I have deployed Adobe Reader 7.0.msi via Group Policy and it has worked quite well. I want to deploy the 7.01 update, but cannot figure out how to incorporate that into the .msi. Create a transform file? How would I go about that? I have the file Acro-Reader_701_Update.exe, but I can't figure out how to incorporate it into the 7.0 package. Should I just create a seperate .msi out of the 7.01 update?
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First of all, extract the files & see if it comes with an MSP. If not, use Wise or Install shield to create one, apply it to your source and redeploy. Or just repackage the entire app with the update, and set up the upgrade in GPO.

Its usually an extremely bad practice to package a patch as an msi to patch another msi. Worst case you could have the packages overwriting each other & get repair loops.
Answered 04/08/2005 by: Bladerun
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If you decide to repackage then remember to add a HKCU unique key to force an overwrite of the Current User keys.

Unless the update fixess a known issue that you have in Production or is a security update then I wouldnt even bother updating at this stage because its so new.
Answered 04/08/2005 by: MSIMaker
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I would agree using an MSI as a patch isnt real smart.

Adobe however seem to reach there own heights in stupidity sometimes. They make great software but whoever is creating the packages seems to be trying to make everyones life very difficult.

Disabling admin installs, disabling per use installs may be ok for some but the odd sites requires these.

I too am doing GPO deployment on a new site and all the adobe stuff doesnt like it one little bit.

I have resorted to capturing many of their products that require patches.
Answered 04/10/2005 by: jmcfadyen
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When you install 7.01 update, you will find an msi file in your (Documents and Settings)\(Your account)\Loacl Settings\temp.

Just copy it to another location and patch your package .

Answered 04/27/2005 by: cb
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I know how to patch an msi with a msp update.
But how do I patch a msi with another msi ???

/Ronni Pedersen
Answered 04/28/2005 by: ronnipedersen
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I use GPO to deploy MSI packages.
Add this new package in the same GPO, and declare it as a update package
Answered 04/28/2005 by: cb
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