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Install and remove Acrobat products using the command line (7.0 on Windows)

What's covered

Introduction

InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat

Command line examples: Install Acrobat 7.0

Command line examples: Patch Acrobat 7.0

Recommendations for creating and updating an Administrative Installation Point

Command line examples: Remove Acrobat 7.0 silently

Troubleshooting

Additional information

Introduction

Adobe has tested and supports the installation of Adobe Acrobat 7.0 products using the command line. You can use command line methods to install software in many ways, such as typing commands at a command prompt or in a batch script (.bat file) or using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS).

This document provides sample command line syntax that you can use to install Acrobat 7.0 products, as well as resources for further information.

The command line syntax is part of the Windows Installer and was not invented by Adobe. Microsoft Installer (MSI) technology is based on Microsoft Windows Installer technology. Adobe provides this information on command line syntax as a courtesy, but Adobe technical support can not help you craft command line syntax to fit specific situations and environments. Please see the "Additional information" section of this document for additional documentation.

Note: The examples given below refer to Acrobat 7 Professional but also apply to Acrobat 7 Standard and Adobe Reader 7.

InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat

InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat enables you to customize, or tune, the Windows installer for Adobe products prior to deployment across an enterprise. Acrobat 6 products were the first Acrobat products to use a Microsoft Installer-based installation. Although many tools (such as Orca and Admin Studio) can be used to customize Microsoft transform (MST) files, Adobe Technical Support only supports InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat.

For more information about using InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat see the document "InstallShield Tuner 7 for Adobe Acrobat" on the Adobe website at http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/acrobat/InstallShieldTuner7.pdf .

Command line examples: Install Acrobat 7.0

These examples demonstrate different ways to install Acrobat products using the command line. You may need to modify the command line to suit your environment, changing paths and file names as appropriate. Extract the Acrobat 7.0 installation files from the Electronic Software Download (ESD) or from the Acrobat 7.0 folder on the installation CD.

To install an Acrobat product with customizations created in InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat:

msiexec /i AcroPro.msi TRANSFORMS="AcroPro.mst" /qb /L*v c:\acrobat.log

The /qb switch in the command above indicates the user interaction level for this installation. For more information on command line options for msiexec, see "Additional information" at the end of this document. The TRANSFORMS property tells the installer the name of the MST file that you customized in Tuner. /L*v sets verbose logging for the Windows Installer.

Command line examples: Patch Acrobat 7.0

You can use a utility like WinZip or WinRAR to extract the Acrobat 7.0 ESD, 7.0.5 and 7.0.7 MSP files. To extract the file, right-click the update executable and select Extract.

Note: In the instructions below, substitute Ac705PrP_efgj.msp (Acrobat Professional) with Ac705StVP_efgj.msp for Acrobat Standard, and Ac705RdP_efgj.msp for Adobe Reader. The 7.0.7 MSP file does not need to be renamed.

To install an admin source location for Acrobat product:

msiexec /a AcroPro.msi TRANSFORMS="AcroPro.mst"

The command above installs all the files to a location of your choice without making changes to the registry and will allow you to combine the Acrobat 7.0.5 patch within that installation.

To install an admin source location for Acrobat with the Acrobat 7.0.5 patch:

msiexec /a AcroPro.msi /p Ac705PrP_efgj.msp

To install the 7.0.7 patch to the source location:

msiexec /a AcroPro.msi /p Acro707.msp

The command above patches all the files in the admin installation, allowing you to install 7.0.7 without needing to apply patches later on.

To patch an already existing installation of Acrobat 7.0 - 7.0.8:

msiexec /p Ac705PrP_efgj.msp REINSTALLMODE=omus REINSTALL=all REBOOT=REALLYSUPPRESS /qn

msiexec /p Acro707.msp REINSTALLMODE=omus REINSTALL=all REBOOT=REALLYSUPPRESS /qn

msiexec /p Acro708.msp REINSTALLMODE=omus REINSTALL=all REBOOT=REALLYSUPPRESS /qn

The command above allows you to patch an already installed copy of Acrobat 7.0 regardless of the version.

Recommendations for creating and updating an Administrative Installation Point

Note: Administrative installation Points lay out the installer according to the directory table in the MSI database. One advantage of Administrative Installation Points is that they can be patched directly, easing deployment and updating of packages already assigned to collections or groups. Because Acrobat Tuner 7 allows users to customize which files are installed, some care must be taken when making an Administrative Installation Point for Acrobat 7 and Adobe Reader 7 to ensure that any files that were included with the transform are laid out properly in the Administrative Installation Point directory structure.

To create and update an Administrative Installation Point:

1. Copy the installer files from the Acrobat 7 CD to a location of your choice and create a transform (MST) file using InstallShield Tuner for Acrobat 7.

2. Select Start > Run and type CMD in the text box to open a Windows command shell. Change the directory to the location to which you copied the Acrobat 7 CD.

3. Create an Administrative Installation Point in a new directory of your choice by typing the following command into the command shell:

msiexec /a acropro.msi TRANSFORMS=acropro.mst

4. Copy the MST file you created in step 1 to the location of the Administrative Installation Point.

5. Copy the MSP file for the 7.0.5 patch to the location of the Administrative Installation Point.

6. Copy the MSP file for the 7.0.7 patch to the location of the Administrative Installation Point.

7. Copy the MSP file for the 7.0.8 patch to the location of the Administrative Installation Point.

8. To apply the patches to the install point, type the following commands into the command shell:

msiexec /a acropro.msi /p Ac705PrP_efgj.msp

msiexec /a acropro.msi /p Acro707.msp

msiexec /a acropro.msi /p Acro708.msp

9. To install Acrobat 7.0.8, type the following command into the command shell:

msiexec /i acropro.msi TRANSFORMS=acropro.mst /qb.

For more information on Administrative Installation Points, please see the "InstallShield Tuner 7 for Adobe Acrobat" Question Log on the Adobe website at http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/webseminars/Tuner7-QA.pdf .

Command line examples: Remove Acrobat 7.0 silently.

A silent removal runs without any dialog boxes to show the user that the removal is running. Acrobat Professional, Standard and Reader all use the same command line and the same installer file for silent updates:

msiexec /x { [ProductCode] } /qn

[ProductCode] is the product code of the specific application. Use the following product codes for English language products:

-- For Acrobat Professional 7.0 retail edition: {AC76BA86-1033-0000-7760-000000000002}

-- For Acrobat Professional 7.0 volume license edition: {AC76BA86-1033-0000-7760-100000000002}

-- For Acrobat Standard 7.0 retail: {AC76BA86-1033-0000-BA7E-000000000002}

-- For Acrobat Standard 7.0 volume license edition: {AC76BA86-1033-0000-BA7E-100000000002}

-- For Acrobat 3D retail: {AC76BA86-1033-F400-7760--000003D0002}

-- For Acrobat 3D volume license edition: {AC76BA86-1033-F400-7760-1000003D0002}

-- For Reader 7.0: {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A70000000000}

-- For Reader 7.0.5: {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A70500000002}

-- For Acrobat 7.0.1 and Reader 7.0.1 Update: {AC76BA86-0000-7EC8-7489-000000000702}

-- For Acrobat 7.0.2 and Reader 7.0.2 Update: {AC76BA86-0000-7EC8-7489-000000000703}

-- For Acrobat 7.0.3 and Reader 7.0.3 Update: {AC76BA86-0000-7EC8-7489-000000000704}

-- For Acrobat 7.0.5 and Reader 7.0.5 Update: Use the product ID for 7.0 listed above

-- For Adobe Acrobat 7.0.7 and Reader 7.0.7 update: {AC76BA86-1033-F400-7760-100000000002}

-- For Adobe Acrobat 7.0.8 and Reader 7.0.8 update: {AC76BA86-1033-0000-7760-100000000002}

Important: You must include the braces in the command line. An MSI package can be substituted for the Product Code.

Troubleshooting

If you get "Incorrect command line parameters" when you install using Msiexec:

-- Make sure there is a space before the log file name if you use the syntax for writing a log file.

-- Make sure you have not placed a /qn switch between the /i switch and the name of the MSI file.

-- Make sure the syntax is correct.

Additional information

For more information about deploying Acrobat, see the following websites:

http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/acrobat/SMS.pdf

http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/acrobat/GPO_AD_7.pdf

http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/acrobat/Tivoli_Acro7_UserDocument.pdf

For more information on Command Line Options for Msiexec.exe, see the following websites:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/msi/setup/command_line_options.asp

http://helpnet.installshield.com/robo/projects/helplibdevstudio9/IHelpCmdLineMSI.htm

www.microsoft.com/technet//prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/proddocs/standard/msiexec.asp


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