Hello.

This is well known software, but I cannot find anything about silent installation and deployment. I really would like to avoid repackaging it, I'd rather use vendor's setup files.

There is a set-up.exe but during the installation I need to switch on/off some of the components, and of course type licence key. Is there a way to do it silently? Some xml file with these settings maybe?

Great thanks in advance, Lucas.

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Chapter # 5 in the below link http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/creativesuite/pdfs/AdobeApplicationManagerEnterpriseEditionDeployGuide.pdf
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Answered 07/17/2012 by: dugullett
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Illustrator CS5 is covered here in the Software Library: http://www.itninja.com/software/adobe/illustrator-cs/11-390

Answered 07/17/2012 by: bkelly
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The Adobe tool is not a deployment tool. It simply makes a package for you that can be distributed silently. There are a lot of quirks and pitfalls when deploying Adobe CS* products if you're planning to deploy it while users are using the computer.

Just what i can think of right now:
- Browsers and MS office applications can not run during installation

- The generated installer does not support beiing run with a progressbar (/qb switch). This can be fixed easily with a transform.

- The bigger packages (Master Collection, Design Premium) are usually too big for the standard configmgr client cache. Either run from DP or increase the cache size before deploying.

- Acrobat Professional and some other products must be installed and patched separately.

- Acrobat Professional 9 Office-plugins can break Outlook 2010.

Answered 07/18/2012 by: Ifan
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@ bkelly - that looks helpful, but how to specify which components I want to install, and which not? I need to uncheck "all components" and choose only two of them in installation menu...

@ dugullett - thanks, I saw that before, however I believe it describes only deployment using Adobe tools, my package needs to be deployed in SCCM...


I have no more hope, I'm starting Repackager :)

Answered 07/17/2012 by: lucasour
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  • I have used the Enterprise Deployment tool to deploy most of Adobe CS5 and CS 5.5 suites with SCCM 2007 without issues. I highly recomend it !! Very strait forward and easy to use.
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Answered 07/17/2012 by: jagadeish
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All these CS5 applications have a common method to customize them using the deployment kit provided with them. Please see the documentation and it will help you.

Answered 07/18/2012 by: piyushnasa
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Thanks! Yes, I heard today about this toolkit also. Seems to be the one I was looking for. I'll start playing with it today. I'll keep it posted here.

Answered 07/19/2012 by: lucasour
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Ok, thank you a lot.

This tools works great, and now I have MSI :)

@ Ifan, the /qb switch does not work, but /q works perfect.

 

Now I have to figure out, how to install updates. I cannot use the Adobe Application Manager anymore, cause it supports only .zip files delivered by Adobe/downloaded from their web site, and I have to install update which is not yet availabe there, and these are exe files. I hope there is a simple way to install them silently.

Answered 07/19/2012 by: lucasour
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