has anyone been able to deploy dreamweaver 8 via AD Group policy. I have tried to use wininstall LE 2003, but it goes through a 5 second self heal everytime app is launched under an account with "USER" rights. If account has only admin rights the application seems to work fine. I see the instructios on the main package page, but i dont really follow. If someone could explain to me how to get this working that would be nice. I also got the evaluation copy of wise and i ddidn't work either, I got worse results with wise than Wininstall. I downloaded Flexnet adminstudio, so I will try that. Is dreamweaver just to complex, am I asking for to much?
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Are you trying to do per-machine assignment? If so, Dreamweaver already comes as an MSI, you shouldn't need to repackage with any of those tools (unless you have to for some reason).

You should just need to extract the MSI as per the package knowledgebase, then assign via GPO.
Answered 07/11/2006 by: meastaugh1
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If you go to the following link on Adobe's site, it has a step by step guide how to prepare and then install Dreamweaver over the network via a GPO.

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?event=view&id=KC.a4175402&extid=a4175402&dialogID=33371253&iterationID=1&sessionID=48301cc2b8c26b442167&stateID=0+0+33373024&mode=simple
Answered 07/12/2006 by: northerly
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yes I am trying to do this per machine and the folks that run it will only have "USER" rights to machine.

I have been on that link you posted, but it didn't really help me. Which choice did you make, you use GPO and startup script to install application or GPO and software package (MSI) to deploy dreamweaver. Can you let me know exactly what options you chose in the link you posted.
thanks very much, I have been working on this for about 2 days. What packaging software are you using? Wise or adminstudio?
Answered 07/12/2006 by: cuts
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I took the MSI for Dreamweaver 8, and following instructions from this site on what to put into my transform, used AdminStudio's Tuner to make a response transform and edited with Installshield Editor it to include license/activiation stuff (some of which sits in the profile if I remember correctly). Then I made it a Computer assigned piece of software via GPO (specdifying the MSI and MST). So in this GPO's scope is an AD group of computers to receive it. It installed on each client machine in that group after reboot just fine, and every new-to-that-PC user who logs in gets that license/activation stuff and whatnot dumped into their profile, which takes a couple seconds at most, and they can use the software.
Answered 07/13/2006 by: fosteky
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are you using this FLEXnet InstallShield 12 Professional to create packages, is this what most people used here to edit msi packages and create .mst files for them?
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Robert

I just signed up for the demo of the premier version, what version are you using?
Answered 07/19/2006 by: cuts
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are you using this FLEXnet InstallShield 12 Professional to create packages, is this what most people used here to edit msi packages and create .mst files for them?

If the survey results are anything to go by, the most popular packages are WfWI, WPS and AdminStudio. No surprises there.
Answered 07/19/2006 by: meastaugh1
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I've made a per machine dreamweaver package with WPS 6.
It works great. we are not working with AD but RADIA Deployment Tools.

I didn't use the MSI from Dreamweaver.
I captured the install, put in serial info etc.
Then i moved all files from \username\\Application Data\Macromedia to the ALLUSERS folder.
Same for the license files All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Licensing and also
All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 8\Configuration.

The first time a user clicks on the shortcut of dreamweaver 8 the current user keys are loaded.
This happens only once, next time the startup is fast.

Hope you get dreamweaver working.

Good Luck
Answered 07/20/2006 by: chaosnl
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well you know I had it working with the package I created with wininstall le 2003, only problem was that it would go through the little 5sec install everytime someone without admin rights clicked on it.
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Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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this is really getting to me now. Here is what I have done so far. The only packaging/editing tool I have is wininstall le 2003.

I did an admin install of dreamweaver_8.msi to network share
Then I slipstreamed the 8.0.2.msp into the network admin install
If I run install manually from here, everything is fine, exept for being prompted for
serial number and activation.
OK so to take care of serial and activation I followed what adobe site says to do.
I copied the *.mlf files to location

copy "\\server\appdist\dreamweaver_8\ActRegFiles\*.mlf" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Licensing\Licenses\Dreamweaver 8.0\*.*"

and I also captured the registry changes
\hkey_local_machine\software\macromedia\dreamweaver\8\registration

but after copying the files to their proper location and adding the registry key

when I launch dreamweaver it's still prompting me for the serial number, and idea what I'm doing wrong?

Please help, been working on this off/on for about 3 days.
thanks
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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what is WFWI?
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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am I copying the registration and activation files in the wrong location? It seem like dreamweaver is not able to find it once it is copied in the location, so it's prompting me.
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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it seems to be working now. I also copied the license.mlf to this spot

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Macromedia\Licensing\Products\Dreamweaver 8.0 , it seems like that was missing. Now i will try with an account without admin rights. I wish I didn't have do this the install with a batch file, you know just with .msi so it's a bit cleaner
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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darn, now I have another problem. I decided to install dreamweaver via GPO startup script. But now when I add the msiexec \i "apps path" \qn or \qb, I'm missing the extension manager and one the readme files. It seems like when i manually click through what i want installed, I get the extension manager and both readme file along witht th dreamweaver app in the start|programs files???????? any ideas?
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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sorry for all these post, please forgive me.
so, i'm trying to install dreamweaver silently with the /qn or /qb switch, but when I do this the extension mananger is not installed, if i install with just the msi, by double clicking on it, extension manager is installed and I have no problem. Any idea what is causing this.
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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what is WFWI?

Wise for Windows Installer
Answered 07/20/2006 by: meastaugh1
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any idea why the extension manager isn't getting installed?
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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Extension manager is a separate MSI, isn't it? Have you installed that?
Answered 07/20/2006 by: meastaugh1
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well if I just double click on the dreamweaver.msi it installs the extension manager, I have to select next, next, accept license agreement, etc, I do't get asked to install extension manager. Now if I use that same dreamweaver.msi and install it in a batch file using msexec /i dreamweaver.msi /qn or /qb it installs fines but no extension manager, its confusing. anyone deploy it with the msexec switch in a batch file over network?
Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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Looking at the MSI, it contains a custom action: InstallExtensionsManager.

This custom action is only called from the InstallUISequence table, so is only processed when a dialog (other than basic) is shown. I would suggest you could try calling this custom action from the InstallExecuteSequence table.
Answered 07/20/2006 by: meastaugh1
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oh man!!!!!!!!!!! I cant believe this, it took me all day, but I did a search on msexec switches, because I just had a hunch it had to do with that. I found a switch /qr (quite reduced interface), and this switch did the trick. There are 4 quite modes qb, qr, qf and qn.. Well now I'm going to try it and see if I can deploy this via GPO startup script. Hopes this helps some folks. Hopefully it works well with just having user rights, lol. i'll keep you posted. Now if I could figure out how to uninstall dreamweaver mx 2004 that would be awesome. Any help on that would be nice, i'm sure i have to use the msexec /x switch, will just have to find the uninistall.exe dreamweaver files. I have learned a lot in the past couple days, sometimes it's best we learn the hard way.
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Answered 07/20/2006 by: cuts
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the continuing saga. Well now that I had it doing what I wanted, it was time to see best way to deploy. Adobe article say to use psexec, but I wanted to try AD GPO startup script with a batch file. Dreamweaver installs, but now its missing the extension manager and the extension manager shortcut again, lol. I guess I'll give psexec a try, has anyone used AD GPO startup script with batch file to get dreamweaver to install properly (meaning with extension manager), dreamweaver does install for me.
Answered 07/21/2006 by: cuts
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What's the exact command line you are you using in your batch file?
Answered 07/21/2006 by: meastaugh1
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I am now using psexec to push this application out and it's working fine. I ended up using the /qr swith with msiexec and it installs great. s

One last question.

I see that dreamweaver mx 2004 does not uninstall dreamweaver mx 2004, is there a way to use msexec to uninstall dreamweaver 2004, then I can launch the install of dreamweaver 8??????????????
thanks for all your help on this.
Answered 07/24/2006 by: cuts
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