Is anyone using Admin Studio 9.5 to create virtual packages, either App-V or ThinApp? I like the idea that you can create both the MSI and App-V package from the same capture, all though it looks like it is just avialable for App-V only and not ThinApp.
I would be very interested to hear if Admin Studio 9.5 can do what it states in it's advertising.
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It would be quicker to download AS, install it as a 30-day trial and see for yourself.
Answered 06/28/2010 by: VBScab
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If memory serves correct from last time I installed AS9.5 the virtualization support enables some modules like ThinApp if it finds them installed on the device at install time and that there are screen prompts to this effect when you launch up AS.
Answered 06/28/2010 by: bill_appleton
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I have been kicking the tires on AS 9.5's virtualization outputs.

The interest thing is it will take as input either: a) output from the IS repackager or b) an MSI file as input and then virtualize to: a) App-V, b) Thinapp, or c) XenApp.

Although I am always wary of conversions, I imported the Adobe Lightroom MSI and exported as a Thinapp Virtualized app and the application fires up and is usable with no problems.

I haven't done any forensics on what is missed with this method, but I have to assume that the results of any custom actions that would normally run are not captured. Depending on the package that could obviously be lethal.
Answered 06/30/2010 by: 007sQ
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Ok,

I have been using ThinApp & AdminStudio 9.5 VPack and this is what I have found & my experiences:

1. ASV9.5 & TA 4.5 do not work together out of the box. Because of me, Flexera will be releasing SP2 that addresses the fact that VMWare changed the encoding on the Package.ini from UTF-8 to ANSI.

2. ASV9.5 will not automatically embed VBScripts into the project the way ThinApp packager will.

3. When you leverage MSI to V-MSI feature of ASV, you must remember that any changes made will be in the "bubble". When you build the MSI it will create another ISM that is the build ISM and changes like branding must be made there.

4. All primary data containers are set as Package.dat. That can be good & bad.

I have a number of Feature Enhancements in to Flexera for the Virt Pack. I personally do not think it is worth the ridiculous cost but the MSI to V-MSI feature is really nice.
Answered 07/06/2010 by: TheBigSaxon
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Also, if you need a GUI for ThinApp, the ThinApp Isolation Viewers (File & Reg) work fantastic.
Answered 07/06/2010 by: TheBigSaxon
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ORIGINAL: 007sQ

I have been kicking the tires on AS 9.5's virtualization outputs.

The interest thing is it will take as input either: a) output from the IS repackager or b) an MSI file as input and then virtualize to: a) App-V, b) Thinapp, or c) XenApp.

Although I am always wary of conversions, I imported the Adobe Lightroom MSI and exported as a Thinapp Virtualized app and the application fires up and is usable with no problems.

I haven't done any forensics on what is missed with this method, but I have to assume that the results of any custom actions that would normally run are not captured. Depending on the package that could obviously be lethal.


That is the biggest thing I have run into. It works great on Repackaged MSI's but not so great on vendor MSI's.
Answered 07/06/2010 by: TheBigSaxon
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ASV 9.5 SP2 does not resolve any of the ThinApp issues and it is still broken - -9012 error.
Answered 07/22/2010 by: TheBigSaxon
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ORIGINAL: TheBigSaxon

ASV 9.5 SP2 does not resolve any of the ThinApp issues and it is still broken  - -9012 error.


Lucky Admin Studio doesnt costs thousands of pounds then. Errrm....wait a minute......DOH!
Answered 08/09/2010 by: mcompton69
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Would it be possible for you to send me the complete log where you get the -9012 error?

Thanks,
Mike Marino
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Answered 09/10/2010 by: Mike Marino
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