Hi All,

I would just step into the packaging world.Can anybody help me?I am novice to this technology,need somebody to guide me.

Thanks in advance.

Kelly
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I believe the best first step would be to get hold of Phil Wilson's ouevre, The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer.

Once digested, get yourself on one of the vendor's courses. Realistically, there are are only really 2 vendors: Wise and InstallShield. Both offer courses, the details of which can be obtained from their respective web sites.
Answered 11/25/2009 by: VBScab
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The courses that you are talking about , are they avaialble online?
Answered 11/25/2009 by: kelly
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I *think* InstallShield's new owner has something online but the web site is the best place to check. I don't believe Symantec (Wise's owner) does online stuff. BTW, if in your mind you're equatting "online" with "free", you're going to be bitterly disappointed.
Answered 11/25/2009 by: VBScab
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Darwin's Desktop Engineering packaging class is online. http://desktopengineer.com/overview
Answered 11/25/2009 by: sbequette
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in addition to what Ian said, a working knowledge of relational databases is critical to understanding how windows installer works.
other good ancillary areas are: programming, scripting, Active Directory, SMS/SCCM, and of course the ever present current buzzword, virtualization.
Answered 11/25/2009 by: aogilmor
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on top of that it will good to learn some of the important fields related... basically Software Management which includes, Software Library/Repository, Software Licensing, Software Packaging, Software Distribution/Deployment and Patch Management..... understanding this will somehow help in the core packaging line..
Answered 11/25/2009 by: PackageExpert
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...also, knowing the quickest way to replace the bottom hose on a 1967 Mini will prove invaluable.
Answered 11/26/2009 by: VBScab
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lol...omg u can really joke with facts eh..... another talent! :)
Answered 11/26/2009 by: PackageExpert
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knowing your @rse from your elbow is a good start too...
Answered 11/26/2009 by: MSIPackager
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hope all this info does not scare kelly off packaging [:D]
Answered 11/26/2009 by: cygan
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Rob,

that's not for packaging, it's a vital question for management
Answered 11/26/2009 by: AngelD
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Learn to use Filemon/Regmon/Procmon... Take a look at some basic vbscript code because you're going to eventually need that too. It's definetely a field that requires you to think both inside the box and outside the box. Good luck.
Answered 12/02/2009 by: Secondlaw
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Forget FileMon and RegMon. ProcMon (from the same stable) combines the functionality of both with none of their restrictions, plus you get lots more information.
Answered 12/02/2009 by: VBScab
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You'll have to use File- and RegMon for Windows 2000 SP1 and below as ProcMon requires W2K SP2 or above.
There are a lot of "medical" companies that still uses those oldies; Win95/98.
Answered 12/02/2009 by: AngelD
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