AdminStudio gets an upgrade

InstallShield releases faster version of AdminStudio, its application migration tool for systems administrators.

InstallShield Software has begun to ship a new release of AdminStudio, a system administration tool that promises to ease the migration of enterprise applications to Windows 2000 and XP environments.

Application migration can tax IT departments, and systems administrators welcome tools to cut reduce any migration headaches.

The new version, AdminStudio 3.5, provides faster and more reliable application repackaging and migration to Windows Installer than the previous version, 3.0, says Ali Hashmi, program manager for AdminStudio. That's because the software tool no longer relies on snapshot technology, which often stole time from busy systems administrators.

Instead of snapshot technology, AdminStudio 3.5 uses InstallMonitor, the most significant product improvement. InstallMonitor is proprietary InstallShield technology that hastens migration by monitoring software installations directly in the Windows Installer format. In addition, the new AdminStudio release can now import WinINSTALL software packages for direct conversion.

On the backend, AdminStudio works with Microsoft Access 2000, SQL Server 7.0 and SQL server 2000.

An alternative to AdminStudio is Wise Package Studio by Wise Solutions of Plymouth, Mich. In June, the company released version 3.2, which met software migration standards for Windows 2000 and XP.

InstallShield of Schaumburg, Ill., was founded in 1987 and began offering software-repackaging solutions five years ago. AdminStudio was first released in 2000; AdminStudio 3.0 was released in December 2001.

There are two levels of AdminStudio 3.5. AdminStudio Standard is $1,399, and AdminStudio Professional is $2,899. The advantage of Professional is that it comes with ConflictSolver, a proprietary technology that can detect and remedy integration issues for applications before they're installed on the Windows platform.

Upgrades for previous AdminStudio owners are far cheaper: $599 for Standard and $999 for Professional.

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