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    Scratch 2.0 Install Method (no .msi)

    I need to install Scratch 2.0 offline editor onto 98 domain laptops. It's a .air installer. Currently there is no .msi available. It also needs Adobe AIR installed to make it run. Adobe AIR also currently has no .msi.

    Is there a clever way to throw this out to all the laptops without needing an .msi? Or do I just have to go to each one...?

    And I know there is a web based version of Scratch 2.0, but headteacher doesn't want to use this as encourages pupils to sign up for an online account and ours are all under 13.

    Server is Windows Server 2013, but these laptops are currently XP. In the process of updating to Win 7 but need a fastish solution if possible to get Scratch out there now they've had the training.
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    Can you create your own installer using something like Wininstall?

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    Air is certainly MSI'able if you go through the usual methods from Adobe for distribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Air is certainly MSI'able if you go through the usual methods from Adobe for distribution.
    Has this changed recently? The last time I wanted to deploy Air via MSI (GPO) I found that it wasn't possible.

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    "Deploying Adobe AIR via Group Policy Objects (GPOs) or Active Directory is not a supported option. If you require this type of deployment, send an email to license-air-enterprise@adobe.com so that Adobe can notify you when that feature becomes available."

    Taken from here : Adobe AIR Runtime Distribution | Adobe

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    We deployed Air last week using SCCM, got the MSI from adobe.

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    We've done the above and it works just fine...

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    I guess its possible through SCCM but not GPO.

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    but headteacher doesn't want to use this as encourages pupils to sign up for an online account and ours are all under 13.
    Curious how the software encourages pupils to sign-up. We use the on-line one at lots of primary schools and I have not been informed that this is an issue (so far).

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    SCCM just used the standard MSI. If SCCM can do it, you can do it with GPO or script too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    SCCM just used the standard MSI. If SCCM can do it, you can do it with GPO or script too.
    I guess the blurb from Adobe does says "not supported" doesn't mean it wont work.

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    This is Adobe after all. Bum and elbow syndrome. If they weren't too busy sitting on their elbows doing nothing they'd notice their documentation was a bit rubbish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    The last time I wanted to deploy Air via MSI (GPO) I found that it wasn't possible.
    The MSI is hidden inside the AdobeAIRInstaller.exe. Extract all of the files using WinRAR or 7-Zip.

    You may also want to disable the automatic updater using an MST (see attached).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The MSI is hidden inside the AdobeAIRInstaller.exe. Extract all of the files using WinRAR or 7-Zip.

    You may also want to disable the automatic updater using an MST (see attached).
    I made the mistake of taking what they said on their website as gospel so didn't get as far as trying to extract the MSI from the EXE. Will do next time I need it though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Air is certainly MSI'able if you go through the usual methods from Adobe for distribution.
    Ok, thanks. I've applied for the AIR distribution licence. However, I still have the problem with Scratch. It comes as an AIR package. Any ideas??? Also, I can't work out how to extract an MSI from an EXE. Looked at WinRAR trial website, but it doesn't list EXE as a package it can extract from. Sorry - I need more basic help with this one.....

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