Spotlight on Top Features: InstallShield 2014 and InstallAnywhere 2014 Product Demos

Two new product demos help you and your development team catch up on the top features in InstallShield 2014 and InstallAnywhere 2014. View these brief, on-demand videos for release highlights and tips on how to get the most out of the new capabilities: InstallShield 2014 InstallShield 2014 continues to lead the industry by simplifying installations of complex Web/server applications with support for Microsoft Web Deploy, optimizing the user experience through DPI-aware installations, and improving developer productivity with automatic provisioning of virtual machines for testing installations. View the InstallShield 2014 Product Demo. InstallAnywhere 2014 New capabilities in InstallAnywhere 2014 simplify the…

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What Not to Do With MBAM and Windows 2003 Domains

By Garth Jones Several weeks ago I was doing some work with Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) and setting it up within one of my test labs. This test lab was running Windows Server 2003 as the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) and the language setting was English Canada. I’m telling you this now because you’ll understand why a bit...

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Microsoft App-V: What Software Developers Need to Know

With the increased adoption of Microsoft App-V by corporate and government organizations, the software installation development landscape is changing. This shift reminds many developers and industry analysts of what happened with Windows Installer (MSI) years ago. Prior to Windows Installer, developers built installs as stand-alone script-based executables. Windows Installer was released as a more reliable alternative, and companies began adopting it in order to achieve more predictable and consistent software deployments. This change from script-based installs to MSI installs required software companies around the world to rewrite their installation setups and instead deliver MSI packages to their user base. Today,…

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Updated Support: Using InstallShield to Create an Installation that Installs Windows Services

Among the most-popular posts on the InstallTalk blog are those related to using InstallShield to create installations that install Windows Services. The past few InstallShield releases have included updated Windows Services capabilities. Those enhancements are highlighted here, along with links to additional information. InstallShield 2013 introduced the following improvements related to Windows Services: The Express and Limited editions have a new Services view that lets you configure one or more services that you want to be installed during installation and removed during uninstallation. These editions also have support for optionally starting the service after installing it, starting it automatically every…

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Top 10 Questions & Answers from InstallAnywhere 2014 What’s New Webinar

Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our recent What’s New in InstallAnywhere 2014 webinar. Lots of great questions. Here are your top 10 questions and answers. And if you missed the webinar, you can view it any time, on-demand. Is this possible to manage silent installs with InstallAnywhere? Yes. Silent installation is supported on both Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack editions of InstallAnywhere. Does InstallAnywhere 2014 support minor upgrades or patches? Yes. InstallAnywhere 2014 supports only major upgrades are this time; the support for minor upgrades is on the radar for future releases….

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Making a Good Last Impression: Customizing Your Uninstaller

If your software product installs well, what do you hear from your customers? Crickets. But if it goes poorly, your customers will let you know, loud and clear. The same holds true for your uninstaller. So while your initial installation may be smooth and effortless, when it comes to uninstalling your product, if the uninstall is awkward, labor-intensive or unsuccessful, that can leave a bad impression. As a software provider, your reputation is at stake every time someone installs — and uninstalls — your product. Make your last impression as good as your first with a proven customized installer. Most…

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How to Build Your First Windows Installer Using the InstallShield Project Assistant

Time is precious, especially when deadlines are looming. With that in mind, Flexera Software has created a series of mini-demos that offer tutorials and extra insight into the most popular features in InstallShield—easily viewable during a short break. Maybe you just need a jump start on a new feature, or want to make sure you’re following best practices. Whichever the case, InstallShield mini-demo series will give you what you need, often in less than 10 minutes. So it’s sure to fit into your busy schedule. For a quick start or refresher, check out “How to Build a Windows Installer using…

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That Sinking Feeling and How to Avoid It: Fixing Design-Time Validation Errors

There’s nothing like getting a big head start on an installation project and then finding that you’ve missed or omitted something critical, and then have to backtrack to uncover what or where things went awry. Or worse yet, start all over again. To help you detect and resolve potential problems with your installation project—and avoid that sinking feeling when you realize that you will have to rework or start from scratch—you can perform several types of validation before you run the installation on a target system. “Fixing Design-Time Validation Errors” is an informative white paper that examines how InstallShield helps…

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InstallAnywhere 2014 Now Available

Flexera Software launched InstallAnywhere 2014 today. The latest version of the world’s leading multi-platform installation solution, InstallAnywhere 2014 includes new capabilities that simplify the creation and deployment of multi-tier Web/server applications for traditional, virtual and cloud infrastructures. This release covers the English language versions of InstallAnywhere Premier, InstallAnywhere Premier with Cloud Pack and InstallAnywhere Professional. Feature highlights of InstallAnywhere 2014 include: Simplify development and installation of upgrades with a new standard framework that automatically detects and removes prior versions of your application (Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack Editions). Simplify development of installations for multi-tier or Web/server applications by easily…

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Flexible Installation Critical to Agile Development

As agile development teams seek to deliver the right software to users early and often, installation can no longer take a back seat to features and bug fixes. Installation is becoming more integrated into agile development processes. Agile processes are characterized by multiple iterations and frequent delivery of working software to users, who provide rapid and almost continuous feedback on the scope and direction of the application. And with today’s complex cloud and virtual technology, installation development has to be accessible to the entire team because multiple developers contribute to the effort. The ability to create and manage a flexible…

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InstallShield in Action Video: How to Simplify Multi-Tier Installations

If you’re developing installations for complex server applications, this video can help. It walks through the process with InstallShield for packaging and deploying multi-tier applications. It shows a step-by-step demonstration of these key capabilities and more: The template for packaging multi-tier applications How to assign various packages to different tiers Options for server configuration specific to tiers, whether a single server or divided among servers Watch it today to make it easier to deploy your complex applications to a single setup.exe. What tips do you have for complex installations? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is…

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3 Top Tips: Building Installations for Today’s App-Savvy Users

As technology has become more sophisticated, so have users. Expectations run high for easy-to-use software. And where do they experience their first impression of software? When the installation begins! To exceed expectations, check out these three tips: Tip #1: Build Single Suite Installations Users want to install once. Create installers that bundle multiple products together into one unified installation. Tip #2: Shorten Download Wait Time Time expectations have shortened and users want downloads to start ASAP. Build installations with technology that reduces their wait time. Tip #3: Freshen Up How the Installation Looks Today’s users know what modern looks like…

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