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Deployment Tips (8)

Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 1 / 5 (Very Easy) based on 4 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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Command Line
You can package Adobe Reader DC (Document Cloud) in the same way as the XI.

Download the offline executable and extract the .msi

AdbeRdrxxxxxxxx.exe -nos_o"C:\MyFolder" -nos_ne

Also download the Adobe Customization Wizard DC and install it. Now you can open the AcroRead.msi and generate a Transform. After you finish you can install the new Reader with the following command.

msiexec /i AcroRead.msi transforms=AcroRead.mst /quiet /l*v %TEMP%\adobereader_DC_15.007.20033.log
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Repackaged (to a setup.msi)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • Any clues where to get the offline executable from? Can't find it like I have for previous versions.
  • http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/
  • I'm deploying this through KACE using a script to call the msi file from a zip file that contains the other needed adobe reader files. My only issue is I can't get to successfully fun when I try the transforms=acroread.mst switch. If I omit that portion then it runs fine.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to deploy this using a script with KACE?
  • Scratch that last comment. I was able to get it working by using TRANSFORMS=AcroRead.mst in the Additional Properties box in the MSI installer in KACE. Set the silent option and it worked like a charm.
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Note
Be aware that Adobe in their infinite wisdom have decided that the tool pane that sits on the right hand side when you open the reader can not be permanently turned off in this version. So if like us you call the reader from with a program you will get the tool pane which makes it unusable for us. Adobe are aware of the issue and "it will be fixed in a future version"
Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
  • The visibility of the Tool pane can actually be determined by the PDF document itself (weird, I know). Also, you can customize what things appear in the Tool pane. Not what you're looking for I know, but I figured it was worth knowing.
4
Note
There is a blue box, from the initial dialogue, its a bit naggy, to get rid of it, deploy this HKCU key
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]
"bHideUnreadMsgAtLaunch"=dword:00000001
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • You can also set this key in HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral (Create the entry if it doesn't exist). This removes the requirement for HKCU manipulation to hide this screen.
3
Note

There is a new dialogue box on first launch....

This release makes your document productivity tasks easier and faster by enabling connected tool access and
preference management with your Adobe ID. Starting with this release you have the option to share
information with Adobe about howyou use the application, This option is turned on by default This
information is anonymous and will help us improve product quality and features. You can change the setting
anytime in the Preferences under Usage Information.

This can be controlled with these HKCU reg keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader DC]
"OptIn"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\UsageMeasurement]
"bHeadlightsNoticeShown"=dword:00000001

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
3
Note
Because we had problems printing PDF documents to the biopdf-printer, we needed to add the Reader setting "let printer determine colors"

I couldn't find any information which would be the correct registry setting though I found more than one post asking this question. So I decided to add this information here.
To add the tick to "let printer determine colors" in the advanced printing options, set
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\Originals]
"sPrinterSpace"=hex:44,72,75,63,6b,65,72,2d,2f,50,6f,73,74,53,63,72,69,70,74,\
  2d,46,61,72,62,6d,61,6e,61,67,65,6d,65,6e,74,00

To remove the tick, remove this registrysetting completely.

The setting iColorHandling gets set when doing the act manually, but I could not determine any change when modifying this setting.
Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
3
Command Line
This is the way that i am deploying Adobe Reader DC for the K1000 and K2000.

K2000:
1) Download the current version(or version you want) to deploy from: "http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/"
2) Upload the reader DC .exe file to your post-installation task for Reader DC
3) Enter the following command into the Parameter box:
    AcroRdrDC1701220093_en_US.exe /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES
4) Save
SEE FIG.1 below for reference:
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FIG.1

K1000:
1) Download the current version(or version you want) to deploy from: "http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/"
***Make sure you have a PC with your KACE agent installed and install the version of reader you need.
***Make sure the PC has been inventoried by KACE so the version of Adobe Reader DC now shows up in software.
2) In Managed Installations select your Adobe Reader DC package or create one selected action, then New.
3) Under Associated File: Associate the reader DC .exe file you downloaded.
4) under Installation Options: Select Override DEfault Installation and Enter the following command line:
    AcroRdrDC1701220093_en_US.exe /sAll /rs /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES
5) Check the "Don't Prepend msiexec.exe" box.
6) SAVE
SEE FIG.2 below for reference:
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FIG.2

*NOTE: I'm not having it set adobe as default pdf reader as we allow users to decide. if you want to add that you can easily apply it to the command string after the /msi section with LEAVE_PDFOWNERSHIP=NO.

Hope this is helpful.
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer Command Line (No MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
2
Note
Install the Adobe DC Extended Asian Language Pack silently

1. Verify that Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is installed
2. Download the windows installer (.msi) from (https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5877)
3. Run command: FontPack1500720033_XtdAlf_Lang_DC.msi /quiet

Uninstall the Adobe DC Extended Asian Language Pack silently

1. Run command: MsiExec.exe /x{AC76BA86-7AD7-2530-0000-AC0F074E4100} /quiet
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer Command Line (No MST)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s):
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Command Line

So, windows 10 now.
A slightly different way of handling FTA's (File Type Associations), in the OS and as it turns out, with Adobe Reader.

The guys here have been playing with GPOs and FTAs on the machines, yesterday I was getting a different dialogue.

today I get this..

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So, users can click the box, dont show again...

or inside Adobe Reader, use the preferences (Ctrl-K), in General settings, all the way down the bottom there is a tick box..

Tell me if Adobe Reader DC is not my default PDF application..

punchline is... the reg key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVAlert\cCheckbox]
"iAppDoNotTakePDFOwnershipAtLaunchWin10"=dword:00000001

pop that into the package with the Adobe Customisation tool and your good to go.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
  • So what does this do exactly? Disable the popup completely?
    • yep, they wont see it, they can still go in and change it afterwards, but it wont nag them.
  • Does somebody know if this works also when deploying with SCCM as system account. Because this registry key is in "CURRENT_USER". I think it will only work for the user logged in when installed.

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