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    Microsoft Silverlight

    I've been learning a bit of Microsoft Silverlight and like the rich animation that it produces.

    You can see some examples at


    The Olympic later this year are being streamed through Silverlight by MSNBC.

    Has anyone used it? Have you come up with anything you can show?

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    I haven't looked at it yet, firstly because it's still in Beta and secondly I already have flash

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    Currently Silverlight is at version 1 - full release but version 2 (was version 1.1) is still at beta 1

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    I thought it looked very interesting and i was amazed at the size of the install at work so i thought i'd have a play at home.

    All i got was a message saying 'processor not supported' OH!!!

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    From a technology standpoint silverlight leaves flash in the dust, it can integrate with multiple types of background code, has support for importing 3D modles, suports a cut down version of WPF so that it can be pushed as a sidebar gadget (vista) and it is also less of a CPU hog than flash.

    But has anyone else tried deploying it. There is no MSI, again. It seems that microsoft has turned on its own product line and now sees it as the enemy. Sure it can be pushed through Windows update but that does not help in the situations where a MSI would be far supperior. It is not being pushed on to any of my networks untill they sort themselves out and make an MSI avalible.

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    An MSI would be nice but i've noticed that a category has appeared on the WSUS server for silverlight. I'm not a fan of this though the same goes for IE7 it would be easier to deploy via msi IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    An MSI would be nice but i've noticed that a category has appeared on the WSUS server for silverlight. I'm not a fan of this though the same goes for IE7 it would be easier to deploy via msi IMHO.
    You can now using the IE7 Admin Kit just done it for some of my schools this way and it lets you customise it fully including adding search providers and changing defaults. You can also get rid of that stupid welcome to IE7 configuration page rubbish.

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    Sweet i'll take a look at that.

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    Sliverlight has been going out via our WSUS for a month or so now but not got much that requires it other tahn MS's own sites

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    Sorry to divert a bit

    @ SYNACK: did you force a reboot after the IE7 install or make it wait untill all the other GPO apps had installed so it reboots at the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Sorry to divert a bit

    @ SYNACK: did you force a reboot after the IE7 install or make it wait untill all the other GPO apps had installed so it reboots at the end?
    I just left it to reboot at the end, the only problem that I had with it was when I was installing it manually on a standalone machine and could not figure out why it was not working. Problem was it only had XP SP1 on it but as it failed silently it took me a short while to realize.

    You also need to be careful to go through all of the options avalible to disable that startup screen rubbish as you need to kill it in two places, once suite early in the wizard and once in the setup screen with loads of categories in it under the machine settings.

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    Hmm only did it in one place but it seems to be working, i have it turned off in the GPO as well.

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