Press Release

AdminStudio Delivers First to Market Direct Conversion to Microsoft App-V Format, Dramatically Reducing Implementation Time

Enterprises See Remarkable Savings of Time and Effort when Deploying Virtual Packages

Schaumburg, IL and Las Vegas, NV - Apr 28, 2009 - Acresso Software announces today at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) that it has released a first to market capability: AdminStudio can now directly convert existing physical application packages to the virtual format for use with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, the most broadly distributed application virtualization technology. With the latest release of AdminStudio, organizations can accelerate the creation, testing and management of virtual applications being deployed through App-V, making AdminStudio a beneficial component to enable customers to rapidly prepare virtual applications and expedite App-V implementations.

AdminStudio accelerates virtual deployments by converting applications into the App-V format natively, without the use of the App-V Sequencer. AdminStudio also speeds virtual application packaging and deployment above and beyond the use of the native sequencing process, by offering vital time and effort saving tools, including:

  • an automated process to migrate a single application, a few .EXEs, or an entire library of MSI-based applications to the App-V virtual format
  • editing and customization of virtual and traditional applications via the award-winning InstallShield® technology built into AdminStudio
  • a pre-virtualization scan which helps to determine which existing applications are the best candidates for virtualization before being deployed in a virtual environment
  • a combined application catalog to manage package-centric business practices, including updates for virtual applications deployed via App-V and traditional applications deployed through System Center Configuration Manager
  • a direct integration with Acresso Workflow Manager, the blueprint tool for managing application readiness, application virtualization, OS migrations, and other desktop management processes.

In beta use, AdminStudio users have seen physical to virtual application conversion times reduced from weeks to just a few hours. AdminStudio automated tools for converting applications, including batch conversion functionality, have migrated application libraries of over 200 applications from the MSI format to the App-V format in less than two hours.

Acresso developed the AdminStudio support for App-V based on a long history of working with Microsoft. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a member of the System Center Alliance, Acresso has a unique development focus on the needs of customers using Microsoft products. Acresso, maker of InstallShield, has been the leader in creating software installations for decades. Acresso leverages this expertise to develop AdminStudio, a key tool for ensuring traditional and virtual deployments run well in the entire enterprise and meet the needs of end users.

"Windows customers realize significant time and cost savings by using App-V. AdminStudio extends these benefits by accelerating the important first step of preparing and a creating virtual application — which helps IT more quickly and reliably implement App-V," said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Management for App-V, Microsoft Corporation.

"AdminStudio's direct conversion of existing MSI packages to the App-V format enables organizations to leverage the investment they have already made in physical application packaging on their path to virtual applications, and does so using a familiar and proven interface," said Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Product Management for Acresso. "Acresso is very proud to be first to market with this revolutionary technology."

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