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Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 2 / 5 (Somewhat Easy) based on 11 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)

Deployment Tip Summary

Uninstall String is: MsiExec.exe /X{AC76BA86-7AD7-5670-0000-A00000000003} /QN
or cancel
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Command Line
AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES

Install reader silently without reboot & already accept EULA (so end users don't have to click yes on first use)
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Command Line
Adberdr1000_en_US.exe /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES REMOVE_PREVIOUS=YES /qn

This will uninstall any previous versions of Reader, and upgrade to the latest.

Tested with reader 9.3.4; effectively uninstalled 9.3.4 and installed Adobe Reader X.
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Note
Grab the enterprise download and extract it using an unzip program (I used 7-Zip). Grab AcroRead.msi and Data1.cab and discard the rest.

You can then provide whatever public properties you want on the command-line as you install from the msi. I used the following.
msiexec /i AcroRead.msi ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES DISABLE_BROWSER_INTEGRATION=YES REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /LiV %temp%\AdobeReader.
log

There doesn't seem to be a requirement to uninstall Adobe Reader 9.x first. On my system, after installation of 10, 9 was gone. No reboot was necessary on a manual install either, but I always keep REBOOT=ReallySuppress in my scripts.

Uninstall command:
MsiExec.exe /X{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA0000000001} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
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Note
A few simple steps to repackage Adobe Reader for unattended install.

First, download the Customization Wizard (CW) from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/10.x/10.0.0/misc/
The CW gives you a lot more control over the installation such as disabling autoupdate, online features and other usefull stuff.

You probably need both the MSI and the EXE files found at ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/
The EXE-file is only needed to extract the setup.ini file which is required by the CW.
If these downloads are unavailable, install Adobe Reader as usual and collect the needed files from %PROGRAMFILES%\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Setup Files.

Install the CW and load the MSI.

Do your customizations and generate a transform.

Create an install script similar to:

---
(vb-script)

strMSI = strScriptFolder & "\AdbeRdr1000_sv_SE.msi"
strMST = strScriptFolder & "\AdbeRdr1000_sv_SE.mst"

objWsh.Run "msiexec.exe /i " & chr(34) & strMSI & chr(34) & " TRANSFORMS=" & chr(34) & strMST & chr(34) & " /q",0,TRUE

---

OR

---
(cmd-script)

msiexec.exe /i [Complete path]\AdbeRdr1000_sv_SE.msi TRANSFORMS=[Complete path]\AdbeRdr1000_sv_SE.mst /q

---
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Command Line
Unpack:
AdbeRdr1000_da_DK.exe -nos_o"C:\TEMP" -nos_ne

Deploy:
"C:\TEMP\Adobe_Reader_X_dk_win32\setup.exe" /sAll /rs /l
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Command Line
10.1 comes with a new updater.

To disable it, pass DISABLE_ARM_SERVICE_INSTALL=1 through as a property on the command-line or add it to the property table.

More information from page 9 of: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83709/attachments/Acrobat_Reader_Updater.pdf

If you want to fully disable updates, then you would also want to ensure that the ARM key is removed HKLM>run.
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Command Line
Attention, the update for 10.1.1 does not integrate like one would expect.

1. Don't use eg. 7zip for unpacking the AdbeRdrUpd1011.msp from the exe. Either download it directly from Adobe or unpack it the Adobe way: AdbeRdr1011_en_US.exe -nos_o"Path to extract files" -nos_ne

2. I have to activate the update in a seperate msi call. Letme post my whole script it outlines it nicely:

rem installing base 10.1.0
msiexec /I AcroRead.msi ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES DISABLE_BROWSER_INTEGRATION=YES REBOOT=ReallySuppress DISABLE_ARM_SERVICE_INSTALL=1 /qn /LiV %temp%\AdobeReader

rem updating to 10.1.1
msiexec /update AdbeRdrUpd1011.msp /qn

try using /qf instead /qn for seeing whats happening.
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Note
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"=-
REM: Above line for Win764 removes unnecessary startup entry

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Adobe ARM"=-
REM: Above line for Win764 removes unnecessary startup entry

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"=-
REM: Above line for XP32 removes unnecessary startup entry

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Adobe ARM"=-
REM: Above line for XP32 removes unnecessary startup entry

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown]
"bUpdater"=dword:00000000
REM: Above line removes ability to update reader for XP32 Win764
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Note

Adobe Customization Wizard 9 does not work with the unpacked file.

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Security
The registry key for disabling Acrobat.com services (which includes create pdf online and sendnow) is the same as the "Disable all Acrobat.com access" key from A9. This would be:

HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Workflows\bEnableAcrobatHS

That value is a DWORD and setting it to 0 DISABLES the feature.

That key disables ALL of Acrobat.com services. If you want to disable just the share pane:
HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Workflows\bEnableShareFile

That value is a DWORD and setting it to 0 disables the feature.
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Virtualization
The best practice related to the App-V sequencing investigated here (Thanks2Aaron):

http://blog.stealthpuppy.com/virtualisation/virtualising-adobe-reader-x/

Disable Protected Mode using the following Registry key (before Stop Monitoring):

Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown
Value: bProtectedMode
Type: REG_DWORD
Data: 0
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Note
ADM file for Adobe Reader 10


I'm testing Adobe Reader 10 for a new revision of our SOE and I've noticed the following in the doco: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/860/cpsid_86063.html

> Cannot open PDF files whose source is DFS or NFS: PDF files in shared locations on a distributed or networked file system (DFS/NFS) cannot be opened. Attempting to open such a file results in an error opening this document. Access denied."

I've verified that we do get the access denied error on Windows XP. I've read reports that this is a bug that is being worked on (http://acrobatninja.blogspot.com/), but as my users need to be able to open files from network drives (DFS), this effectively kills Protected Mode for us unless we can allow exceptions. I suspect a lot of larger enterprises would be using DFS.

Because I still want to roll out X, I've created an ADM file to disable Protected Mode in Reader via Group Policy and set some other settings for both Reader and Acrobat. Just find>replace all instances of "YOUR_COMPANY_NAME_GOES_HERE" with your company's short name (i.e. no spaces!).

Hope this helps.

CLASS USER
CATEGORY !!YOUR_COMPANY_NAME_GOES_HEREHeader
CATEGORY "Adobe Reader 10"

CATEGORY "Preferences"

CATEGORY "General"
CATEGORY "Application Startup"
POLICY "Show splash screen"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNosplash
VALUENAME "bDisplayedSplash"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY
POLICY "Enable Protected Mode at startup"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainProtectedMode
VALUENAME "bProtectedMode"
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Identity"
POLICY "Organization Name"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Identity"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainOrgName
PART "Organization Name." EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "tCorporation"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Internet"
CATEGORY "Internet Options"
POLICY "Connection speed"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\AVGeneral"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainConnection
PART "Connection speed." DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iConnectionSpeed"
ITEMLIST
NAME "56kbps" VALUE NUMERIC 56000
NAME "LAN" VALUE NUMERIC 10000000 DEFAULT
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Spelling"
CATEGORY "Dictionaries"
POLICY "Dictionaries"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainDictionary
PART "Default Dictionary" DROPDOWNLIST
VALUENAME "tDictionaryName"
ITEMLIST
NAME "English (United Kingdom)" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 7
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 7
END ACTIONLIST
NAME "English (United States)" VALUE "English (United States)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 2
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United States)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 2
END ACTIONLIST
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Units"

POLICY "Page Units"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainPageUnits
PART "Page unit" DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iPageUnits"
ITEMLIST
NAME "Points" VALUE NUMERIC 0
NAME "Inches" VALUE NUMERIC 1
NAME "Millimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 2 DEFAULT
NAME "Centimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 3
NAME "Picas" VALUE NUMERIC 4
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY

END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY



CATEGORY "Adobe Acrobat 10"
CATEGORY "Preferences"

CATEGORY "General"
CATEGORY "Application Startup"
POLICY "Show splash screen"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainNosplash
VALUENAME "bDisplayedSplash"
VALUEON NUMERIC 0
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 1
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Identity"
POLICY "Organization Name"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Identity"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainOrgName
PART "Organization Name." EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "tCorporation"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Internet"
CATEGORY "Internet Options"
POLICY "Connection speed"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainConnection
PART "Connection speed." DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iConnectionSpeed"
ITEMLIST
NAME "56kbps" VALUE NUMERIC 56000
NAME "LAN" VALUE NUMERIC 10000000 DEFAULT
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Spelling"
CATEGORY "Dictionaries"
POLICY "Dictionaries"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainDictionary
PART "Default Dictionary" DROPDOWNLIST
VALUENAME "tDictionaryName"
ITEMLIST
NAME "English (United Kingdom)" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 7
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United Kingdom)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 7
END ACTIONLIST
NAME "English (United States)" VALUE "English (United States)"
ACTIONLIST
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling"
VALUENAME "iDictionaryDefaultID" VALUE NUMERIC 2
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrder"
VALUENAME "t0" VALUE "English (United States)"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Spelling\cDictionaryOrderID"
VALUENAME "i0" VALUE NUMERIC 2
END ACTIONLIST
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


CATEGORY "Units"

POLICY "Page Units"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\Originals"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainPageUnits
PART "Page unit" DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "iPageUnits"
ITEMLIST
NAME "Points" VALUE NUMERIC 0
NAME "Inches" VALUE NUMERIC 1
NAME "Millimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 2 DEFAULT
NAME "Centimeters" VALUE NUMERIC 3
NAME "Picas" VALUE NUMERIC 4
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY

END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY
END CATEGORY


END CATEGORY

[strings]
YOUR_COMPANY_NAME_GOES_HEREHeader=YOUR_COMPANY_NAME_GOES_HERE Custom Policies
ExplainNosplash="When disabled, the program will not display a splashscreen on startup.\n\nWhen enabled, the splashscreen will be displayed."
ExplainProtectedMode="When disabled, the program will not run in Protected Mode.\n\nWhen enabled, Protected Mode will run, and may cause compatibility errors.\n\nSee http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/860/cpsid_86063.html for more details."
ExplainOrgName="Enter the organization name by typing it in."
ExplainConnection="To specify LAN, set the connection speed to 10000000."
ExplainPageUnits="Set the page unit from the drop-down list.\n\nThe default is millimeters."
ExplainDictionary="Used to specify the default dictionary to spell checking."
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Command Line
Download the EXE from here:
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.1/en_US/

Command line to install with Progress bar:
adberdr1001_en_us.exe /sPB /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES

Without Progress bar:
adberdr1001_en_us.exe /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES

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Note
To disable Adobe Reader X auto-update set iCheck (dword) to #0.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe ARM\1.0\ARM

Registry Table:
r_DisableUpdate 2 SOFTWARE\Adobe\Adobe ARM\1.0\ARM iCheck #0 Reader_Bin_AcroRd32.exe
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Command Line
Reader 10 still uses the NOS package. To extract the files contained in AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe issue the following command:

AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe -nos_o"Path to extract files" -nos_ne
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Command Line
For Reader X 10.0.0 I used the following...
This is for silent install.

Full Command Line: adberdr1000_en_us.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi /qb- /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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Administrative Install Notes

To make updates easier in the future we decided to try the administrative install process.

We started by downloading the installer from the FTP site. See the notes for that location.

We then used Wise Package Studio to create a transform whose sole purpose was to remove the Desktop Shortcut.

We then placed both the MSI and MST in a folder and created a sub-folder called AIP, which stands for "Administrative Install Point" This nomenclature is directly from the Adrobat Enterprise Administration guide which has been improved quite a bit.

We then ran the following command line from a batch file to create the administrative installation Point (AIP)

SET INST=%~dp0
msiexec.exe /a "%INST%AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi" TRANSFORMS="NoDeskTopShortcut.mst"

This populated our AIP folder with the extracted files from the package.

We then created a batch file and put it and the transform in the AIP folder.

the batch file contents

@echo off
SETLOCAL

SET INST=%~dp0
SET INSTALL_FILE=AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi
MSIEXEC.exe /PACKAGE "%INST%%INSTALL_FILE%" /passive /norestart ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES /Liv "%INST%install.log" TRANSFORMS="%INST%NoDesktopShortcut.mst"
pause
ENDLOCAL
GOTO :EOF

This was used to test our installation.

We later used our template wise script wrapper to encapsulate and deliver the entire package and added the reg modification to disable the auto update that was mentioned previously in this thread.

This gave us an install that did not prompt the user for anything, installed over older versions and will not prompt the user for future updates and turned off browser integration so when PDF's are referenced from a web page they come up out side the browser. This met our requirements list.

By using an administrative install point and using simple batch files to automate it's creation and delivery we hope that we will be able to integrate quarterly updates into the AIP using the examples in the enterprise guide. We presently use wise scripts with logic to detect what version and then install the correct patches that is a pain when there are a lot of patches. Whether the integration route is any better remains to be seen, but it is worth a shot.
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Command Line
msiexec /I AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi AgreeToLicense=Yes EULA_ACCEPT=YES RebootYesNo=No /qb!

MSI downloaded from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.1.0/en_US/AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi
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Note
To disable Protected Mode in 10.1 use this key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\FeatureLockDown]
"bProtectedMode"=dword:00000000
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Command Line
For Reader X 10.0.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /qn /i
Full Command Line: MSIEXEC /I AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi /qn /norestart REBOOT=ReallySuppress EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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Command Line

The update to 10.01 is msiexec /update, not msiexec /i

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Note
The Acrobat Reader X install deletes this msi registry keypath for Acrobat 8 (CS3):

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.RMFFile\CLSID
So Acrobat 8 will launch an msi repair on the next launch. If you're in a pinch you can save that registry entry and put it back in. Your mileage may vary. A Reader X repair won't delete it again. Note that Acrobat 8 and Acrobat Reader 8 were end of lifed in November.
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Note

Here I published a tutorial for it and many others programs. Please comment on the blog if you have questions.

 

http://it-grund.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-deployinstall-silently-and.html

 

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Command Line
For Reader X - Dansk 10.0.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /i
Full Command Line: MSIEXEC /I AdbeRdr1000_da_DK.msi /qn /norestart REBOOT=ReallySuppress EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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Security
Machine policy location to scrobat.com in 10.0

HKLM\Software\Adobe\(product name)\(version)\Workflows >

bEnableShareFile (Toggles file upload and sharing via Acrobat.com)

bEnableRTCAuth (Toggles live collaboration and screen sharing.)

bEnableDocCtrInit (Toggles initiation of shared reviews and forms.)


from the AIM preference reference
note: preference documentation refers to HKCU as the path, the enterprise guide also states that The HKLM path usually mirrors the HKCU path, but is sometimes different. In this case its the same
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Command Line

/sAll /rs

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Note
If you double click the .exe and let the files get extracted, (do not go through the manual install process) you can open the "AdobeSFX.log" file located in the Temp directory and it tells you where the files are extracted to and you can copy them somewhere else. Then cancel the install. Now you will have the files to customize with the wizard.

For WinXP, files are located:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Setup\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA0000000001}

For Win7, files are located:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA0000000001}
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Note

This is more an info note. When installing Adobe Reader X on an ESXi hosted vm protected mode is always disabled. Most likely due to the video driver. We tested this on Windows 7/ XP both with the same results. Though the same deployment job worked fine on physical machines.

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Note
When we tried to use the 10.x Customization Wizard on the cache source files it said the msi was invalid.

So we took the FTP downloaded MSI and tried that and the customization wizard said we were missing the setup.ini

Then we took the setup.ini and setup.exe from the cached files and put them in the same folder as the FTP MSI and the customization wizard created the MST.

The setup.exe would not work with the MSI from FTP, which was no suprise. So we just created a batch file as follows.

@echo off
CLS
SETLOCAL

TITLE Installing Adobe Reader, Please wait...

SET INST=%~dp0
:: The next part is one line.
MSIEXEC.EXE /package "%INST%AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi" /passive /norestart ALLUSERS=2 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES TRANSFORMS="%INST%AdbeRdr1010_en_US.mst"

ENDLOCAL
GOTO :EOF

Note the user of %~dp0 to create the INST variable that anchors the script by giving it it's full path.
This works from mapped or UNC.

The SETLOCAL and ENDLOCAL which set scope of variables is not strictly necessary on such a small batch file
but if it were called from another batch files the variables created would go away after the batch file was exited.

Also be sure you use the double quotes around the paths in the comnmand-line. This makes the whole folder portable
even if the paths have spaces in them.

We seem to have suppressed everything by creating the transform with the customization wizard, but retained the
PUBLIC PROPERITES suggested in the previous Reader appdeploy threads just in case.

And note the use of the GOTO :EOF so that the comments you see below it can be retained in the batch file
for future reference.

Klugy but it seemed to work.
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Command Line
Adobe Reader X uninstall string:

This is for 10.1.1

MsiExec.exe /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA1000000001} /qb!

I believe this one is for the 10.0.1

MsiExec.exe /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AA0000000001} /qb!
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used

"adberdr1011_en_us.exe" /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES REMOVE_PREVIOUS=YES DISABLE_ARM_SERVICE_INSTALL=1 /Li REBOOT=ReallySuppress

Along with pskill to kill any running app/pdf doc
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I usually use this for a silent install. /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES For a progress bar: /sPB /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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adberdr1001_en_us.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi /qb- /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES 

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Here I published a tutorial for it and many others programs. Please comment on the blog if you have questions.

 

http://it-grund.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-deployinstall-silently-and.html

 

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For Reader X - Dansk 10.0.0 I used the following...

Run Parameters: /silent /i
Full Command Line: AdbeRdr1000_da_dk.msi /qn /norestart REBOOT=ReallySuppress EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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To make sure that Adobe Reader supress reboot, Accepts EULA and is available for all user on the computer, and that a Basic userinterface (Progress bar only) with no dialogs and no cancel button is displayed use the following command line:

AdbeRdr1000_da_dk.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress EULA_ACCEPT=YES ALLUSERS=1 /Passive
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The problem has to do with Adobe Reader X's new Protected Sandbox Mode,
the following fix/solution works.

Open up Adobe Reader X
On the Toolbar Menu go to Edit > Preferences
Go to the general tab under Categories.
Untick “Enable Protected Mode at Startup”
If asked if sure, click Yes and then Ok.

Now close Adobe Reader X and try opening a PDF from the internet again. All should be well.


You can disable this through the registry via

HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10\Priviledged\ by setting b4 to decimal 0.

This can be done through group policy preferences and would be necessary for every user.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged]
"bProtectedMode"=dword:00000000

In the Customization Wizard you can drag the registry key from your computer to the mst
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Published the application with group policy and was getting an error message something like : "Adobe Reader requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater. Please go to microsoft.com to download and install."

I opened the MSI with ORCA and removed the row from the LaunchCondition table that had the condition "Not((Not MIN_SYSTEM) And (Not Installed))". I guess that supressed the IE version check.
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In addition to the ADM template provided by nzdude, the following categories can be added to that template to disable JavaScript and the launching of embedded executables.

CATEGORY "Security"
POLICY "Embedded Executables"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainEmbeddedExec
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Originals"
PART !!bAllowOpenFile DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "bAllowOpenFile"
ITEMLIST
NAME !!Yes VALUE NUMERIC 1 DEFAULT
NAME !!No VALUE NUMERIC 0
END ITEMLIST
END PART
PART !!bSecureOpenFile DROPDOWNLIST REQUIRED
VALUENAME "bSecureOpenFile"
ITEMLIST
NAME !!Yes VALUE NUMERIC 1
NAME !!No VALUE NUMERIC 0 DEFAULT
END ITEMLIST
END PART
END POLICY

POLICY "JavaScript Reader 10.x"
KEYNAME "Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\JSPrefs"
EXPLAIN !!ExplainDisableJS
VALUENAME "bEnableJS"
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
bAllowOpenFile="Allow embedded executable to launch: "
bSecureOpenFile="Secure option to allow embedded executable to launch: "
Yes="Yes"
No="No"

; explains
ExplainEmbeddedExec="You can set the Adobe Reader behavior to allow embedded executable files to launch. Allowing embedded executables may allow the distribution of malware. You can further enable or disable access to this option so that users cannot change this. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=6028&tag=nl.e550"
ExplainDisableJS="This option Enables or Disables JavaScript in PDF files. JavaScript is only required for forms that use validation or rich content but are more likely to be used to distribute malware"
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The problem has to do with Adobe Reader X's new Protected Sandbox Mode,
the following fix/solution works.

Open up Adobe Reader X
On the Toolbar Menu go to Edit > Preferences
Go to the general tab under Categories.
Untick “Enable Protected Mode at Startup”
If asked if sure, click Yes and then Ok.

Now close Adobe Reader X and try opening a PDF from the internet again. All should be well.


You can disable this through the registry via

HKCU\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10\Priviledged\ by setting b4 to decimal 0.

This can be done through group policy preferences and would be necessary for every user.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged]
"bProtectedMode"=dword:00000000

In the Customization Wizard you can drag the registry key from your computer to the mst
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Silent install from Adobe Forums:

So the command that can be used for silent install and suppressing EULA is:

AdbeRdr_1000_en_US.exe /sAll /msi /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES
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For a silent installation for example with Empirum:

AdbeRdr1011_de_DE.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi /qb- /norestart EULA_ACCEPT=YES

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Create MST transform with Adobe Customization Wizard X then it's as simple as:

msiexec /i .\AcroRead.msi /TRANSFORMS=.\AcroRead.mst

I would suggest putting all paths in "'s although I found the transform does not always accept the "'s so be warned!

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This is for 10.1.3 more than 10.1.0 but nevermind.... 

Download the 10.1.3 EXE (NOT THE MSI it's broke) extract by running then looking in %TEMP% and picking out the entire folder with MSI etc. download AdbeRdrUpd1013.msp and apply, then use Adobe Customization Wizard X to create MST and then you can deploy correctly via group policy. 

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For a step by step guide on deploying and customising Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) straight through GPO see my blog post:

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/adobe-reader-10-1-3-the-path-of-least-resistance

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For an easy step by step guide on Adobe Reader X (10.1.4) deployable through GPO, while also being customisable, see:

http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/how-to-deploy-adobe-reader-x-10-1-4

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Security
In version 9, you could prevent opening of all attached files in Custom Install Wizard by checking the 'Prevent document from opening other files and launching other applications' box on the File Attachments tab.

The version X Custom Install Wizard X has this option but it doesn't work. As a workaround to achieve this, use the following registry entry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Originals]
"bAllowOpenFile"=dword:00000000
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Virtualization

On Symantec Workspace Virtualization you need to exclude [LOCALAPPDATA]\adobe\acrobat\10.0 in your exclude entries. There may be more but this is all we have found so far.

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It appears there are a couple more entries there is a post on symantec connect that also says you may need

[APPDATA]\adobe
[ALLUSERSPROFILES]\adobe

http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/cannot-capture-adobe-reader-x
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Command Line
For Reader X (10.0.1) 10.0.1 I used the following...

Full Command Line: msiexec /update adberdrupd1001_tier1.msp /qn
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To make the silent installer:

AdobeReaderInstallFile.exe /sAll /rs /l /msi "/qb-! /norestart ALLUSERS=1 EULA_ACCEPT=YES SUPPRESS_APP_LAUNCH=YES"
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Note
To disable the Registration window, block all Connections from the Programs to the Internet.
Specially

PDApp.exe
AAM Updates Notifier.exe
AAM Registration Notifier.exe

It this doesn't work, add the following lines
(before Installation) in the HOSTS File
in "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc


127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobeereg.com
127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 3dns-4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-1.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-4.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-5.adobe.com
127.0.0.1 activate.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 practivate.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 ereg.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 activate.wip3.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 wip3.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 3dns-3.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 3dns-2.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-2.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 adobe-dns-3.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 ereg.wip3.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 activate-sea.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 wwis-dubc1-vip60.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 activate-sjc0.adobe.de
127.0.0.1 hl2rcv.adobe.de

Not an ideal solution to suppress only a registration window but it works
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If you need to uncheck the mark for "Enable protected mode at startup" You can use this registry. It will migrate to current user. It sticks in HKCU even after reboot.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\10.0\Privileged]
"bProtectedMode"=dword:00000000
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