Thinstall has announced the release of v3.3 of their virtualization platform. In this release are the addition of MSI Autogeneration support (technically this came in 3.2). Specifics of MSI auto generation are:
- Support for machine-wide wide (All Users), and per-user “installs”
- Per-user installs do not require Administrator rights
- MSI deployments instantly integrate with existing management and deployment systems, inventory scanning, and usage monitoring systems
- Support for automatically attaching pre-determined file types to virtual associations
- Support for creating user accessible Desktop shortcuts
- No application data or registry settings are written to PC during MSI registration, thereby eliminating any need to perform cross-application regression testing.
Read the full press release here.
Also at the same time, Thinstall has announced an integrated partnership with Macrovision to allow creation of Thinstall packages from within Macrovision AdminStudio. This obviously reduces some of the barriers to adopting a software virtualization strategy. Read the full press release here.
Finally, you can view a full changelog of what’s happened in the recent releases in this support center article. I really wish a competitor to Thinstall would do the same thing. I won’t name names, but let’s just say it starts with Soft and ends with Grid.
EDIT: It may also be helpful to know that Thinstall recently added support for something called ThinReg that allows you to create Start Menu shortcuts and File Type Associations (FTAs) during logon. More info on ThinReg can be found here.