We are deploying our Adobe Acrobat updates (.msp) via SCCM. Our initial deployment of the application runs from a vbscript where we remove the desktop shortcuts. However, when we advertise the updates via sccm, the update installs a desktop shortcut. So, is there a way to modify the properties of a .msp to not install the shortcut? I am open to suggestions. Other alternative is a maintenance script to go through and remove desktop shortcuts, but would first like to investigate the msp modifications. Thanks
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Have you already deployed your Adobe application and are now patching those installations with a separate deployment? In terms of Adobe Reader I used the Adobe Customisation Wizard X to create a transform which deleted the desktop shortcut (amongst other things). I believe this is the recommended approach. I've subsequently deployed the 10.0.1 patch and haven't had any problems with the shortcuts reappearing. If you are deploying your application and patch at the same time I'd suggest scrapping the vbscript approach to deleting the shortcut and using the Customisation Wizard.

If you've already deployed your application, as far as I'm aware, whilst you can view the changes an MSP makes in MSI editors such as Orca, you can't directly edit them. In this situation you'll probably have to manually script the deletion of the shortcut in your patch installation script as you did for the main application.
Answered 04/21/2011 by: Stewmang
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Your problem stems from using script to remove files. If you had used a transform against the original MSI you could have deleted the shortcut from the Shortcut table.
Answered 04/21/2011 by: VBScab
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