New AdminStudio 5 Provides Easy-to-Use Suite of Repackaging, Conflict-Solving, and Application Management Tools

LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2003 – InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software installation, packaging, and deployment solutions, today announced AdminStudio™ 5, the most comprehensive solution for preparing applications for deployment to Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. AdminStudio™ 5 premieres today at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, and will be generally available on April 2 in Standard and Professional editions, which are also clients for the new AdminStudio Enterprise Server.

Successful enterprise software deployment requires meeting rigorous standards that are far beyond the stand-alone userÂ’s software setup needs. AdminStudio 5 handles every aspect of preparing software for corporate deployment including: repackaging, testing, conflict solving, transforming, updating, and final posting to your software deployment mechanism. In addition, the new AdminStudio Enterprise Server provides complete lifecycle management for every application deployment package that is distributed throughout the global IT environment.

“AdminStudio 5 is much more than a repackaging tool, it’s a comprehensive application management solution that completely eliminates the technical and organizational issues associated with software packaging,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO of InstallShield. “Our enterprise customers need to be able to track all phases of the application lifecycle, from gathering migration requests through the testing and deployment of applications to all departments and locations. AdminStudio 5 delivers this functionality while also providing easier and faster repackaging, automated quality assurance, and a wide range of distribution options.”

At the core of the AdminStudio 5 solution is the new Application Catalog—a single database repository that serves as the coordination hub of all application migration and lifecycle management data and tasks. The catalog’s Enterprise Dashboard shows the state of every application at all times. When combined with the workflow, management, and tracking features in the Enterprise Server, the result is a complete, end-to-end solution for not only managing the full migration of every application in the enterprise, but also managing the vast amounts of data, documentation and workflows that surround migration projects.

"Managing your enterprise software, from repackaging to conflict resolution and deployment, just got easier and simpler,” said Scotty McLeod, Chief Technical Analyst, HSBC Bank. “With a workflow system tying it all together thinking globally is now a reality."

Complete Application Management System

AdminStudio Enterprise Server provides a scaleable and customizable web-based portal that ties together all phases of application lifecycle management; providing a complete method for capturing, tracking, and managing all the data, documentation and workflows. The AdminStudio Enterprise Server delivers the following capabilities:

Managed and orderly application requests

Workflow assignment

Complete monitoring of the packaging lifecycle, including issue tracking and resolution

Project communications and repackaging audit trail

Real-time status reporting.

Easier and Faster Repackaging

A revolutionary, visual repackaging environment enables the simple, color-coded view of captured or legacy files, enabling the exclusion of items from a package with a simple mouse click. Exclusions can be applied at the time of file import, rather than during capture, eliminating the need for multiple recaptures.

Integration with VMware™ Workstation’s virtual machine technology allows users to simulate target operating systems on a single computer, significantly reducing the time required to reset clean machines between repackaging and testing.

Automated Quality Assurance

AdminStudio 5’s new QualityMonitor™ guarantees success in locked down environments by automatically verifying and testing Windows Installer (MSI) installations to ensure correct configuration and eliminate potential uninstallation issues.

Smarter Repackaging

InstallShield SmartScan™ automatically extracts information from legacy applications that ordinary repackagers miss. It scans for any missing files, registry items, and shortcuts not captured by the Repackager, and adds them to the project, providing the option to include or exclude the information in MSI packages.

Seamless Deployment

In addition to integration with distribution tools such as Marimba, SMS and Active Directory, AdminStudio now supports the distribution of deployment packages to a Tivoli Server, allowing feature selection and the creation of Tivoli Software Package Definition Files via an easy-to-use distribution wizard.

Additional Benefits

All application conflicts are permanently stored, allowing all team members to view and solve conflicts at any time.

A Rules Wizard allows easy creation of new business rules that guarantee packages meet corporate standards.

Integrated Windows domain and directory security provides complete control over user permissions and access rights.

Pricing and Availability (US)

AdminStudio 5 in Standard and Professional editions, plus AdminStudio Enterprise Server, will be available on April 2, from InstallShield, its online eShop, and through a network of authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. Information on InstallShield's complete line of products, training classes, and professional services is available from or by calling 800-809-5659.

About InstallShield Software Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software installation, packaging and deployment solutions for independent software vendors and IT systems administrators. InstallShield technology powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and is used by more than 200,000 corporate and commercial software developers and systems administrators worldwide. InstallShield is headquartered near Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., with European headquarters in Bristol, England. For more information, visit