I have to install cs5 on about 300 computers, is it possible to make a 1 click installer, in msi format or exe format including the updates?. Can the updates be slipstreamed into the install some how?
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Do you mean 'ClickOnce'? If so, I'd say "No", as CO apps are designed to self-contained. If, however, you meant an installer which the installing user (who must have local administrator privileges, of course) can double-click and have everything install without having to step through dialogs, then yes, that's entirely possible.

You would create an Administrative Installation point (AIP), patch the AIP, then use the Adobe CS5 customization tool to create a transform. IIRC, there are some other tweaks (e.g. turning off auto-updating) which you would probably want to include, too. The various 'Package KB' for CS5 apps will have details of those tweaks. Lastly, you could then use your package authoring tool to create an EXE which would extract and execute the MSI and MST.
Answered 03/11/2011 by: VBScab
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I have never done the following, create an Administrative Installation point (AIP), patch the AIP, then use the Adobe CS5 customization tool to create a transform, how difficult is it to do this?
Answered 03/11/2011 by: clivebuckwheat1
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The AIP stuff isn't difficult at all. You can Google for instructions but the nub is that you'd use the '/A' and '/P' switches against MSIExec.EXE.

From what I've read here (I've managed to avoid getting my hands dirty with the Adobe family), the CS5 stuff isn't that difficult, either. The difficulty will most likely be finding time: the CSx families include many products and you'll need to customise each one.
Answered 03/11/2011 by: VBScab
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the only packaging tool I have is the one from app deploy AppDeployRepackager would this be enough to repackage it to a 1 click msi after I do the aip and patching?
Answered 03/11/2011 by: clivebuckwheat1
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No. The Repackager is for capturing legacy (i.e. non-MSI) installation packages to MSI.

Your best bet is to create a batch/command file or, better, a script and convert that to an EXE using one of the many tools around.
Answered 03/11/2011 by: VBScab
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I have opted to use this tool from Adobe

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/enterprisedeployment.html

The only downside is that you have to do each program separately, I do not believe you can do the whole CS5 suite at once, to make a silent installer. Has anyone else use this tool and can confirm this for me?
Answered 03/12/2011 by: clivebuckwheat1
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