Deploy Adobe Reader using Group Policy

Adobe Reader

  1. Obtain license to distribute Adobe Reader:
    1. Go to Adobe Reader download page and click on "Distribute Adobe Reader".
    2. Fill the form and wait for the confirmation email. This gives you permission to distribute Adobe Reader.
  2. Obtain Adobe Reader .msi file:
    1. Download latest .msi file from adobe ftp server
      Alternately (if Adobe FTP is offline, or your can't find latest .msi version):
      Download normal .exe versions and extract .msi from it::
      Run the .exe file from command prompt with -nos_ne switch. This will extract .msi and other files but won't start installation.
      Move extracted files to your desktop. Check following locations:
      C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe (Windows XP)
      C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Setup (Windows XP)
      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup (Windows Vista / 7)

  3. Customize installation (optional):
    1. Download and install free Adobe Customization Wizard:
    2. Adobe Customization Wizard > Open Package > select your .msi file.
    3. Customise installation settings as required.
    4. File > Save Package. This creates Microsoft Transform (.mst) file in the same folder.
  4. Deploy .msi using group policy.
    If you want to use transformation (.mst) file created in step 3 select Advanced deployment method and add .mst file to the Modifications list.

Windows XP
Windows 7
Adobe Reader 9
Adobe Reader 10 (X)
Adobe Reader 11 (XI)
Adobe Reader DC

Comments (Legacy)  

# Lee 2012-03-29 19:28
The 10.1.2 fails with this method, use this instead.
Please use the correct way to create the AIP as detailed below. The AIP for the full Reader (i.e. AdbeRdr1010_en_ US.msi) must be created as a separate transaction followed by updating the AIP created with the latest patch update (i.e. AdbeRdrUpd1012.msp).

Please see ps/837/cpsid_83 709/attachments /Acrobat_Enterp rise_Admi nistration.pdf for more information on the same.

1. msiexec /a AdbeRdr1010_en_US.msi

(When prompted for an install location enter an appropriate location on your local disk. say C:\AIP)

2. msiexec /a C:\AIP\AdbeRdr1 010_en_US.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd1012.msp
# CB 2011-12-07 20:16
Nice Worked perfect except in Windows 7 the files are extracted to
C:\users\all users\adobe\set up\UUID#\
# jeff 2011-09-07 23:31
C:\Users\yourna me\Desktop\adob e\ReaderX\AdbeR dr1010_en_US.ex e -nos_o"C:\Users \yourname\Deskt op\adobe\Reader X\Extracted" -nos_ne

Create a folder on desktop, call it adobe, create a folder under it, call it ReaderX, then run the above in a batch file, substituting yourname for ..yep your name.(Profile login).
# admin 2010-12-02 17:53
Check C:\ProgramData\ Adobe\Setup
-2 # Guest 2010-12-02 16:46
When doing it using a windows 7 machine the deployment files are not in the expected location. Still trying to find them.


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