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AdminStudio Training

Repackaging and Migration Workshop

This AdminStudio - Repackaging and Migration Workshop training course will teach you to use AdminStudio 2020 to repackage traditional setups into Windows Installer packages and customise those packages to meet specific needs.

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.


In this class you will learn:
  • How the Windows OS supports and interacts with Windows Installer (.msi) packages.
  • How to prepare your development & test/clean systems and documentation for the application repackaging and migration process.
  • How to use AdminStudio's Repackager to convert traditional setups to Windows Installer (.msi) format.
  • How to enhance and customise repackaged setups and to correct validation errors
  • How to use AdminStudio's Application Catalogue and TestCenter to identify and resolve potential conflicts between packages and OS SOE's before deployment into your desktop environment.
  • How to use AdminStudio's Tuner to customise the installation of existing Windows Installer setups — such as third-party installations — to meet your company-specific requirements.
  • How to use AdminStudio's Application Virtualisation features to simply convert a suitable .msi directly to an App-V package.

Award on Completion

  • Each student receives a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course.
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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.)

Course Duration & Delivery

  • 4 Days. This course is delivered over 4 consecutive days.
  • Instructor-lead practical training with PC's, software and training manuals.

Course Detail

Introduction and Overview
  • Windows Installer Background
  • Features and Benefits of Windows Installer
  • Format of a Windows Installer Installation
  • Windows Installer Concepts and Terminology
  • Windows OS Services and Features that support and control Windows Installer technology
  • How Self Repair works (What triggers/controls it and the Registry and File system artefacts involved)
  • Advertising and Elevated Privileges
  • AdminStudio Tools
  • Overview of the Application Migration Process
  • Identifying Vendors Supplied Package types and their format (Setup.exe wrappers on .msi)
Microsoft Windows Installer - Best Practices
  • Understanding Windows Installer Best Practices
  • How Best Practices are enforced by AdminStudio tools
Preparing for Application Migration
  • Creating the Storage Structure
  • Defining Your Standard Images
  • Project Documentation
  • Copying Repackager to a Network Drive
  • Global Exclusion Lists
  • Determining if an installation needs to be Repackaged or if it's contents include an .msi(s) which can be used
  • Preparing Workflow Templates and Projects
  • Repackager Best Practices
  • Using the Repackager IDE
  • Repackager IDE Tools Menu
  • Using Installation Monitoring to Repackage an Application
  • Repackager Output
  • Reviewing the Repackaged Data
  • Running Repackager In Snapshot Mode
  • Introduction to the AdminStudio Virtualisation Package
  • Converting a Windows Installer Package to Microsoft App-V
Testing the Repacked Install
  • Running MSI Installations
  • Testing Guidelines
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
Building Releases
  • Understanding Release Build option and types
  • How to build compressed or uncompressed .msi files
  • How to ensure a "Setup.exe" wrapper is not produced
Advanced Editor Topics
  • Searching for Files
  • Direct Editor
  • Handling Locked-Down Environments
  • Suppressing and/or dealing with application behaviour (suppress license agreement, unwanted dialogs, compatibility warnings, etc)
  • Pre-population User Profile data (File System and Registry) for User accounts created Post Installation/Deployment
Application Management and Conflict Solving
  • Application Catalogue
  • Importing Merge Modules
  • Working with Groups
  • Creating and Importing OS Snapshots
  • Identifying Conflicts and Importing MSI Databases
  • Defining Custom Ace Rules
  • Sharing Application Catalogue Data
  • Command-Line Options
  • Introduction to the Application Compatibility Pack (Automatically asses an applications compatibility with Windows 7 / Server 2008) and see reports on any issues which will cause an application to fail on the new Operating systems.
Testing and Best Practices Application Isolation
  • Application Isolation Techniques
  • Using thje Application Isolation Wizard
Custom Actions
  • Windows Installer Sequences
  • Where and when to insert Custom Actions
  • Custom Action Scheduling Options
  • The Custom Actions View
  • Common Custom Action Types - Set Properties, Launch Executable, Run VBScript.
  • Conditioning Custom Actions to control when they run
Tuning an MSI Package
  • Overview
  • Introduction to InstallShield Tuner
  • Creating a Response Transform
  • Editing the Transform Using Tuner
  • Applying a Transform
  • Understanding the factors required for an Upgrade to work properly
  • GUID's and Version Number settings
  • Defining the Upgrade behaviours (Upgrade to uninstall the old version or leave it in place)


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