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InstallSite Newsletter 5/2004


GERMAN Deutscher Text siehe unten


2004-08-05 Bugs in MSI Runtime updated
2004-08-05 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2004-08-02 Dissecting a Windows Installer Setup
2004-08-02 Added MSIDIFF to MSI Database Viewers
2004-07-21 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2004-07-20 Administrator Shortcut Guide to Patch Management added to books page
2004-07-19 Crystal Reports 9 and 10 added to merge Modules List
2004-07-13 Chat Log of July 13 Windows Installer chat
2004-07-12 Added links to 3 Technical Articles about ClickOnce
2004-07-12 Bootstrapper Manifest Generator for ClickOnce
2004-07-09 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2004-07-07 Windows Installer Authoring Tools page updated
2004-06-02 Next Windows Installer Chat is on July 13
2004-07-06 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2004-07-02 MSDN Magazine Article about ClickOnce
2004-06-30 MSI Tools Comparison Chart updated
2004-06-30 Windows Installer Authoring Tools page updated
2004-06-24 Programming Billboards and Progress Bars updated
2004-06-24 Windows Installer Authoring Tools page updated
2004-06-24 MSI Tools for System Administrators page updated


Novell ZENworks with AdminStudio and Linux Support

Novell announced the availability of Novell® ZENworks® 6.5, which allows organizations to consolidate the management of their IT resources and reduce the costs of managing their environment throughout the entire business lifecycle of desktops, laptops, servers and handhelds.
Novell ZENworks 6.5 now includes ZENworks Linux* Management (formerly Ximian® Red Carpet Enterprise™) to provide secure, scalable and centralized management of SUSE® LINUX and Red Hat Linux server and desktop systems.
A special edition of InstallShield's AdminStudio* provides automation of software packaging, customization and quality assurance to ensure reliable applications for enterprise use. The AdminStudio ZENworks Edition distribution wizard tightly integrates with ZENworks to automatically create application objects for easy distribution of software packages.
Apparently this means that Novell has ended their partnership ( which they had with Wise Solutions ( and instead are now cooperating with InstallShield. This comes as no suprise since Wise is now owned by Altiris, a direct competitor to Novell.

Press releases:

InstallShield X Express Released

InstallShield® Software Corporation announced InstallShield X Express Edition, the very first entry-level product to include the ability to create installations that will run on both Windows and Linux. The new Express Edition, now a member of the InstallShield X product family, also features a new compact installer to create setups with minimal overhead, the ability to notify users of application updates, and exclusive support for all Windows platforms, Linux, and Palm™ handheld devices.
InstallSite Shop offers the full version of InstallShield X Express at 75 EUR off the regular price. This introductory offer ends August 30, 2004.

Definitive Guide to Windows Installer now shipping

The book "The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer" by Phil Wilson is now shipping (I think is has been available in USA for a while, but now it's also shipping in Europe).
It is an introduction to MSI technology and includes some practical tips. It's primarily using Visual Studio .NET and Orca as tools.

AdvancedInstaller 1.7 Released

Caphyon LLC released a new version of their Windows Installer authoring tool AdvancedInstaller. Version 1.7 adds the ability to control in detail the organization of your Windows Installer package by creating and controlling features, selecting the components to be included in each feature and specifying attributes for both features and components. The new version also can recursively add registry keys and includes bugfixes.

Zero G Released InstallAnywhere .NET

Zero G Software, a leading provider of Java based multi platform installation tools, announced the availability of InstallAnywhere.NET. It creates MSI setups using Microsoft's Windows Installer technology. In December 2003 Zero G had acquired ActiveInstall and transformed the product into InstallAnywhere .NET. ActiveInstall was originally written by Michael Sanford, one of the Microsoft Windows Installer MVPs. Michael joined Zero G with the acquisition, but in the meantime has left the company.

Ghost Installer has a new owner

The Ghost Installer product used to be created and sold by gInstall Corp., a company based in Germany. Since around June 16 the URL redirects to, the web site of US-based Ethalone Solutions, Inc., who are now offering the product. There is very little information about what has happended behind the scenes. It was also said that the "People are partially new, and partially the same".
At the same time, Ethalone Solutions released the new version 4.0 of Ghost Installer, however without MSI support, which had been announced for version 4. Ethalone Solutions said that MSI support is now planned for version 5.0.

Service Pack 1 for InstallShield X available

InstallShield has released Service Pack 1 for the English verison of InstallShield X. It fixes a couple of problems for MSI and InstallScript projects, no changes for Universal projects.

In addition to publishing the service pack via the Update Service (Tools > Check for Updates) InstallShield is also making it available for direct download:

Release notes (scroll down to section "Bug Fixes SP1 July 21, 2004"):

Hotfix for InstallShield Developer 8/9

InstallShield released a hotfix to address the hanging of setups on Windows Server 2003. It fixes a bug that was introduced with InstallShield Developer 8.02. It only applies to the "InstallScript MSI" project type. The fix is available for Developer 8.02 and DevStudio 9.01.

New XML based installation standard proposed

An IBM-led group of companies has proposed a standard aimed at ironing out configuration problems in the installation of applications on business networks.
The XML-based specification, known as the Solution Installation for Autonomic Computing, was written by IBM, Novell, and installation software companies InstallShield Software and Zero G Software. IBM said the group's submission of the specification was accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, Thursday.
The specification is an XML-based document format that defines the software needed to run an application. When a developer writes the installation part of a business program, he or she will be able to outline what other software is required on the network. It is meant to prevent the configuration problems that can occur when a company installs or updates a business application in complex computing environments.
For example, an update to an insurance claims-processing application could require specific versions of a Web server or a certain hardware server configuration. Solution Installation tools can spot and sort out any problems automatically, instead of leaving them to be dealt with by an administrator, IBM said.

InstallShield and Zero G Announce Products for IBM Solution Installation

Macrovision® Corporation announced the public beta program for its new product line, InstallShield for IBM Solution Installation. This new functionality was developed in partnership between InstallShield and IBM to provide a common approach to software packaging that will allow developers to more efficiently deploy and maintain their applications across a wide variety of platforms.
Zero G Introduces SolutionArchitect, Enabling a Dramatic Improvement in Enterprise Software Deployment. SolutionArchitect is a software installation and configuration solution for building ready-to-deploy software packages using the new Solution Installation packaging standard.

InstallShield beta program

Zero G early access program

InstallShield Training in Europe and Australia

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 day course. English)
Sep 7-10, 2004 in London (UK)
Sep 14-17, 2004 in Paris (FR)
Sep 14-17, 2004 in Naarden (NL)
Oct 19-22, 2004 in Bristol (UK)
Nov 1-4, 2004 in Sydney (AU)
Nov 15-18, 2004 in Melbourne (AU)

MSI Projects with InstallShield X (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Aug 31-Sep 3, 2004 in Bristol (UK)
Sep 6-9, 2004 in Melbourne (AU)
Sep 7-10, 2004 in Naarden (NL)
Sep 7-10, 2004 in Paris (FR)
Sep 20-23, 2004 in Sydney (AU)
Sep 21-24, 2004 in Saronno (IT)
Oct 26-29, 2004 in London (UK)

Online On-Demand Training:
Learning Windows Installer (MSI) Technology
Avoiding MSI Pitfalls - Tips, Tricks, and New Concepts
Designing and Deploying MSI Updates and Patches

For details about these courses and booking information go to

Courses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland see below.


"Definitive Guide to Windows Installer" lieferbar

Das Buch "The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer" von Phil Wilson ist jetzt lieferbar. Es gibt eine Einführung in die MSI Technologie und enthält einige praktische Tips. Als Tools werden in erster Linie Visual Studio .NET und Orca eingesetzt.

InstallShield erweitert Support-Angebot für Europa

InstallShield erweitert die Zeiten für Telefon-Support in Europa. Kunden mit Support- oder Maintenance-Verträgen der Stufen Silber oder Gold (nur in diesen ist Telefon-Support enthalten) erreichen die Hotline ab sofort von 10:00 bis 24:00 Uhr (Mitteleuropäische Zeit).
Bis 31. August gibt es im InstallSite Shop 200 € Preisnachlass beim Abschluss eines Gold-Vertrages und 100 € beim Abschluss eines Silber-Vertrages für InstallShield X (Premier, Professional oder Express). Die Verträge sind als reine Support-Verträge oder als Maintenance Plan (Support + Software-Updates für 1 Jahr) erhältlich.

InstallShield X Express auch in deutsch lieferbar

Die deutsche Version von InstallShield X Express ist jetzt ebenfalls verfügbar. Damit ist auch die Express Edition in die InstallShield X Produktfamilie eingegliedert. Deshalb kann Express nicht nur Windows Installer (MSI) basierende Setups erstellen, sondern auch Installationen für Windows Mobile, Palm OS und Linux.
Auch die Starter Edition des InstallShield Update Service ist enthalten. Damit können Endanwender automatisch über neue Updates informiert werden, ähnlich wie bei Windows Update, und zwar ohne zusätzliche Lizenzkosten.
InstallShield X Express enthält jetzt auch einen neuen Compact Installer für Setups mit minimalem Overhead.
Bis 3. September gilt im InstallSite Shop ein Einführungsrabatt von 75 € für die deutsche Vollversion von InstallShield X Express

Schulungen in Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage)
07.-10.09.2004 in Berlin (DE)
14.-17.09.2004 in Ulm (DE)
19.-22.10.2004 in Linz (AT)
26.-29.10.2004 in Bern (CH)
09.-12.11.2004 in Ulm (DE)

MSI Projekte mit InstallShield X (4 Tage)
10.-13.08.2004 in Ulm (DE)
05.-08.10.2004 in Ulm (DE)
02.-05.11.2004 in Hamburg (DE)
16.-19.11.2004 in Bern (CH)
23.-26.11.2004 in Linz (AT)

InstallScript mit InstallShield X (4 Tage)
17.-20.08.2004 in Ulm (DE)
12.-15.10.2004 in Ulm (DE)

Online Training auf Abruf:
Learning Windows Installer (MSI) Technology
Avoiding MSI Pitfalls - Tips, Tricks, and New Concepts
Designing and Deploying MSI Updates and Patches

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

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