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Additional Resources for Planning and Testing for Application Deployment

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

These resources contain additional information related to this chapter.

Related Information

  • "Designing a Test Environment" in this book for more information about testing.

  • "Designing a Pilot Project" in this book for more information about piloting.

  • "Choosing an Automated Installation Method" in Automating and Customizing Installations of this kit for information about choosing an automated deployment tool.

  • "Designing Image-based Installations with Sysprep" in Automating and Customizing Installations of this kit for information about designing and performing an image-based installation.

  • "Designing RIS Installations" in Automating and Customizing Installations of this kit for more information about designing and performing a RIS installation.

  • "Deploying a Managed Software Environment" in Designing a Managed Environment of this kit for information about Group Policy Software Installation.

  • "Hosting Applications with Terminal Server" in Planning Server Deployments of this kit for information about application compatibility with Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server.

  • The Deploying Software Update Services White Paper on the Microsoft Web site for information about SUS.

  • The Server Roles: The Application Server link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about server application compatibility.

  • The Porting 32-bit Applications link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about porting 32-bit applications to 64-bit operating systems.

  • The Windows Application Compatibility link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources to download the Application Compatibility Toolkit.

  • The Windows Catalog link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for the Windows Catalog.

  • The Windows Server Catalog link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about the Windows Server Catalog.

  • The Microsoft Solutions Framework link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about assessing project constraints and risks.

  • The Designed for Windows Logo Program link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources.

  • Article number 326690 "Anonymous LDAP Operations to Active Directory Are Disabled on Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers," available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about anonymous LDAP requests.

  • Article number 314649 "Windows Server ADPREP Command Causes Mangled Attributes in Windows 2000 Forests That Contain Exchange 2000 Servers," and article number 328661 "XADM: Running Exchange 2000 Setup with /Forestprep Switch Produces Error 0XC1037AE6," available through the Microsoft Knowledge Base link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources.

  • "Migrating IIS Web Sites to IIS 6.0" in Deploying Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 of this kit (or see "Migrating IIS Web Sites to IIS 6.0" on the Web at http://www.microsoft.com/reskit).

  • The Debugging Tools link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources to download the most recent version of Debugging Tools for Windows and symbol files.

  • The SMS Product Information link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about SMS.

  • The Windows Installer Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about creating Windows Installer packages.

  • The Windows Script Host link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about Windows Script Host.

  • The following white papers from the Application Compatibility Toolkit, available through the Windows Application Compatibility link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources:

    • "Common Application Compatibility Issues," for detailed information about common compatibility problems and examples of source code that you can use to avoid them.

    • The "Windows Compatibility Checklist," to help you identify test cases that verify an application’s interaction with the operating system.

    • The "Windows Applications Exploratory Test Procedure," for information about the exploratory test methodology.

  • The "Programming Best Practices with Microsoft Message Queuing Services (MSMQ)" white paper, available through the Message Queuing link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about applications and MSMQ.

  • The "Software Update Services Deployment" white paper, available through the Software Update Services link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about SUS.

  • The "Application Deployment Using Microsoft Management Technologies" white paper, available through the Application Deployment link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources for information about choosing an application distribution tool.

Related Tools

  • Application Compatibility Toolkit

    Use the Application Compatibility Toolkit to test, identify, and resolve application compatibility problems. To download the Application Compatibility Toolkit, see the Windows Application Compatibility link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources.

  • Sysprep.exe, Setupcl.exe, and Factory.exe

    Use Sysprep.exe, Setupcl.exe, and Factory.exe to prepare a hard disk for disk imaging. To obtain Sysprep, open the Support\Tools folder on the Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 operating system CD, and then open Deploy.cab. You can also find these tools by clicking the Windows Downloads link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources.

  • Debugging Tools for Windows

    Use the Debugging Tools for Windows to identify complex or hard-to-find application compatibility problems when you have the source code and symbol files for an application. To download the most recent version of Debugging Tools for Windows and the appropriate symbol files, see the Debugging Tools link on the Web Resources page at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/reskits/webresources.

Related Job Aids

  • "Compatibility Solutions Spreadsheet" (PDP_APPA_1.xls) on the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit companion CD (or see "Compatibility Solutions Spreadsheet" on the Web at http://www.microsoft.com/reskit) for a spreadsheet to help you find application compatibility fixes for applications compatibility problems.

  • "Windows Fundamentals Testing Checklist" (PDP_APPA_2.doc) on the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit companion CD (or see the "Windows Fundamentals Testing Checklist on the Web at http://www.microsoft.com/reskit) for a checklist to help you track your Windows Fundamentals tests.

Related Help Topics

For best results in identifying Help topics by title, in Help and Support Center, under the Search box, click Set search options. Under Help Topics, select the Search in title only checkbox.

  • "Msiexec (command-line options)" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003 for information about Msiexec.exe command-line syntax and usage.

  • "Start" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003 for more information about using the Start command to run installation programs in batch files. To find "Start" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003, look under Support Tasks, click Tools, and then click Start.

  • "Group Policy" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003.

  • "Logon Scripts" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003 for information about configuring logon scripts.

  • "Event Viewer overview" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003 for information about the event log and audit log.

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