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VSI vs. InstallShield

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Posted 30 January 2004 - 02:12

Does anyone have experience with Visual Studio Installer? Is the version comes with VS.NET exactly the same as the one you download for Visual Studio 6.0 (I believe the latest version is 1.1)? They didn't look the same to me but I couldn't figure out how to tell the VSI versions.

I'm trying to decide whether to go with VSI or InstallShield DevStudio.

We host our own applications so no complex configuration considerations on customer sites. The apps are combination of VB and .NET. The deployment is fairly standard Windows, IIS, COM+, registry etc. but occassionally customizations are needed. Any recommendations?

Stefan Krueger

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Posted 30 January 2004 - 07:53

I believe in VS.NET 2003 there a newer version, however it's not called VSI but is the Deployment propeject type in VS.NET. But setups built in VS are still much less configurable than setups created with InstallShield DevStudio. Just a few points: InstallShield has a view to install IIS virtual directories, to install COM+ components, and a dialog editor. I don't think any of these are in VS. I suggest you try the InstallShield evaluation version. BTW DevStudio can be integrated in the VS.NET IDE.
If you don't have VS.NET there's a bundle offer (DevStudio + VS.NET Pro) that could save you some money.