Enterprise Level Deployment of VSTO Solutions: Deployment Design

It’s been a while, I’m not really interested in going to the details of why at the moment, lets dig right into the topic. Generally I focus on more of the technical aspects of what you can do without really talking much about some of the other considerations that should go into make your deployment…

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VS 2008 SP1 and VSTO, why you should be seriously considering installation.

I’m not going to go into detail about everything in the VS 2008 SP1 package, but what I would like to point out some key deployment features that were added and why you would want to consider installing even if you have a large user base using a base VS 2008 customization.  In this discussion…

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In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part II).

In my last post I talked about the first steps to building my Customer Prerequisite.  In it, I built an MSI that would display a message box during the install phase. Here is what Setup1looks like when you run it: It’s nothing too ingenious but it gets the job done. So…here we are with an…

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In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part I).

In January I talked about using Custom Prerequisites to add a little more specialization to the VSTO ClickOnce experience.  I didn’t go too much in depth into this and I’ve since seen a few comments crop up about them in some of the VSTO community spaces I watch.  So I’m going to go through a…

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MSI VSTO Deployment revealed

For the past couple of months I have been avoiding talking too much on this blog about about creating "Windows Installer" deployments of VSTO.  I’ve been avoiding it because we’ve been working on writing a well-formed paper on how to do this and I wanted to wait for it to come out.  So here’s the…

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One-Shot customizations, but we're not VBA.

Last week I had the pleasure of getting some very interesting feedback from some of the Microsoft Office development audience (people who develop against office through VSTO/VSTA/VBA/Shared Add-ins/etc ).  If you were at said event and are now reading here because of it, I welcome you and hope you enjoy the time you spend. One…

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Click-Once forced updates in VSTO II: A fuller solution

  Last Week I talked about user-generated updates and the Click-Once Deployment Management API’s.  Based on some internal feedback and a large degree of personal interest, I’m going to come right back around to the same topic, but with a cleaner solution that does the whole kit and caboodle and does it nicely.  While certainly…

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VSTO 3.0 and .NET 3.5

From time to time I will come across (via various channels) a question of why VSTO 3.0 requires the 3.5 framework.  Usually these questions are prefaced or suffixed with a “in VSTO 2005 SE I was able to use 2.0, why are you making me use 3.5 now?” Just to clarify, when I talk about…

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If memory serves me correctly...

Memory is king and he who remembers the most rules will rule the most (not a real quote but it sounds interesting).  Anyway, it is very easy to create “widget” apps with VSTO that “do” something, but often where the really interesting projects come into play is when the app can “do” something and then…

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