AdminStudio provides a set of automated tools that help Administrators in converting legacy applications into the standard MSI format. The MSI format is very reliable and provides lots of benefits like Self-Healing, Rollback, Install on demand, etc.
AdminStudio ZENworks Edition is a limited version of the Macrovision Admin Studio Professional Edition. It consists of the Repackager, the Tuner and the Distribution Wizard Components.
The AdminStudio ZENworks Edition 8.5 is shipped with ZCM Media or can alternatively be downloaded from here.
After following the on-screen Wizard instructions, complete the installation of the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition. A reboot is required to complete the installation procedure.
You can refer to the Novell ZENworks Documentation for more information on AdminStudio Installation.
Activation needs to be done for the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition. Starting from ZENworks 10 Configuration Management, only ONE instance of the AdminStudio is allowed to be installed / activated in a particular ZCM Zone.
The Activation can be done by acquiring a license key from the Macrovision Website that's launched immediately after installing the AdminStudio (just before rebooting the machine).
After providing the Activation Serial Number, the Activation Successful message should be displayed as shown below.
Since one and only one instance of the AdminStudio can work in an entire ZCM 10 (or later) zone, it is mandatory that the first instance of the product be uninstalled and / or deactivated before choosing to install and use it on another machine in the same ZCM zone.
AdminStudio ZENworks Edition 8.5 primarily provides three major tools as described above:
Repackager allows the Administrator to convert legacy installers or Snapshot (AOT/AXT) files into MSI Packagers. Launch the Repackager from the home page of the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition.
Tuner allows the Administrator to Customize – Add, Modify, Remove any information (or files) from the MSI Package created using the Repackager. This enables the creation of customized MSI (with MST) packages.
The Distribution Wizard allows the Administrators to create ZCM Windows Bundle – MSI Application with minimum effort. The tool provided in AdminStudio ZENworks edition allows an easy-to-use and time-saving method to create the bundles.
The bundle created using the above procedure - The Repackager, The Tuner and The Distribution Wizard can be verified for valid details and files using the ZCC. The following screenshots display that the above bundle has been successfully created and added to the ZCM database with the exact information as provided while creating it using AdminStudio’s Distribution Wizard.
Important: the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition can be installed and activated in only one device in the entire ZCM zone. For more instances, more keys need to be acquired from Macrovision.
If an Administrator tries to login to the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition on another device in the same zone (which has an already existing instance of the AdminStudio, activated and running elsewhere in the zone), an error would be displayed stating "Invalid Usage". See the following snapshot for the exact error message displayed:
The following error will be thrown when the Activation of the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition is attempted on more than one machine in the same ZCM zone.
So, if the Administrator wishes to use the same Activation Serial Number in another device of his choice (in the same ZCM zone), he must Deactivate the first instance. This can be done by executing the "RemoveUsage.exe" file present in the following directory, where the AdminStudio is installed:
By running the above executable, the Administrator can ensure that the "One User per ZCM Zone" Limitation is taken care of. The first instance of AdminStudio gets deactivated or detached from the ZCM Zone and allows for activation on another machine. This RemoveUsage.exe can be run from any machine in the ZCM zone where the AdminStudio is installed (even if the Administrator forgets as to which device the application was installed for the first time, there’s no need to worry).
The message "Usage Token Successfully Removed" is displayed once the RemoveUsage.exe is run.
After this, uninstall the AdminStudio (if already installed) and reinstall the AdminStudio ZENworks Edition on the second machine where the Administrator wishes to run the application from. If it is not already installed on the second machine, the Administrator can choose to install the AdminStudio immediately after running the RemoveUsage.exe and then use the already obtained Activation Serial Number to activate the AdminStudio in the same ZCM zone.
AdminStudio ZENworks Edition thus provides all of the tools and interfaces that allow the Administrators to create, modify and distribute (as ZCM Windows Bundles) MSI Packages in an easy, time-saving, efficient and effective manner.