Feb 242012
 

Notes on how to install Adobe Reader, Flash Player and Java on all clients in an Active Directory environment using group policy.

Adobe Reader

get msi + msp from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/
MUI = multi language

Create AIP from .msi, choose network location accessible from all clients, DFS is nice for this:

Patch the .msi-created AIP to latest version:

AIP = Administrative install point, basically a directory where the installer gets unpackaged. Main dir contains a .msi file used for deployment.
Each .msp patches the original .msi, so won’t be able to update on next patch, will need msi + msp again.
There’s a new msi every time the second digit in version changes

Adobe Flash Player

http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

needs distribution license
to disable auto update create a file named “mms.cfg” that contains one line:

This is system-wide, regardless of individual user prefs. The file goes in ‘%systemroot%\System32\Macromed\Flash’ for win32 and ‘%systemroot%\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash’ for win64. Can use Computer settings -> Windows Settings to deploy the file.
The 64bit package also contains the 32bit version (rly?). Check what it updates, don’t update 64 with 32.

Java

http://ivan.dretvich.com/2011/06/how-to-package-and-deploy-java-jre-1-6-0_26-via-group-policy/
good stuff there, kinda makes the rest of this post obsolete

UPDATE: The .msi file can be extracted from the offline install executable:
Download the Windows Offline Installation executable (.exe) file.
Launch it, no need to install, just launch.
Whit the installer open, go to %APPDATA%\Sun\Java. The .msi will be there.

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