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[How To] Silent Install | Adobe Reader 11.0.1

Jan 9, 2013 10:52 AM

Download the latest Adobe Reader exe from FTP
- ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/
- 11.x > 11.0.01 > en_US > AdbeRdr11001_en_US.exe

 

** I recommend using a VM for the following **

 

  • Copy the EXE to your virtual machine.
  • Run the EXE, but do not click 'Next'
  • Go to Start and run and type '%ProgramData%\Adobe\Setup' and hit OK.
  • Here you will find the extracted installation files in a folder '{AC76.....}'
  • Copy these files to another location.

 

 

Once copied to another location, you can cancel the setup.

 

  • Open the 'AcroRead.msi' in Adobe Customization Wizard XI.
  • Make any changes necessary for your environment.
    • Such as Silent, accept EULA, supress reboot, disable product updates, etc.
  • Once all changes are complete, go to 'Transform' and then 'Generate Transform'
  • Save this file as 'AcroRead.mst' in the same directory.
  • Go to file and 'Save Package' to save the MSI.
  • The setup.ini will now include 'TRANSFORMS=AcroRead.mst'

 

Being that you made the customized MST file, you can now run the 'Setup.exe' and it will pull whatever settings you created. If you chose to do silent, it will run as that. You can now deploy this through SCCM as a package, or deploy through Group Policy.


This is one method for producing a deployable package. Option 2 is downloading the latest MSP from the FTP and applying through the main 11.0.0 MSI. There will not be one MSI provided from Adobe for updates such as this, but rather the additional MSP files.

 

I hope this helps.

 
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    Feb 14, 2013 10:32 AM   in reply to Baigley

    Updated version to deploy updates and customizations through GPO:

     

        Download the latest Adobe Reader Multilingual msi installer and msp updates:

    - http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform =Windows

    - Adobe Reader 11.0 - Multilingual (MUI) installer         135MB         10/14/2012

    - Adobe Reader 11.0.01 update - Multilingual (MUI) installer     10.5 MB     1/8/2013

        Copy these files to the same location.

     

        Open the 'AcroRead.msi' in Adobe Customization Wizard XI.

            Adobe Customization Wizard XI download.

                ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/11.x/11.0.00/misc/CustWiz110 00_en_US.exe

        Make any changes necessary for your environment.

            Such as Language, Silent, accept EULA, supress reboot, disable product updates, etc...

        Once all changes are complete, go to 'Transform' and then 'Generate Transform'

        Save this file as 'AcroRead.mst' in the same directory.

        Go to file and 'Save Package' to save the MSI.

     

        On your local computer, launch this command to encapsulate the .msp update into the .msi installer from a DOS command prompt :

    msiexec /a AcroRead.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd11001_MUI.msp

        Copy the folder in a share and configure GPO using the msi package and mst file

     
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    May 10, 2013 8:24 AM   in reply to Baigley

    This helped me setup my transform but to deploy on SCCM 2012 but I would like to note one thing that I had to do. In Appications -> deployment types and properties of the install I had to change the command line to...

     

    msiexec /i "AcroRead.msi" /q TRANSFORMS="AcroRead.mst"

     

    If you do not have the quotes around AcroRead.mst then it won't work.

     
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