[duxhelp] Re: DBT Installation

  • From: "Jack Maartman" <jmaartman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 18:24:59 -0700

Hi Peter:

What kind of time frame does this involve.  As one of a few die-hard win98
users, I can be on the alert for possible conflicts. I'll keep an eye on the
autobuilds.

Good luck with this one.

Jack

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 12:25 PM
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: DBT Installation


> I'm with you on this one, Peter.
>
> As you know, we have many network/multiple users here in the
> U.K.
>
> George.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter
> Sullivan
> > Sent: 03 June 2005 20:14
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [duxhelp] DBT Installation
> >
> > Beta Testers,
> >
> > You may well be wondering where we're at with DBT 10.6.
> >
> > It appears to me that the time is right to switch DBT's
> installation
> > procedure.  While what is now DBT 10.6 remained a "service
>
> > pack" release to
> > DBT 10.5, I didn't want to do this.  However, with the new
> numeric
> > designation we have a bit of freedom.
> >
> > We've also been hearing more lately about installation
> problems.
> >
> > What I propose to do is to retire our "homemade" SETUP.EXE
>
> > process in favor
> > of a Windows Installer (.MSI) solution, built with a
> > commercial installation
> > builder.  The following will be among our design goals:
> >
> > 1. Interactive and Administrative (automated)
> installations will be
> > supported.
> > 2. Installation will be localizable, using the same
> procedure
> > that allows
> > localization of the DBT interface itself.  (For those of
> you
> > unfamiliar with
> > this process, our partners web site allows certain of our
> > business partners
> > to edit the interface strings in various languages.)
> > 3. Add/Remove will work properly (for a change).
> > 4. It will remain possible to have installed different
> editions of the
> > software, each independent of the other.  Indeed each
> release
> > -- even beta
> > 1, beta 2, etc. -- will be independent.  This does imply
> that
> > pre-release
> > testers may want to periodically use Add/Remove to clean
> out
> > old pre-release
> > versions.
> > 5. When a Service Release is approved, it will be set to
> > install over the
> > earlier version with the same major & minor version, so
> that
> > users who do
> > not do pre-release testing will not experience the same
> DBT
> > overload in
> > Add/Remove programs.
> > 6. Installation will give the option of installing a
> computer to use a
> > centrally-managed, possibly multi-user option (as can now
> be done with
> > NETINST) or to use a client-hosted activation.  This
> option
> > will also be
> > available for Administrative installations.
> >
> > All current installation options should remain possible.
> >
> > I do not at this time propose to try solving the problem
> that
> > installation
> > of SWIFT & Word BANA Templates is not possible for "All
> Users".
> >
> > Also -- and importantly for some -- switching to a .MSI
> > installer will mean
> > retiring NETINST.  Network adminstrators will instead be
> > urged to use the
> > Administrative installation options built into Windows
> Installer.  The
> > difference to the end user will be that the resulting
> > installation will have
> > software installed on the local machine.  This should
> improve
> > performance
> > without affecting maintainability.  Moreover, while the
> > software will be
> > local, the activation may either be local or server-based,
> as
> > explained
> > above.
> >
> > For those of you who have single-user installations, the
> > impact should be
> > essentially none.  I'm most interested in hearing thoughts
>
> > from those among
> > you who manage larger installations, or work with people
> who do so.
> >
> > If we do go forward, the new installer will certainly need
>
> > some testing.
> >
> > Best Regards,
> >
> > Peter
> >
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