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Deploying WinXP SP2 with RIS using Windows 2000 Server

This video shows how you may use RIS to deploy Windows XP SP2 from a Windows 2000 server in fully unattended mode. From RIS installation and configuration, to slipstreaming Windows XP SP2, customizing the SIF (unattended answer file) and even including additional scripts and source files to automate the installation of additional software following the installation of Windows XP.

Running Time: 25:54


Detailed step-by-step walk through goes over creating a slipstreamed source (XP SP2), installing RIS (covering the nuances associated with handling XP on a Windows 2000 RIS server), creating a post installation script, etc.


How to customize RIS by adding to the files installed using $OEM$ and automating this installation by customizing the answer file (SIF) using Setup Manager and even some changes outside this Wizard using notepad (to to have it automatically activate XP, include the product key, etc.).

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Working with ImageX and Windows PE

This video walks the viewer through installing Windows Server Codename Longhorn and creating a bootable Windows PE disk with ImageX included. It then shows how to use the Windows PE image to boot up and create a file based image (WIM) of the Longhorn Server and finally, how to apply that image to a new machine.


Running Time: 18:50



The image creation process is covered through generalization with sysprep; next the system is booted to Windows PE where a WIM (file based image) of the computer is taken using ImageX and saved to a network location .


Finally, a new system is created and prepared with the diskpart utility within Windows PE where ImageX is again used-- this time to apply the previously taken image of Longhorn server to demonstrate its use. It should be noted that all of these steps also pertain to Windows Vista

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Custom Actions with Wise Package Studio

This video presentation and demonstration provides viewers with a technical overview of Windows Installer custom actions and how they may be employed. A demonstration of how to go about creating an "MSI Wrapper" (an MSI setup that launches a command line installation) is provided using Wise Package Studio's Windows Installer Editor. Note: This presentation is also available with the demo utilizing InstallShield AdminStudio.

Running Time: 13:50


where to store any source for your place your custom actions is explained as well as where to place the call to the action in the MSI sequence along with the benefits and limitations of the various choices


a detailed walk thru on authoring a custom action in Package Studio is presented, explaining everything along the way- where to place it, setting a condition, handling uninstall, etc.

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Packaging Acrobat Reader 7

Adobe Reader 7 is a very capable MSI already, so this is not about "Repackaging" but rather creating a custom deployment package for the provided MSI. This video walks you trough extracting the source files, creating an admin installation point, using InstallShield Tuner to create a custom transform and how to make use of it all in a command line deployment. Finally, it also discusses how to make use of several custom registry entries uncovered by our members in the Software Library with your custom transform.

Running Time: 9:54


This video explains command lines for extracting the package contents.


It also covers how to customize Adobe using the available Tuner software as well as several registry customizations for controlling options for the Adobe Reader.

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Repackaging Best Practices

This video training session discusses several best practices pertaining to repackaging. Discussions include establishing a clean machine, the need to reboot and launch an application when repackaging, eliminating unnecessary user information from packages- and how to handle such information if you find it necessary to include. It also covers cleaning your package, which applications not to repackage (and why). These and other best practices are discussed in detail with plans to expand the video based on future best practices and your own feedback.



Running Time: 21:45



This video covers Items that should not be repackaged, explaining the logic behind why these items should not be repackaged.


It also goes on to discuss other practices such as the removal of HKCU elements from your package to avoid the potential repair/reinstallation of MSI packages (some times repetitively).

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