The latest update to AdminStudio Suite includes new capabilities that solve some of the biggest challenges that face end user computing and desktop administrators.
Reducing App Risks: Understanding Java Dependencies and Identifying End of Life Versions
Employees and customers rely on your systems and services to be available when they need them. There are currently over 3,000 classes of Java, and dependencies and configurations can cause havoc with packaging your business-critical applications. And older versions of Java that are no longer supported can open your organization to unnecessary security risks.
End user computing and desktop administrators, especially those who package and support third-party applications, have a general disdain for apps that rely on Java. Various apps, especially older ones, require specific versions of Java, so they need to manage many different versions in their enterprise environments. Having those multiple versions can also create security issues and require constant attention to vulnerability alerts to ensure that the versions of Java that are running are up-to-date and fully supported to thwart hackers.
With over 3,000 classes of Java, managing dependencies is the No. 1 issue we hear about from our AdminStudio customers. Now, in the latest release of AdminStudio 2016 SP2, new capabilities for Java testing and Dependency Mapping analyzes MSI and EXE installers to determine application dependency with Java.
Java Detection Tests
AdminStudio includes new Java detection tests for Windows and Mac OS desktop applications that determine whether an application has a dependency on a Java version (required during either package installation or after package installation) that has been designated as end of life/end of support. Either an Error or Warning is generated:
- Error— Application is dependent upon a Java version that is designated as end-of-life/end-of-support.
- Warning— Application depends upon a version of Java that is not the most recent version.
Java Runtime Environment Dependency Report
A new Java Runtime Environment Dependency report has been introduced; it can be found on the Report Center tab. The initial view of this report shows the number of applications that require a Java Runtime version to run, as well as the number of applications that install a specific Java Runtime version during installation.
Faster Deployment – PowerShell App Wrapping Quickly Prepares Software for Deployment
PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft. AdminStudio now includes PowerShell wrapping functions to perform common tasks for application deployment and to interact with users during the deployment. It simplifies the complex scripting challenges of deploying applications in the enterprise, delivers a consistent user experience and improves the success rate of your installations.
By wrapping an existing Windows Installer (.msi) or complex installation package (.exe) in a PowerShell script, you can automatically perform deployment tasks both before and after installation.
AdminStudio provides full support for PowerShell-wrapped packages, including converting Windows Installer packages and complex installation packages to PowerShell wrapped packages. You can convert the following deployment types into a PowerShell wrapped package:
- Windows Installer packages (.msi)
- InstallShield InstallScript .exe files
- InstallShield Basic MSI installers that are compressed into a setup.exe file
- InstallShield Suite Installer .exe files
- Wise Package Studio .exe files
- Other executable file types that can be uncompressed by 7-ZIP
AdminStudio imports existing PowerShell-wrapped packages into the Application Catalog where you can run tests against them using Test Center. You can also convert a PowerShell-wrapped package to a virtual package using Automated Application Converter or the Conversion Wizard and test those wrapped packages on virtual machines. To test the installation of a PowerShell-wrapped package on a virtual machine, just use the Test on Virtual Machine Wizard. This wizard uses the capability of the Automated Application Converter tool to spin up the selected virtual machine and install the selected package.
And, finally, you can distribute PowerShell-wrapped packages to System Center Configuration Manager and Symantec Altiris Client Management Suite using the Distribution Wizard.
Current AdminStudio customers can download the latest AdminStudio Suite 2016 SP2 from the Flexera Software Product and License Center. To learn more about the exciting new capabilities contact your Flexera Account Manager.
Timothy Davis is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Flexera Software, and has worked in global marketing at high-tech firms such as BMC Software, VeriSign, McAfee, and Lotus. With over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, he has gained a deep understanding of the business challenges faced by IT organizations in enterprises of all sizes. Specializing in IT Service Management and Operations, Tim develops content that translates product features into real business benefits that help IT leaders learn about new and developing technologies that drive IT efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.