Update Deployment for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework

  • Changes

    You may have noticed that I haven't been maintaining this blog recently. Some life changes have happened in my life and as a result I am no longer actively working on "Update deployment for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework." Specifically, I've gotten...
  • How to install and update the .NET Framework 1.1 on different operating systems

    I've blogged previously about how confusing our servicing story is for .NET Framework 1.1 on Windows Server 2003 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Now there's a new KB article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base to help customers understand and address these and other issues regarding .NET Framework 1.1 on various operating systems. Check it out: KB915756.
  • .NET Framework 1.1 Servicing Releases on Windows Update for 64-bit Systems

    Among the most confusing stories that we have asked .NET Framework customers to understand has been .NET Framework 1.1 support on Windows Server 2003 and 64-bit versions of Windows. I've blogged about this before. Today I get to tell you that we've done right by putting .NET Framework 1.1 servicing releases on Windows Update for 64-bit platforms.
  • Deployment Channels

    I stated in an earlier post that "I am the person in charge of getting product updates (service packs and hotfixes) for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework into distribution channels like Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the Microsoft Download Center." It occured to me that some of you might care which updates go where. If you do, read on!
  • .NET Framework Installer Technologies: A Primer

    Updates for the the .NET Framework 1.1 come in two flavors: One package for 32-bit x86 versions of Windows Server 2003 and a different package for everything else. Similarly, updates for the .NET Framework 1.0 come in two flavors as well: One package for Tablet PC and Media Center editions of Windows XP, and a different package for everything else. Confused? You're not alone. I'll try to help.
  • .NET Framework Installer Technologies: A Primer

    Updates for the the .NET Framework 1.1 come in two flavors: One set of packages for 32-bit x86 versions of Windows Server 2003 and a different package for everything else. Similarly, updates for the .NET Framework 1.0 come in two flavors as well: One set of packages for Tablet PC and Media Center editions of Windows XP, and a different set of packages for everything else. Confused? You're not alone. I'll try to help.
  • Why this Blog?

    The intention of this blog is to help give the interested public some view into the complexities of servicing Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Other blogs exist on the subject, and this blog is by no means official or authoritative. Rather, this blog represents the personal views of its author where that author is in the unique position of being responsible for the deployment of updates for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework.
  • Vision

    I have a vision statement up on my wall. It says this: "Deliver the right updates to the right customers at the right time."
  • About the Role: Update Deployment PM

    In the bad old days, before specialized update deployment program management, it was the responsibility of the update release manager to deploy their own updates. And in a sense, things haven't really changed so much from the bad old days, except that they have. Let me explain.
  • About the Author

    My name is Blair Neumann and I am the Microsoft Program Manager in charge of update deployment for the Developer Division Customer Product-lifecycle Experience (DD.CPX) team. That's a long way of saying that I am the person in charge of getting product updates (service packs and hotfixes) for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework into distribution channels like Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the Microsoft Download Center. Okay, that was longer.
  • Glossary

    Microsoft Installer See MSI . MSI Microsoft Installer ; also called Windows Installer . cf.: OCM . Microsoft application installer technology: [ More Info ]. Installation technology used by all versions of Visual Studio . Also used by all "Redistributable...