Radu Popescu

Technical Writer at Advanced Installer, Technical Engineer on various enterprise client projects. Experienced in Software Packaging, SCCM infrastructure and System Administrating. Tech enthusiast and music producer in his spare time.

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Digital Signing: Why You Should Always Include A Timestamp

With the experience of unfortunate security breaches in recent years, the focus of making safe and reliable applications has increased in the software industry. This is why adding a digital signature to your application has become a must -- and for MSIX applications it is mandatory.

The Repackager or the Modern Technique of Application Packaging

In this article we are going to talk about the application repackaging process and more specifically: what is a Repackager, what can you do with it, how can it help you in your daily job - either as an IT Pro or as a Developer - and what makes Advanced Installer Repackager irreplaceable when supporting your updating and adding customizations to your installer package.

Don't conduct a manual install when your SCCM deployment fails - Stick to the SLA

In today's article, we're bringing a specific scenario into discussion and proposing the right solution to manage similar situations.

MSIX Packaging Tool: Guide me in!

If you missed out on our previous blog articles about MSIX, make sure to check out this comprehensive guide to get insights about the technology and the changes it brings to the industry. To continue understanding the different tools and best practices MSIX has, this article will go into the MSIX Packaging Tool. We discuss what it is, how it works, and finally, we will show a side by side comparison using our free Advanced Installer Express edition.

SCCM How-to: In-Console ConfigMGR 2002 Update

In a previous article , we went over handling the migration from System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to Configuration Manager Current Branch using the 1902 baseline version.

How to publish your MSIX package to the Microsoft Store?

You've finished building your MSIX application, and it's time to share it with the rest of the world.

AppData | LocalAppData | ProgramData Explanations, Differences, Use Cases

In this article, we go through:

MSI vs MSIX: Practical Side-by-Side Comparison

In 2018, MSIX was announced by Microsoft as the new universal package format for Windows 10 apps with the later support on desktop, mobile, and other Windows 10 devices.

How to approach a Start Menu entry in your MSIX package? And what challenges are there?

In our previous MSIX related blog articles, we’ve approached some of the MSIX particularities and different scenarios such as Digital Signing, MSIX Deployment via SCCM, MS-AppInstaller Web Protocol, and Context Menu.

Migration Upgrade from SCCM 2012 to Current Branch (1902)

In November 2015, Microsoft released the first edition of System Center Configuration Manager called SCCM (Current Branch) 1511. And since then, Microsoft decided to change its name to “SCCM YYMM (Year Month)” following the same naming convention as for Windows 10 YYMM (example Windows 10 1809).

MSIX Digital Signing

If you did not know this yet, all MSIX application packages must be digitally signed. There is no exception. Nowadays, we can all agree that cybersecurity is crucial. Therefore Microsoft decided to assist in this matter by enforcing the digital signature of the MSIX. If you have an MSIX package that is not digitally signed, and you try to install it, it will fail.

Updates Deployment: Major Upgrade vs Patch

In the lifecycle of an application package, it comes a point when an update is required. Whether we want to fix minor bugs and vulnerabilities, or we come up with some improvements and big changes to our app, we must deliver it as an update.

MSIX Per-User Deployment via SCCM

Before we begin, it is important we know that starting with SCCM version 1806, MSIX application is supported in System Center Configuration Manager. Integrating MSIX apps in previous versions, does not work. Also the current version of Windows 10 that supports MSIX is version 1809. It is announced that Microsoft will add support for MSIX also on other versions of Windows 10.

MSIX Deployment Options

There are four main methods of deploying an MSIX application. Publishing in Microsoft Store and Sideloading are methods that target unmanaged devices while Deploying via SCCM and Deploying via Intune focuses more on an enterprise environment, targeting managed devices. The key difference between unmanaged and managed devices is the control of how they are configured and who can have access to the application.