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I got my MVP Award ‘again’ in Setup and Deployment

MVP LogoHi Folks, it feels great to share this information with you. I’ ve been awarded Microsoft MVP again this year in the Stream of ‘Setup and Deployment’. This would be my third consecutive year as an MVP. I would take this moment to thank all my friends, readers, session attendees, MS Product Teams, MVP Program and my Organization for the constant support and encouragement. You guys are fantastic..!!

I just received this below email..! 

Dear Vijay Raj,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Setup & Deployment technical communities during the past year.

Also in this email:

  • About your MVP Award Gift
  • How to access www.mvpaward.com to begin taking advantage of your award benefits
  • Your MVP Identification Number
  • MVP Award Program Code of Conduct

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

Toby Richards
General Manager
Community & Online Support

If you feel you have the potential and wanna’ try being an MVP – Check this out

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How-to Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Install and Setup the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5

We all have this question in our mind. “Why does my application break when we change the Operating Systems?”

Typically, whenever a new OS is released, Microsoft makes every effort to ensure application Compatibility. Unfortunately, as the OS evolves and when reliability, security and performance improvements are made, there are some comprises which are made that ends up breaking some applications. Thankfully, when the changes are decided to be made, there is some mitigation planned to address the applications which are broken. Out of which, One of the mitigation tool is “Application Compatibility Toolkit”. In this article, we will look at how to setup this toolkit and Start the AppCompat Process.

ACT Toolkit is Collection of tools which can be used to gather inventory for software, hardware, and device assets. Get Vendor Support and community Statements, Recommendations for fixing applications and also tools to apply compatibility fixes or “shims” to applications. This tool is a free ware. As it has a capability to collect inventory, it needs a place to store these information. Hence, you will need a SQL Server as a pre-requisite. Even a SQL Express will do.

You can download the SQL Server Express edition and Application Compatibility Toolkit from these websites to begin with!

Step 1: Install the SQL Server on your machine. I already have SQL Express installed on my machine; I can see the SQL service running on my machine. (see image below)

SQL Server Express - Installation

Step 2: Start the installation of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 (Application Compatibility Toolkit.msi)

Application Compatibility Toolkit - Installation

Step 3: Continue the installation by pressing the Next Button and Install Button.

Application Compatibility Toolkit - Installation Location

Application Compatibility Toolkit - Installation Complete

Once the software is installed, you can see these tools as a part of the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5. (We will look more in detail about these individual tools in the future videos.)

 Application Compatibility Toolkit - Programs and Softwares

To configure the Application Compatibility Manager, First launch the program as an Administrator. (Right click and Run as Administrator).

Step 4: When you launch this shortcut for the first time, you will get a wizard to configure the program. This is necessary so that, the inventory of your apps can be gathered.

Application Compatibility Toolkit Configuration Wizard

Leave it as the default Enterprise Configuration, Click Next,

Application Compatibility Toolkit Enterprise Configuration

Step 5: Now configure the Database; Click on the Combo Box, you will see the SQLServer Engine. (as shown below) . Click on the Connect Button. This would allow the ACT tool to connect to the SQL Database.

Application Compatibility Toolkit Configurating your ACT Database

Step 6: Name your Database and click on the Create Button. For the demo purpose, i have entered ACTDEMO. Click Next to continue,

Application Compatibility Toolkit - Naming your ACT Database

Step 7: This is another important Step, As this application would gather the inventory of the apps (from different machines also), you need to create a Writeable Share where the logs can be stored. Create a Folder and give Write permissions for everyone on this! Now mention that Shared path in this below dialog. (for eg: \\vj-pc\ACTLogs)

Application Compatibility Toolkit - Log File Location Configuration

Step 8: Complete the Configuration. By clicking on the Finish Button.

Application Compatibility Toolkit Configuration Wizard - Completion

If you observe in the above dialog, you have an option to join the ACT Customer Experience Program. By being a part of this, you can share and exchange your learnings and compatibility reports with the Microsoft.

This completes the Installation and configuration of the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5. For more detailed Demonstration -If you are on a good bandwidth or you prefer to see this as a Video, Check the same below.

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Events Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installation in Visual Studio 2010

Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects. It may look OK at first glance, but you soon realize VSI has many deficiencies, including:

  1. Visual Studio 2010 LogoCan’t manage components and features
  2. Can’t customize dialog boxes
  3. Can’t validate MSIs for Microsoft® Logo Guidelines
  4. Limited support for custom actions
  5. Can’t create updates and patches

Watch this Webinar from Flexera software to learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio 2010 interface. Long-time Visual Studio developers understand that the Visual Studio Installer (VSI) tool is not ideal for most installation projects.

This Webinar explains how the world’s top software companies build reliable MSI installations inside Visual Studio 2010 using InstallShield. If you use Visual Studio 2010 to develop applications – and especially if you work in a large enterprise-level development environment – this Webinar is for you.

Learn best practices for building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) installations inside the Visual Studio® 2010 interface.

  • Webinar: Best Practices for Building Installations in Visual Studio 2010
  • Presenter: Robert Dickau, Flexera Software
  • Date: Available now for viewing

View this webinar now : Click here

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Community Activities General Microsoft

MVP Award in Setup and Deployment

Hi Folks, I got my MVP award (again) this year in the stream of Setup and Deployment. Last weekend, I got my award Kit and trust me the memento is just funntastic..!!

Thanks to all my blog readers & for the lovely ears who hav been hearing to me in the UG(Bdotnet and BITpro) meets 🙂

I just love this lady in blue !!!

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General Microsoft

MVP Award : Setup and Deployment

Hiiii All, I am very pleased to inform you that, I have been awarded the MVP award for “Setup and Deployment”.

I got the mail from MVP Team last night. Thanks to all my Pals and my readers at Juice.