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Run a silent installation

When you purchase a volume license for Adobe Creative Suite 2.0, Adobe provides an option that allows you to run a silent installation (that is, an installation with preselected options and no interface) on Windows or Mac OS X. In a silent installation, a custom installer runs the installers for each product in the suite by using command-line installation tools built into the operating system. To run a silent installation, you must create an XML file for the custom installer.

Create an installer XML file

The Adobe Creative Suite custom installer is driven by information provided in an XML file. This XML file describes the products you are installing, the location to which you are installing the products, and their serialization information.

To create an XML file for a silent installation:

1. Using a text editor (for example, Notepad or TextEdit ), copy and paste the following text into a new, plain text document:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

<AdobeInstallerConfiguration version="1.0">

<InstallerInfo platform="win" silentMode="1" targetVolume="C:\" targetPath="Program Files\Adobe\" />

<InstallerInfo platform="mac" targetVolume="/" />

<ProductInfo serial="0000-0000-0000-0000-0000-0000" licensedUserName="Adobe User" licensedUserCompany="Adobe Systems, Inc." />

<Manifest>

<Product name="Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe ImageReady CS2" selected="1" />

<Product name="Adobe Illustrator CS2" selected="1" />

<Product name="Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional" selected="1" />

<Product name="Adobe GoLive CS2" selected="1" />

<Product name="Adobe Version Cue CS2" selected="1" />

<Product name="Adobe InDesign CS2" selected="1" />

</Manifest>

</AdobeInstallerConfiguration>

2. Replace the serial number, user name, and company name with the appropriate information for your installation. Be sure to enter the valid serial number for your volume license. If the serial number in the XML file is invalid, the installer will prompt you for a serial number. If the user name or company name is missing, the installer will prompt you for that information. Some special characters, such as ampersand, that you may use in licensedUserName or licensedUserCompany need to be escaped or expanded to create a valid XML file. For example, for "Dog & Pony", you should enter "Dog & Pony". By default, the installer installs Adobe Creative Suite 2 in the C:/Program Files/Adobe folder on Windows or the /Applications folder on Mac OS X. Specify which applications to install. Leave the value set to "1" to install an application; change the value to "0" (zero) if you don?t want to install it. By default, all applications are installed; if you delete a product name from the XML file, that product will be installed.

Note: Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional and Adobe GoLive CS2 are included only with the Premium Edition. These products won't be installed in the Standard Edition, even if the value is set to "1".

3. Save the file to the desktop, name it "AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml" (without quotation marks), and then close it.

4. Check the validity of the XML file by opening the file in your browser. Most browsers can parse XML and will flag any errors.

Run a silent installation

Use the following procedures to run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 in Windows or Mac OS X.

To run a silent installation in Windows:

1. Insert the Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 CD 1 in your CD-ROM drive. Hold down the Shift key to disable Autoplay.

2. Copy the Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 folder to the desktop.

3. Insert each of the remaining Adobe Creative Suite CDs and copy the folders for each product to the Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 folder on the desktop.

4. Move the AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml file you created in the previous section of this document to the Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 folder.

5. Choose Start > Run.

6. In the Out box, type the following text exactly as it appears (including quotation marks, spaces, and capitalization), replacing " [User Name] " with the name of the user account that you used to log in to the computer:

"C:\Documents and Settings\ [User Name] \Desktop\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\Setup.exe" -installerConfig "AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml"

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I used the following registry entries as part of my silent install vbscript to stop any registration screens appearing when an application (which is part of the suite, ie. Photoshop) is run for the first time

REGEDIT4

// Registry file generated by the Application Launcher.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Registration\Suite\131\2.0.0\255]
"EPIC_REGS_COUNT"=dword:00000000
"EPIC_REGS_DATE"="2005-06-24 07:42"
"EPIC_REGS_LANG"=dword:00000000
"EPIC_REGS_STATE"=dword:00000002
"EPIC_REGS_TYPE"=dword:00000004

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{236BB7C4-4419-42FD-0409-1E257A25E34D}]
"EPIC_REGS_COUNT"=dword:00000000
"EPIC_REGS_DATE"="2005-06-24 07:42"
"EPIC_REGS_LANG"=dword:00000000
"EPIC_REGS_STATE"=dword:00000002
"EPIC_REGS_TYPE"=dword:00000004

change the date strings to anything you want, but keep the format as "yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm" and obviously not some date in the future.
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Another thing to note by doing individual installations. you'll lose the ability to get inventory data from add/remove programs that shows "Creative Suite" and instead will see each app listed out there. That's just one more thing to have to remember when running numbers.

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The best way to redeploy this app is to do each individual piece as it's own MSI, and then distribute all of the pieces together. Most of the apps are an easy repackage with a few exceptions (photoshop, illustrator) and they have been posted on this site.

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I beg to differ with the statement in the previous ‘Note’ of “Each individual CS app is easy repackage”. I found each one an absolute pain to package. For example:

1) The ‘abcpy.ini’ accepts the turning off of dialog windows, but doesn’t take in the Serial Number.

2) You can’t turn off the very annoying ‘Register now or later” user dialog box, per profile.

3) Turning off the ‘Preferences\Updater’ Service is NOT consistent across all packages. For insistence, In Acrobat the following Reg key turns off the Service, but not with other apps.

[HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\6.0\Updater]
"iUpdateFrequency"=dword:00000000
"bShowAutoUpdateConfDialog"=dword:00000000
"bShowNotifDialog"=dword:00000000
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Regarding the entry note on "Run a silent installation":

After some testing I've been observing that the setup.exe uses the "AdobeInstallerConfiguration.xml" if it is present in the same directory as setup.exe. There's no need to call the configurationfile in the commandline.
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Creative Suite 3.x

AdobeÂ’s Documentation
“Enterprise Deployment Options for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Editions and Components”

Pre-serialization, and Suppression of the User Interface, License Agreement, and Updates-

Pre-Serialization – Add a volume serial number during the installation process.
Suppress user interface
Suppress End User License Agreement
Suppress Updates


Create the following file, and name it “application.xml.override”.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Configuration>
<Payload>
<Data key="Serial" protected="0">1111SerialNumber22222</Data>
<Data key="Registration">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="EULA">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>
</Payload>
</Configuration>

To find out where to save this file you need to open the Setup.xml file. This file defines the “Driver Folder”. In the case of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard it’s
Driver folder="AdobeDesignSuiteStandarden_US_Volume"/


In the Deployment directory are the Install.xml and uninstall.xml files. The default was used. Note: any changes must be made in BOTH files.

Command Line
Command Line for PCÂ’s (note: must be deploymentFile!)

“C:\TEMP\Adobe CS3\setup.exe” --mode=Silent --deploymentFile=C:\TEMP\Adobe CS3\deployment\install.xml


The silent install will fail if the clients PC does not have 1 gig of ram or screen settings of 1024 x 768

With direct access to the installation on my C:\ drive it took 30 minutes to install this a family of applications.

Log Files
In Windows, the log files are located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers folder.
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I beg to differ with the statement in the previous ‘Note’ of “Each individual CS app is easy repackage”. I found each one an absolute pain to package. For example:

1) The ‘abcpy.ini’ accepts the turning off of dialog windows, but doesn’t take in the Serial Number.

2) You can’t turn off the very annoying ‘Register now or later” user dialog box, per profile.

3) Turning off the ‘Preferences\Updater’ Service is NOT consistent across all packages. For insistence, In Acrobat the following Reg key turns off the Service, but not with other apps.

[HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\6.0\Updater]
"iUpdateFrequency"=dword:00000000
"bShowAutoUpdateConfDialog"=dword:00000000
"bShowNotifDialog"=dword:00000000
Setup Information:
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Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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Creative Suite 3.x

Adobe’s Documentation
“Enterprise Deployment Options for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Editions and Components”

Pre-serialization, and Suppression of the User Interface, License Agreement, and Updates-

Pre-Serialization – Add a volume serial number during the installation process.
Suppress user interface
Suppress End User License Agreement
Suppress Updates


Create the following file, and name it “application.xml.override”.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Configuration>
<Payload>
<Data key="Serial" protected="0">1111SerialNumber22222</Data>
<Data key="Registration">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="EULA">Suppress</Data>
<Data key="Updates">Suppress</Data>
</Payload>
</Configuration>

To find out where to save this file you need to open the Setup.xml file. This file defines the “Driver Folder”. In the case of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard it’s
Driver folder="AdobeDesignSuiteStandarden_US_Volume"/


In the Deployment directory are the Install.xml and uninstall.xml files. The default was used. Note: any changes must be made in BOTH files.

Command Line
Command Line for PC’s (note: must be deploymentFile!)

“C:\TEMP\Adobe CS3\setup.exe” --mode=Silent --deploymentFile=C:\TEMP\Adobe CS3\deployment\install.xml


The silent install will fail if the clients PC does not have 1 gig of ram or screen settings of 1024 x 768

With direct access to the installation on my C:\ drive it took 30 minutes to install this a family of applications.

Log Files
In Windows, the log files are located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers folder.
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I have Windows XP Service Pack 1 on a Compaq nc6000 computer. I have a service agreement with Adobe. I exhausted their technical resources, followed their technical documents, changed hard disks, changed created new administrators and was never able to load the CS2 Suite.

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C:\PROGRA~1\INSTAL~1\{D52EC~1\setup.exe /Relaunched=yes /Uninstall /Relaunched=yes

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