Sadly these forums don't seem to have the same level of activity and feedback as the NNTP newsgroup did (sigh). Is there anyone who can advise on this? Thanks again.
Adobe Reader 8.1.7 patch can be applied only over 8.1.6. So first you have to bring all your systems to 8.1.6 and then apply 8.1.7 patch.
Custom settings won't get affected if you install 8.1.7.
If you have a system with 8.1.3 or 8.1.4 or 8.1.5 then do this -
Apply 8.1.6 patch --> Apply 8.1.7 patch
If you have a system with 8.1.6 then do this -
Apply 8.1.7 patch
If you have a clean system then shortest way to install Reader 8.1.7 is-
Install Reader 8.1.3--> Apply 8.1.6 patch --> Apply 8.1.7 patch
NOTE: Reader 8.1.3 is a full installer(msi) whereas 8.1.6 and 8.1.7 are patches(msp).
Thanks for your reply Deepak. That is what I was expecting but when I read the Adobe KB cpsid_49880 (link), it had me feeling somewhat unsure as to what is correct. The "quarterly" and "security" releases and unacceptable upgrade paths.
Due to the intentional difference between "Security" and "Quarterly" Updates, IT professionals desiring to deploy Acrobat or Reader products from an Administration Installation Point (AIP) must follow certain guidelines as noted below.
- AIP Creation: Quarterly Updates cannot be applied to an AIP in which a Security Update was the most recently applied Update. Therefore, to deploy a new full Quarterly Update from an AIP, create an AIP (or use previous) which includes only Quarterly Updates.
To clarify, shown below are examples of acceptable and UNacceptable "AIP" configurations:
Acceptable: Acrobat 9.0.0 (Original Product) -> 9.1.0 (Quarterly) -> 9.1.1 (Security)
Acceptable: Acrobat 9.0.0 (Original Product) -> 9.1.0 (Quarterly) -> 9.1.2 (Quarterly)
Unacceptable: Acrobat 9.0.0 (Original Product) -> 9.1.0 (Quarterly) -> 9.1.1 (Security) -> 9.1.2 (Quarterly)
Note, Attempting to create an AIP using the last configuration shown above will fail. The failure, however, serves to prevent a usage of updates which is not recommended by Adobe.
If I am simply installing via SMS 2003 using the command "AdbeRdrUpd817_all_incr.msp /qb-! /norestart)" do the above rules not apply (given that the end users have a 8.1.6 installed?
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These rules are only for the Admin Install point(AIP) creation and deployment.
Your case is different.
What you are doing looks perfectly fine to me.
Thank you for the confirmation Deepak. I have gone ahead with testing now and then proceed to deploy. Much appreciated.