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Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 2 / 5 (Somewhat Easy) based on 1 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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Summary

Adobe Flash Player is relatively easy and straight forward to package and deploy with automatic updates disabled. As per Administrative Guide by Adobe, we will be creating a mms.cfg file with some configuration inside to disable updates.

Resources

Download the MSI from here: https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
Apply for licence: https://www.adobe.com/products/players/flash-player-distribution.html

Configuration and Deployment

You can do this via creation of an .MST however to be more open to everyone I will do via a .bat file, and assume that the people who can create transforms can do so easily with the following instructions.

Once you have downloaded the MSI from the adobe site, and placed it into a clean directory, create a .txt document in the directory and rename it to “mms.cfg”. Right-click and edit this in Notepad and add the following lines:

SilentAutoUpdateEnable=0
AutoUpdateDisable=1

Save that file and create another .txt file which you will rename to “install.bat”, once again right-click and edit this within Notepad. Add the following lines:

MSIEXEC /I “%~DP0install_flash_player_17_active_x.msi” /QN
COPY /Y “%~DP0mms.cfg” “C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\”

Save the install.bat and then use that for deployment. I’ve tested this and works fine.

NOTE: Make sure this is deployed when no user is logged in, otherwise it can continue to install, and will install, but wont install the actual IE plugin if any instance of IE is open during install.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer Command Line (No MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Platform(s): Windows
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Command Line

i went with the .mst creation option and this is my command line for deployment.

msiexec /i "install_flash_player_17_active_x.msi" TRANSFORMS=myfile.mst /q


Changes i made in the MST file are (In the Property table):

AgreeToLicense=Yes

ISCHECKFORPRODUCTUPDATES=0

RebootYesNo=No

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
  • That would be my personal preference too, even though I wrote the script way on here. :-) MST keeps it clean
  • doesn't seem to work for me. where do I create the mst? Do I just add a folder called transforms with the myfile.mst file located inside that and add to zip? Please advise, thanks
  • I`m using SCCM to deploy therefore not familiar with the "zip" part. i can only assume you are using Dell Case. The transform file is created with InstEd. then you save it in the same location as your installer file, in this case, the MSI file. Good luck.
    • you are correct. I am using dell KACE. I got InsEd! and created the mst file. Now I add that file and the original flash install msi file to a zip and run the command msiexec /i "install_flash_player_17_active_x.msi" TRANSFORMS=myfile.mst /q and nothing happens....shoot.
      • Can`t help you much more if you`re using KACE as i have no experience with it. Try running the command locally. If that runs, at least you know the files are good and you`re problem is on the server side.
      • I'm running into the same issue with this. I put up prompts for the user and even when testing I click install now and it states that it installs (downloads the zip and extracts everything to the kace downloads directory) but never actually installs. I've checked don't prepend msiexec and i've done it unchecked...nothing. Wondering if there is a way to setup the mst to uninstall any previous versions?
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