InstallScript (ohne MSI), sowie Smart Device Installationen erzeugen. Und das alles in einer gemeinsamen, einfach zu bedienenden Entwicklungsumgebung.
DevStudio 9 enthält die Fähigkeiten von InstallShield Developer und InstallShield Professional und kann in die Entwicklungsumgebung von Visual Studio .NET integriert werden.

Express ist der "kleine Bruder" von DevStudio und ist für schnelle und einfache Installationen gedacht.

Für beide Produkte gibt es eine Einführungsaktion, die bis 31. Dezember 2003 läuft.

Schulungen in Deutschland

Erstellen und Verteilen von MSI Updates und Patches (1 Tag)
01.12.2003 in München
02.12.2003 in Frankfurt

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage)
.-05.12.2003 in Ulm (DE)

MSI Projekte mit InstallShield DevStudio (4 Tage)
.-12.12.2003 in Ulm (DE)
16.-19.12.2003 in Hamburg (DE)

Windows Installer Einführung (1 Tag)
15.12.2003 in Hamburg (DE)

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

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