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The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is an annual award that is given to outstanding members of Microsoft's peer-to-peer communities. There are more than thousand MVPs for various Microsoft technologies. In 2003 for the first time Microsoft nominated three MVPs for the Windows Installer category:
This position is responsible for specifying, designing, testing and documenting the Install function of product-related software with minimal direction from an Engineering Manager. This position represents the leader of the Install Engineers on the Build, Install, and Tools (BIT) team. This is an Install Engineer who holds the principal role in developing the overall solutions for a project and ensures that all Install engineering tasks in the project are assigned and completed to specification.
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The new service pack adds full support for .NET Framework version 1.1 and
fixes some bugs that had been introduced with service pack 1. Service pack 2
requires that Developer 8 SP1 be previously installed and is recommended for all
users of Developer 8. The serivce pack is available free of charge for users of Developer 8.0. To obtain
the service pack "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu. For
more details see the knowledge base article
Virtual machines are a great alternative to disk imaging software, and indispensible for software and setup tests on various operating systems, repackaging on clean machines, help desks. VMware now have released a new version of their Workstation product, bringing it up to time with the latest operating systems, and adding several useful improvements. New features include:
VMware Workstation is available in two editions: for Windows hosts and for Linux hosts. Upgrade pricing is available. Users who bought VMware Workstation 3.2 after February 19, 2003 are entitled to a free update.
InstallShield's solution for system administrators has been updated and improved significantly. It now comes in three levels: Standard, Professional, and Enterprise Server. Some of the new features (some of which are not available in each edition):
The first service pack for InstallShield Developer 8 includes several bugs fixes and also brings some great new features:
The serivce pack is available free of charge for users of Developer 8.0. To obtain
the new version select "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu. For
more details see the
The latest version of InstallShield's Java based installation tool broadens
platform support, adding Max OS X and Generic Unix support. Other enhancements
include patch and update installs, running in console or silent mode, optional
use of Java Swing for a richer look and feel of your installer user interface,
and many more. More details and
This hotfix updates the install engine to fix a bug in function
ComponentFileInfo and error 5006 (0x8007003) during setup initialization. The
hotfix is available from the Online menu or from knowledge base article
InstallShield have released a tool to create custom skins for setups created with InstallShield Professional 7 and InstallShield Developer (InstallScript MSI project type only). This tool enables you to modify the predefined skins or create completely custom skins. You can use your own background graphics, buttons and color scheme. There are two things this tool cannot do:
The Skin Customization Kit can be downloaded here. In Professional 7 it is also available through the Online | Check For Updates menu. For additional information read the whitepaper.
Share your skins: You are welcome to send your created skins to
firstname.lastname@example.org for publication
on InstallSite. Please make sure you have a license for any included graphics
for this purpose, to avoid copyright infringement.
After the SQLSlammer outbreak Microsoft has rushed out Service Pack 3 for
MSDE 2000. In case of the full SQL Server the server administrator is
responsible for installing the latest service packs and security fixes. But if
your software installs MSDE 2000, it is your task to distribute the
update to your customers. End users will typically not be able to
install the update (see below why), and may not even be aware of the danger they
You can download MSDE 2000 SP3 from http://www.microsoft.com/sql/downloads/2000/sp3.asp. This package includes the files for a full install as well as patches to update existing instances. It also includes updated merge modules. Here are some hints for using the new version and for updating existing customers:
Note that new bugs have been introduced with SP3, and known bugs still exist. For details see the Bugs Bulletin.
Created: 2003-01-29 Last update: 2003-02-12
After installing Service Pack 1 for InstallShield Professional 7.0,
ISPIde.exe may crash during conversion of projects created with versions 5.x or
6.x. InstallShield has now published a hotfix to solve this problem. The bug was
introduced with SP1, so users of Professional 7.00 without service pack are not
affected by the problem. The hotfix can be downloaded by selecting Check for
Updates from the Online menu, or from knowledge base article
Microsoft has released three tools to help combating the SQLSlammer worm:
These tools can be downloaded from
During that last weekend the "SQLSlammer" worm infected thousands of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and
MSDE 2000 that didn't have Service Pack 3 applied. The worm makes use of a
well known vulnaribility that has been fixed in SP3. While speading over the internet it
caused huge traffic on UDP port 1434, effectively disabling sections of the web.
If you are using SQL Server 2000 or MSDE 2000, and are connected to the
internet: make sure you have the latest service pack installed. Any firewall
should be configured to block incoming and outgoing requests on UDP port 1434.
More information: Microsoft TechNet Advisory about the SQLSlammer worm
Created: 2003-01-25 Last update: 2003-01-28
The following job offer is being published by request:
Application Packager: WISE & InstallShield Contract
Our client is looking for a contractor with in-depth experience in using WISE and ideally also InstallShield to package Windows 2000 software applications in particular W2K service packs, Hotfixes. You be used to working under tight deadlines and have good communication skills.
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InstallShield is extending their training offerings in Europe and Australia:
InstallShield has released a second value pack as free update for AdminStudio
users. Double-Byte Character Support has been added for repackaging localized
legacy applications. During Conversion, the Legacy Conversion Wizard will use
the language codepage of the Operating System that the application was
repackaged under. The matching
language pack must be installed to have a localized UI in the built MSI
package. For the Professional edition the value pack also adds a new Bulk Import
feature that allows you to import multiple Windows Installer (MSI) packages, and
associated transforms from the command line, or scripted INI file. This allows
for scheduled rebuilding or additions to the ConflictSolver database. In
addition, some bugs have been fixed. For details see the
release notes. To obtain the value pack select Check for Updates from the
InstallShield has released an update for Professional 7.0. Besides bugs fixes
this service pack significantly improves single exe (self extracting) media,
media encryption and password protection. It even includes a password dialog.
The service pack includes the previously released hotfix and updated Windows CE
object. It is available free of charge for users of Professional 7.0x. To obtain
the new version select "Check for Updates" from the Online menu. For
more details see the
PocketSoft released a new version of their patching tool that supports both
Windows Installer (MSI) as well as legacy setups. Based on more than 10 years of
experience RTPatch Pro 7 adds value to Windows Installer technology by replacing
Microsoft's MSI 2.0 patch creation engine with Pocket Soft's proprietary RTPatch
BUILD engine. RTPatch Pro 7 is fully compatible with Windows Installer as it
produces .MSP files. For more information visit the Pocket Soft
homepage and read their FAQ about Windows
Installer and RTPatch.
Time is running out on several special deals on InstallShield software:
"Administrator's Introduction to Application Repackaging and Software
Deployment using Windows Installer" is now available. Written by Bob Baker,
author of two other Windows Installer books, and Robert Dickau, author of
several InstallShield training materials, this book is a reference for
Administators migrating to the Windows Installer service. It provides an
in-depth review of the standard features and often-missed secrets for creating
MSI packages. Baker and Dickau guide through the intricacies of the Windows
Installer service and the complete suite of complementary tools that come with
InstallShield AdminStudio. Click here for details
It is reported that PestPatrol, a security and personal privacy tool that
claims to detect trojans, spyware, adware and hacker tools, recently detected
Kazaa Spyware in certain InstallShield files. This is a "false
positive", and other tools like Ad-Aware or SpyBot do not report any problems
with these files. InstallShield has worked with PestPatrol to resolve this issue, and
PestPatrol has released a fix which is available from
InstallShield has added power to their entry level setup authoring tool.
InstallShield Express 4.0 now comes with the capability to create binary patches,
support for IIS web services, system search functionality, additional options for installation conditions, path
variables for source files, and additional runtime languages (Danish, Norwegian,
Portuguese). Like its "big brother" InstallShield Developer 8, Express 4 can be fully integrated into Visual Studio .NET,
enabling it to be run in that environment or with the traditional Express IDE.
Another benefit of the Visual Studio integration is a bundle offer of Express 4 with Visual Studio .NET (Professional, Enterprise Developer or Enterprise Architect levels) at extraordinary low prices.
Click here for details
vBuild for InstallShield Professional is a new product jointly developed by Red Bend,
a company specializing in update and compression technology, and InstallShield. vBuild automatically transforms installation packages
created with InstallShield Professional 7.0 into upgrade installations for previous
versions and significantly reduces the update size. vBuild will also
reduce your full version setups, using compression that is more powerful than ZIP or CAB. Using vBuild, there is no need to create a separate
update setup for each previous version as is necessary with the Update Authoring option of
the InstallShield Professional 7.0.
InstallShield has released a hot fix for InstallShield Developer. It is recommended for
all versions including 7.04. The hotfix addresses three issues: Standard setups
occassionally fail to run on Windows NT4 SP6 target systems (IDriver crash), Standard
setups are not registered properly when installed by non-administrators (fix only applied
to Developer 7.0 with SP3 or greater), and Basic MSI setups using InstallScript sometimes
hang during setup progress on Windows 9x target systems. Existing setups should be rebuilt
after the hotfix is applied to the development system.
On October 23, 2002 a fixed hotfix has been released, and the isscript.msi on installengine.com has been updated. Previously there have been some problems with the first release of the hotfix:
If you select to use version 1.2 of the Windows Installer runtime instead of version 2.0 it causes the setup progress bar to stay at 0% while the installation completes successfully.
If you select to download the InstallScript engine from installengine.com an error message will be displayed at runtime because the engine on that server hasen't been updated with the hotfix.
To receive the update select Check for Updates from the Tools menu.
For more information about the known issues and possible workarounds see the Bugs Bulletin.
Created: 2002-09-23 Last update: 2002-11-07
If you buy InstallShield Professional 7 (full product, upgrade or subscription) until
December 31, 2002 you can receive a refund of 200 EUR/200 USD. This offer is similar to
the current offer for Developer 8. Click here for details.
The new version of InstallShield Developer is now available. New features in Developer 8 include:
InstallShield guarantees that your Developer 7 or InstallShield for Windows Installer
project will seamlessly migrate. And if it doesn't, they offer to fix it at no cost.
For a limited time you can get a refund of 200 EUR/200 USD if you buy Developer 8 (either full product or upgrade). Click here for details about this offer.
InstallShield Developer is integrated in InstallShield AdminStudio as authoring component. Owners of AdminStudio 3.5 (which comes with Developer version 7.04 built in) can download Developer 8 in form of a value pack free of charge. For details see InstallShield's knowledge base article Q107239.
For an introduction to the new version watch the free webinar:
Developer 8 Technology Overview for Evaluators
Date: October 22, 2002
Time: 18.00 GMT (= 1 pm US Central DST)
Click here to enroll
The prices for all InstallShield software products have been reduced by 10% in the InstallSite Shop. The prices for some
books and support contracts have also been reduced. The new prices are valid since October
12, 2002 andare listed here.
VMware has released a new version of their Workstation product that enables you to run multiple operating systems (not restricted to Windows) on one computer simultaneously in virtual machines. VMware Workstation is used by many setup developers for testing because you can restore a virtual machine to a known "clean" state quickly with the click of a button. New in version 3.2:
VMware Workstation 3.2 is available in the InstallSite Shop. Registered
owners of Workstation 3.0 and 3.1 can download version 3.2 free of charge.
InstallShield released a first hotfix for Professional 7. It includes the following fixes:
To obtain the hotfix select Check For Updates from the Online menu.
Owners of limited editions of InstallShield products that are included in development
tools from Borland and Microsoft can receive a rebate of $100-$200 US Dollars when
upgrading to a full product version. Details to be posted soon. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in
This one day seminar explains the major advantages of Windows Installer technology over
legacy installation techniques, and shows how to leverage the full feature set of the
technology, including how to adhere to Microsofts best practices when creating MSI
installer databases. Attendees receive a free copy of Bob Baker's book "Getting
Started with InstallShield Developer and Windows Installer". Additional dates have
been announced in France, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany for November and December
This seminar is also available in India (Mumbai and Bangalore) in October 2002.
Click here for dates and locations
Created: 2002-09-24 Last update: 2002-09-26
There are reports that the on-demand scanner (scan32.exe) of McAfee VirusScan crashes
while scanning the file sysutils.dll that is included on the InstallShield Developer 7.04
CD-ROM. This seems to be an issue in McAfee VirusScan, and has been reported for
scan32.exe versions 4.x. A few important things to note: McAfee does not report a virus in
this file, nor do other virus scanners, so the file is not infected. The sysutils.dll file
is only required to install InstallShield Developer (the IDE) on your development machine.
It is not required to build setups nor is it included in your releases, so this is not an
issue for your end users. The crash has only been reported for the version of sysutil.dll
that is included in Developer 7.04, previous versions don't seem to be affected. The file
is included on the CD or exists on your hard disk in directory
[ProgramFilesFolder]InstallShield\SetupFiles\InstallShieldDeveloper704 (if you downloaded
the software). As a workaround don't scan this file - either remove the CD from the drive
before you start a system scan, or rename the file in the aforementioned folder. (Don't
delete the file - it may be required for repair operations).
During this Support WebCast, you will learn how to create packages for Microsoft .NET
applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio deployment projects. Presentation given by
Adam Semel, Microsoft Corp. Adam Semel is a Backup Tech Lead for the Windows Installer
Support team. He has been a Microsoft employee for two years. Adam is a member of the
Visual Studio .NET Beta program. He has delivered more than 10 Windows Installer training
sessions to customers.
View this WebCast
Created: 2002-08-31 Last update: 2002-09-23
This new one day seminar is intended for Systems Administrators, Repackagers, Help Desk
Engineers, IT Managers, and others focusing on repackaging applications to the Windows
Installer service (MSI) format. When you attend you'll learn MSI tricks, pitfalls, and
best practices of the new standard installation engine on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Attendees will receive a free copy of the upcoming book "Adminstrator's Introduction
to Application Repackaging and Software Deployment using Window Installer". The
seminar will be held in cities across the USA in October and November 2002.
Click here for more information
Order InstallShield AdminStudio 3.5
InstallShield AdminStudio 3.5 is now available. It has an improved Repackager based on
InstallMonitor technology, a new conversion wizard for Novell ZENworks, Microsoft SMS and
WinINSTALL files, enhanced Conflict Solver and more. It also includes the latest version
of InstallShield Developer 7 (with service pack 4) as Author component. Version 3.5 is not
available free of charge for existing customers, it's a paid upgrade. Technical details
about the new version can be found in the release notes.
You can see AdminStudio 3.5 in action in the free AdminStudio 3.5 Repackaging Webinar. Click here to view the recording (duration 90 minutes).
Created: 2002-08-26 Last update: 2002-08-30
Order InstallShield AdminStudio 3.5
During this Support WebCast session you will learn about the new features that have
been added to the Windows Installer 2.0 engine, and the key problems in version 1.x that
are fixed in version 2.0. Presentation given by Erik Kupferer, Microsoft Corporation. Erik
has been with Microsoft over three years, bringing experience to the Windows Installer
team from the Office Premier Applications support teams. He is very familiar with the
inner workings of the Windows Installer engine and the .NET Deployment tool.
View this WebCast (recording)
Created: 2002-08-17 Last update: 2002-08-30
The new version of InstallShield's "classic" product line is now available. InstallShield Professional 7.0 is based on the same InstallScript technology as Professional 6.x, it's not using Windows Installer/MSI. The new version includes many enhancements that users have requested and more:
Projects created with Professional 6.3 should convert seemlessly to version 7.0.
InstallShield evens offers free assistance for migration problems. For more information
and introductory offers see http://www.installsite.biz/en/products/group_is7.htm
Created: 2002-07-01 Last update: 2002-08-14
A few days before the release of Professional 7 InstallShield has published another
patch for Professional 6.31. A first patch had been released three months ago. The
patches are available in knowledge base articles Q105927
(patch 1) and Q106585 (patch 2 which requires patch 1 as prerequisite).
Microsoft has released a second service pack for the .NET Framework. A list of fixes
and download is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/sp/.
On July 29, 2002 InstallShield has released an updated version of iKernel.exe and of
the One Click Install Setup Player. Unfortunately there are no details about what problems
have been fixed in this version. You can get the update from knowledge base article Q105097.
Microsoft has released service pack 3 for Windows 2000. It is a cumulative pack that
also includes the fixes from SP1, SP2 and the Security Rollup Package 1. Besides other
updates and fixes SP3 installs version 2.0 of the Windows Installer runtime files. An .msi
file is available to deploy SP3 using a Group Policy Object in Active Directory. The
service pack can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/default.asp
InstallShield participates in Microsoft's Visual Studio Integration Program. The result
is not only Developer 7.04 that can be fully integrated in the Visual Studio IDE, but also
a limited time offer for a bundle of InstallShield Developer with Microsoft Visual Studio
.NET Professional. For a rather low extra price (between 112 and 447 ,
compared to the regular price of Developer) you get the Professional edition of Visual
Studio .NET together with InstallShield Developer. There's even an option for existing
Developer customers to get Visual Studio at a special rate. Click here for detailed
pricing and ordering information.
The next version of InstallShield Developer is now available. The highlight of the new
version is full integration in the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET development environment. A
common interface can now be used for all development work, and installation projects are
automatically updated as applications evolve. The stand alone IDE is also included so you
can use Developer without Visual Studio. Service Pack 4 also improves .NET support and
fixes some bugs. See the release
notes for details. The German and Japanese editions are expected to follow a few weeks
later. Service Pack 4 is available free of charge for users of Developer 7.0x. To obtain
the new version select "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu.
Order InstallShield Developer 7
InstallShield adds Melbourne and Sydney to their international training locations. "Learning InstallShield Developer" courses in Australia will be held in July and November 2002. For more information and booking select your region:
The next version of InstallShield Express is now available. Express 3.54 introduces
support for .NET applications, including installation of the .NET runtime and project
wizards for Visual Basic .NET and C# applications. Other enhancements include the option
to select the MSI 1.2 or 2.0 engine, creation of shortcuts pointing to files on the CD-ROM
(source location), new merge modules, and of course bug fixes. It also includes a 6 month
trial of the InstallShield Update Service. For more information see the release notes.
ISX 3.54 is available free of charge for users of ISX 3.5x. To obtain the new version
select "Update InstallShield" from the Help menu. If a full build of ISX 3.54 is
required, please send your ISX serial number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
line "Full Version of Express 3.5 SP4". You must include your ISX serial number
in this mail - InstallShield will not provide the full version without your serial number.
InstallShield expert Bob Baker has written a new book: "Getting Started with
InstallShield Developer and Windows Installer Setups". On 1000 pages the book
introduces the concepts of Windows Installer based setups and shows how to use the
authoring tool InstallShield Developer 7. For more information, table of contents, pricing
and ordering visit the InstallSite
Getting Started with InstallShield Developer
and Windows Installer Setups
An increasing number of e-mails that are infected by viruses of the Klez family are
arriving in my inbox. The Klez virus was first found in October 2001, and new variants are
being added frequently. Klez can spread by e-mail and network shares. It exploits the same
vulnerability in Internet Explorer as Nimda, Badtrans and other
viruses to automatically run an infected attachment when you preview the mail in Outlook.
This vulnerabiliy is long known, and a patch is available from Microsoft. All major anti
virus tools will detect Klez, even with virus signature files that are several months old.
The fact that the worm is still spreading shows that there is a significant number of
users who never update their signature files, or don't use any anti virus software at all.
Some variants of the virus use social engineering by sending mails with an infected
executable, telling you that it is a tool that will protect you from Klez. Note that the
virus forges the e-mail headers, so the address in the From: field may not be the real
sender of the mail. More information about this virus can be found in the McAfee Virus Information
The prices for InstallShield Developer have been reduced temporarily. Full prouct and
the upgrade from InstallShield Express are available at 223 less than the regular
price, the upgrade from InstallShield Professional and the upgrade subscription are sold
at 112 off. The promotion will end May 20, 2002. Order in the InstallSite Shop.
An update for InstallShield AdminStudio 3.0 is available. Information about fixes and
enhancements can be found in the release
notes. The AdminStudio 3.01 update can be obtained by selecting "Check for
Updates" from the Help menu.
Microsoft released the first service pack for the .NET framework. The service pack
mainly addresses security issues and is currently available in English and Japanese.
Additional languages are to follow. A list of fixed bugs in this service pack is available
in Microsoft's knowledge base article Q317396. The service can be downloaded from http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/sp1/download.asp.
A special offer is intended to make starting with InstallShield AdminStudio
more attractive. New customers can save about 35% when buying AdminStudio Professional, or
28% when buying AdminStudio Standard Edition. This offer is only valid for the first
license, and expires at the end of April.
Created: 2002-03-09 Last update: 2002-04-15
A new version of the software that drives the discussion forums on InstallSite has been
installed. The update was required to fix some bugs, but it also introduces some nice
features. You are now able to get notificationsby e-mail if replies are posted to a
thread, even if you didn't post am essage in that thread yourself. This subscription
automatically expires after 30 days (configurable) but can also be terminated manually.
You can switch the forum user interface language to German. Some additional groups have
been created, e.g. about CD Autorun tools, and two specific groups for Standard and Basic
MSI projects in InstallShield Developer. Privacy has also been improved: your e-mail
address is not visible to other board members, but they can still send you e-mails using a
web form (if you enable this option in your control panel). All existing user accounts and
messages have been carried over. The old forum will stay online for some time as read-only
archive. If you have questions or suggestions about the new forum software, there's a
specific forum where you can post them. Visit the new forum.
Microsoft released a new version of the Windows Installer runtime files. The new version number is 2.0.2600.2 for both ANSI (for Windows 95/98/Me) and Unicode (for NT4/2000) versions. Previously the Unicode version was 2.0.2600.0 and the ANSI version 2.0.2600.1. There is currently no information why this new version was released, and if it fixes any problems. This new version cannot be used to update the installer engine on Windows XP. The new runtime installer can be downloaded from the following locations:
For Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000:
For Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Me:
Note: although these download pages specify a release date of September 25, 2001, the
downloadable files are actually of February 26, 2002 (ANSI version) and February 19, 2002
Created: 2002-02-27 Last update: 2002-03-18
BizSoft Corporation, a company that specializes in the creation of Objects for
InstallShield Professional 6, has released a set of objects to install software to
handheld devices running with the Palm operating system. The Palm OS Object comes in three
flavors: The Dialog Edition will install the software for one selectable Palm user, the
All Hotsync Users Edition can install software for all users in the Hotsync manager. The
Files and Conduits Enterprise Edition also installs Palm Conduits on all 32 bit versions
of Windows. BizSoft also offers two objects for BlackBerry and an object to detect the
speed and vendor of the CPU on the target machine. The latter object can be downloaded
free of charge. For more information visit the BizSoft web site.
|Palm OS Objects for InstallShield Professional from
Another update for the InstallShield Professional 6.31 help files has been released on
January 15, 2002. The update can be obtained by selecting "Check for Updates"
from the Online menu or by download from the InstallShield Download Center. This
documentation update does not apply to the German Edition of IS 6.3.
Another virus called W32/Myparty is currently spreading via e-mail. It doesn't execute
automatically but requires the user to click on the attachement in order to run. Although
this technique is old, this virus uses a clever trick: the attachement file name is www.myparty.yahoo.com and pretends to be a link to a web site, but
it's an executable. Many people may have forgotten that *.com is an extension for
executable files on DOS, just like *.exe. Therefore F-Secure says that the "Myparty
worm gives a whole new meaning for dot com". Virus scanners like McAfee and F-Secure
will need updated or additional virus signature files to detect W32/Myparty.
This update is required to fully enable the .NET functionality of InstallShield
Developer. It includes the released version of the Microsoft .NET Framework and some
modifications to the configuration of InstallShield Developer that are required. This
update requires Developer 7.02. To obtain the update select "Check for Updates"
from the Tools menu in the Developer IDE or download from InstallShield's
.NET Information page where you can also find additional information.
Microsoft has released the next version of their software development suite. Visual
Studio .NET comes in three editions: Professional, Enterprise Developer and Enterprise
Architect. It includes the programming languages Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++,
Visual J#, and a lot of other tools, depending on the edition. Visual Studio .NET will be
available in stores starting February 13, but subscribers of the Microsoft Developers
Network (Professional level or above) can download the package from the MSDN web site
already since January 15. It will also be included in the February shipment of MSDN on
|Order, renew or upgrade your MSDN subscription today to get your hands on the new Visual Studio .NET before it's available in stores.|
InstallShield has made all their NNTP based newsgroups read-only. There are now web
based discussion forums (similar to the InstallSite Forums)
that have some advantages over NNTP groups: you can subscribe to a thread and receive
e-mail notifications when posts are made to it, you can search for topics similar to other
web search engines, you can hide your e-mail address (to avoid spam) and there's no need
to set up a news reader software. On the other hand you can no longer use a software of
your choice to organize and archive the messages, you cannot download all postings for
offline reading, so browsing through the groups is slower, and you need to register before
you can post. There had been a discussion some time ago about the pros and cons of web
based groups vs. NNTP groups, but the final decision came somewhat suddenly and without
preannouncement. All existing messages from the NNTP groups will be carried over and
archived in the web forums, so no information will be lost. The web groups are located at http://community.installshield.com
InstallShield released a new version of their Windows Installer tool for system
administrators. AdminStudio 3 now comes in two flavors: The Professional edition is the
successor of AdminStudio 2 and includes a Repackager, a transform creation tool called
Tuner, an MSI authoring component based on InstallShield Developer, a Conflict Solver
database, and a Workflow Management view that helps to keep track of open and finished
tasks. The Standard Edition doesn't include the Conflict Solver and is sold at about half
the price of the Professional Edition. AdminStudio now also supports localized
installations by adding language packs.
InstallShield released a patch that will update the Repackager that is included in
Developer 7.02. It fixes problems with the import of the Repackager file (.inc) in
Developer. To obtain the update select "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu
in the Developer IDE.
The second maintenance pack for InstallShield Developer 7 is now available. This
release brings extensive .NET support, a new COM extraction mechanism, and several other
enhancements and bug fixes. Users of ISD 7.01 can obtain the patch by selecting
"Check for Updates" from the Tools menu in ISD. Users of ISD 7.00 use
"Update InstallShield" from the Help menu instead. You can also request a full
build of ISD 7.02 by sending your serial number and postal address to
email@example.com with subject line ****FULL
VERSION OF DEVELOPER 7.02**** . You must include your serial number in this mail -
InstallShield will not provide the full version without your serial number. This update is
not applicable to the German edition of InstallShield Developer. Release notes are
available at http://www.installshield.com/downloads/isd/isd_readme702.asp .
After several weeks of beta testing the new maintenance pack for InstallShield Express
3 is now available. It includes support for the Windows Installer 2.0 engine, enables
custom actions to be launched from their installed location, resolves BDE merge module
directory aliases, includes new merge modules for Microsoft Typelib Information Library,
Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider, and Visual FoxPro ODBC Driver, provides password protection
support for the SingleImage build type, and more. It also fixes a number of bugs. The
update can be obtained by selecting "Update InstallShield" from the Help menu.
This maintenance pack is free for all Express 3.5x customers. It does not apply to the
A new virus called W32/Goner@MM was discovered today. It comes as e-mail attachement,
but doesn't execute automatically (as Nimda and Badtrans do). It also spreads via ICQ.
Once active the virus tries to terminate and delete any anti virus programs it finds on
the machine. Virus scanners from McAfee, F-Secure and Symantec require signature updates
of December 4 to detect the new virus. For more information see http://vil.nai.com/vil/virusSummary.asp?virus_k=99272
A new variant of the Badtrans virus originally discovered in April is spreading in the
wild since November 24, and several infected mails are arriving in my inbox even today, 10
days after the virus has been detected. It uses the same technique as Nimda to
automatically run an infected attachment when you preview the mail. It exploits a
vulnerability Internet Explorer 5.0 and 5.5. Users of these IE versions should install
service pack 2. Internet Explorer 6 is not affected. For more information see the security
bulletin from Microsoft. While McAfee VirusScan with DAT files from early November
will already detect this new variant, other anti virus software like F-Secure and Norton
AntiVirus require new virus definitions of November 24 or later to detect the new variant.
Important note for McAfee users: Configuring VirusScan to scan compressed files is
required for detection.
Created: 2001-11-25 Last update: 2001-12-04
Setups created with InstallShield Professional 6.31 may trigger a virus alert. Norton
AntiVirus with definitions dated on or after November 9, 2001 incorrectly detects
InstallShield's iKernel.exe as being infected by the W32.Nimda.enc (dr) virus. Symantec
has corrected this problem in their Norton virus definition file dated November 12, 2001.
Users who get this false virus alert should run Norton LiveUpdate to ensure they have the
latest virus definitions, and then remove the incorrectly detected files from quarantine.
Symantec has accepted this as fault and and has posted fixing instructions at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/false.positive.on.ikernel.exe.from.installshield.html
. InstallShield knowledge base article Q105740 also describes this problem and the fix.
Nimda, a virus originally discovered mid September, is spreading again (as I can see in
my inbox this first weekend of November). There is a new variant of Nimda, and some anti
virus software (like F-Secure)
requires an update of the virus signature files to detect it, while other programs (like McAfee) recognize the new variant with
the older signatures from end of September. Nimda spreads by e-mail and infects web
servers. You can even get infected by visiting an infected web site or viewing
an infected e-mail, because the virus is launched automatically. Please keep your anti
virus software up to date! Users of Internet Explorer 5.0 and 5.5 should install service
pack 2 for their IE version to fix certain vulnerabilities in IE 5.x. Internet Explorer 6
is not affected. For more information see the security
bulletin from Microsoft. Note that the virus forges the e-mail headers, so the address
in the From: field may not be the real sender of the mail.
Created: 2001-09-18 Last update: 2001-11-04
Mircosoft released the redistributable package for MDAC 2.7 on October 29, 2001. It
installs the same version (2.70.7713.4) of MDAC that is included in Windows XP. It is
currently available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), German,
Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. MDAC 2.7 does not include Microsoft Jet, the Microsoft Jet
OLE DB Provider, the Desktop Database Drivers ODBC Driver, or the Visual FoxPro ODBC
driver, and is not supported on SQL 7.0 Clustered Servers or SQL 6.5 Clustered Servers.
This new version cannot be installed on Windows 95. There will be no merge module for MDAC
2.7 from Microsoft in the near future. For more information and downloads visit http://www.microsoft.com/data
Created: 2001-10-30 Last update: 2002-01-16
InstallShield Developer is now also available with a German development environment.
Version 7.01 is the first German release, version 7.00 was only available in English.
Version 7.01 German is built from the same code base as the upcoming English maintenance
release, and includes the same bug fixes. Many of the issues that are listed as open in
the release notes are actually fixed. For general information about InstallShield
Developer see http://www.installshield.com/isd.
The German release notes can be found at http://www.installshield.com/downloads/isd/isd_readme701Ger.asp
Created: 2001-10-24 Last update: 2001-10-25
In cooperation with Crystal Decisions, InstallShield has developed a set of merge
modules for Crystal Reports 8 and 8.5. The package includes 97 regular merge modules and
two objects. They are intended to be used with InstallShield Express 3.51, they are
currently not available for other InstallShield products. InstallShield Express 3.52
German Edition already includes the Crystal modules.
The merge module package can be downloaded from the InstallShield Express Resource Center.
The German Edition of InstallShield Express 3.5 is available. It has a version number
of 3.52, while the English edition is still at version 3.51. For more information see http://www.installshield.com/isx/.
The update from version 3.0 is not free.
The downloads for version 2.0 of the Windows Installer runtime engine are available
again on the Microsoft web site. The ANSI version of instmsi.exe (for Windows 95/98/Me)
now has a version number of 2.0.2600.1 while the first release was 2.0.2600.0. The unicode
version of instmsi.exe (for Windows NT4/2000) has not been changed, the version is still
2.0.2600.0, the old and the new files are binary identical.
The first release of MSI 2.0 had been published on August 28, 2001 and withdrawn from the web site around September 20. There is no official information why they have been removed, or what changes have been made in the new release. Rumors has it that problems were detected with Windows Me. The download URLs can be found in the Windows Installer FAQ.
Created: 2001-09-25 Last update: 2001-09-30
Maintenance pack 1 for InstallShield Professional 6.3 is available. Users of
InstallShield Professional 6.2x and 6.30 can download version 6.31 at no cost from the InstallShield Download Center. This update is not for the German
Edition of IS 6. IS 6.31 is an update to IS 6.30, do not uninstall 6.30. If you are using
6.2x you must first update to 6.30. For information about handling and compatibility of
language packs, and suggested update procedure, see the Bugs
Bulletin for IS6.
Created: 2001-09-12 Last update: 2001-09-20
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