Application Packaging using AdminStudio
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AdminStudio Course Overview

The AdminStudio application packaging training course will teach you to use AdminStudio to repackage traditional setups into Windows Installer packages and customize those packages to meet specific needs. Learn application packaging best practices and much more.

In this application packaging training course, you will also gain experience in creating transforms for existing third-party MSI packages and running Test Center tests against your MSIs before deploying them.

Course Objectives

In this class you will learn:

  • How to prepare your development systems, test systems and documentation for the application packaging process
  • How to use AdminStudio's Repackager to convert traditional setups to Windows Installer setups and virtual applications
  • How to enhance and customize repackaged setups using the InstallShield Editor and to correct validation errors
  • How to use AdminStudio's Test Center to identify and resolve potential best practice errors, compatibility errors, and conflicts
  • How to use AdminStudio's Tuner to customize the installation of existing Windows Installer setups——to meet your company-specific requirements
  • How to create and apply templates that contain site specific customizations that your want applied to your repackaged setups or vendor MSIs.

Course Prerequisites

Previous AdminStudio experience is not required; however, you should be comfortable with the following:

  • Using Windows Explorer and the command prompt to create and manage files and run executables
  • Basic Windows terminology (e.g. DLL, Control Panel, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of the Windows registry

Course Delivery

The following course sections and topics will be covered in the class. If you have a specific area that you think might need extra attention, mention it to your instructor on the first day of application packaging training.

Introduction and Overview

  • AdminStudio Tools
  • Overview of the Application Packaging Process
  • Windows Installer Background
  • Features and Benefits of Windows Installer
  • Format of a Windows Installer Installation
  • Windows Installer Concepts and Terminology

Preparing for Application Packaging

  • Creating the Storage Structure
  • Defining Standard Images
  • Project Documentation
  • Installing the Repackager on Your Repackaging Image
  • Global Exclusion Lists

Application Repackaging

  • Repackager Best Practices
  • Using the Repackager Interface
  • Repackager Interface-Tools Menu
  • The Repackaging Wizard
  • Using Installation Monitoring to Repackage an Application
  • Using Snapshot Mode to Repackage an Application
  • Repackager Output
  • Reviewing the Repackaged Data
  • Working with Repackaging Projects

Testing the Repackaged Installation

  • Running MSI Installations
  • Testing Guidelines
  • Commonly Performed Tests

InstallShield Editor

  • Overview
  • Setting Editor Options
  • General Information
  • Working with Application Data
  • Path Variables
  • Shortcuts
  • Registry Data
  • INI Files
  • Environment Variables
  • Per-Application Paths
  • Conditions
  • Building Releases
  • Validating the MSI Package
  • Creating Templates

Advanced Editor Topics

  • Searching for Data on Target Machines
  • Direct Editor
  • Handling Locked-Down Environments
  • COM Registration

Custom Actions

  • Windows Installer Sequences
  • Custom Action Scheduling Options
  • The Custom Actions and Sequences View
  • Common Custom Action Types
  • Creating Custom Actions

Creating a Windows Installer Transform

  • Introduction to Tuner
  • Creating a Response Transform
  • Editing the Transform Using Tuner
  • Applying a Transform
  • Using the InstallShield Editor to Create a Customized Transform Template (Generic MST)
  • When to Use the Tuner versus the Editor to Create or Modify a Transform

Application Management

  • Application Catalog
  • Importing Merge Modules
  • Working with Groups to Organize the Application Catalog
  • Creating and Importing OS Snapshots
  • Importing Windows Installer and Virtual Packages

Test Center

  • Overview of Best Practice Rules
  • Overview of Using the Conflict Wizard
  • Testing for Application Compatibility Overview

Upgrading Products

  • Preparing for Major Upgrades
  • Defining the Upgrade Settings
  • Deploying a Major Upgrade

Additional Topics That May be Covered If Time Allows

  • Introduction to the Automated Application Converter
  • Introduction to Using InstallShield Editor to Create Virtual Applications