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AdminStudio Basic Packaging

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This 4-day interactive training covers key design and diagnostic concepts and applies them to your packaging situation. Attendees can bring a "problem" application you are struggling to package. During this training you will receive new skills to create more stable and reliable packages. A complete introduction to conflict detection and resolution using new techniques from the makers of AdminStudio. After completing the 4-day training course, you will be ready to take the Flexera Software Certified Professional certification test. This certification is not required and scheduled on the Friday morning AFTER the 4-day class.

Quotes from former students:

"I've attended a "different" AdminStudio course before with company XWZ. However the instructor did not know the AdminStudio product, Windows Installer technology or application packaging proces. Leaving too much ground uncovered and questions unanswered. I am glad I took this real class with PDS which helps me to do my job in a pragmatic and professional way". 
"Great instructor, well explained, good examples and drive to help me succeed". 

In this course, you will also gain experience in creating transforms for existing third-party MSI packages and identifying and resolving conflicts between packages before deploying your applications. Application Packaging Using AdminStudio brings your staff up to speed not only on AdminStudio functionality but also on application readiness best practices. This four-day, instructor-led course uses real-world examples and hands-on exercises to help participants gain proficiency with AdminStudio. You will be ready to take the the official AdminStudio certification through www.crtfy.com. This certification is not required and scheduled on the Friday morning AFTER the 4-day class. The certification can be refreshed after 2 years at 499 EUR per student.


In this class you will learn:

  • How to prepare your development systems, test systems and documentation for the application-migration process
  • How to use AdminStudio's Repackager to convert traditional setups to Windows Installer setups
  • How to enhance and customize repackaged setups and to correct validation errors
  • How to use AdminStudio's ConflictSolver to identify and resolve potential conflicts between Windows Installer setups before deployment into your desktop environment
  • How to use AdminStudio's Tuner to customize the installation of existing Windows Installer setups—such as third-party installations—to meet your company-specific requirements
  • How to use AdminStudio's Process Template Editor to create Process Assistants - projects to track and manage pre-deployment processes
  • How to virtualize Applications to Microsoft's App-V, VMWare ThinApp or Citrix XenApp.
  • How to check your application for Windows-platform Compatibility

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.)

Certification included in this course:

After completing this course, you will be ready to take the Flexera Certified Professional certification tests to receive a 2-year valid worldwide recognized expertise certificate.

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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 class.   

Introduction and Overview 

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

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 DataCreating Custom Actions
  • INI Files
  • Environment Variables
  • Per-Application Paths
  • Conditions
  • Building Releases
  • Validating the MSI Package
  • Creating Templates

Advanced Editor Topics  

  • Searching for Files
  • 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

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