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    Mostly they will be. Flash is OK as long as you get it from the Flash Player Distribution site and with the ActiveX version you can tell SCCM not to install it on Windows 8.1. You still need the plugin version of course.

    Adobe installers can be a real pain in the behind. The only one that causes more pain on a regular basis is the Java installer.

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    Tip for you from my past experiences, don't use the Flash Player MSI to update the version once it's installed - Adobe made a mess of it and it bombs out with errors. Using the EXE with the silent switch however works fine

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    Personally I'd use SCUP to publish the Adobe Reader and Flash Player updates in WSUS

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    Curiously Flash has been the biggest pain so far, out of Java, Flash, and Reader.

    With Java (7u67) I extracted the MSI, and it just worked.

    With Reader I've followed this guide Deploy Adobe Reader 11.0.3 with ConfigMgr 2012 | Bit tedious to go from 11.0.0 to 11.0.7 and then to 11.0.8. I've only just tried to deploy it though, so will wait and see if it works! Perhaps it would just be easier to deploy it as an EXE package? Simpler seems better to me for CM.

    I've failed to get to Flash to deploy. Of course it failed on Win 8, which I hadn't realised. On one test machine it failed because it can't seem to uninstall the previous version, even though when I install it from the web it works fine. I've just about given up with Flash on Win 7, although doesn't it update itself now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Curiously Flash has been the biggest pain so far, out of Java, Flash, and Reader.

    With Java (7u67) I extracted the MSI, and it just worked.
    I've found that doing that may work for the initial installation but as soon as you start trying to update the thing, interesting things start to happen. There was a time that doing that killed ActivInspire which lead to me having a very interesting morning one day.

    The way I deploy Java now is to use a Powershell script to nuke any installed version of Java and install it using the EXE with a /s switch.

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    I had lots of problems with Java and GPO deployment before, which broke Java and caused machines to hang for an hour before logging on (!). It had to be manually updated in that situation.

    Curiously this is updating Java on the tested machines at least (over 30 machines tested). I was at the point of rolling out to the school.

    Not sure if it's version specific issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Now struggling with Adobe Reader. Reader seems to be very complex
    Adobe Reader is easy! Either use SCUP as @nickbro mentioned or the Setup.exe method detailed below. It's much quicker than messing around with creating admin installs.

    1. Extract the MSI from the EXE installer.

      Code:
      AdbeRdr11008_en_US.exe -nos_o"C:\AdobeReaderXI" -nos_ne
    2. Customize the Adobe Reader MSI by using the Customization Wizard. e.g. suppress EULA, disable updates, delete desktop icon, run installer silently etc.

      If you have customized it correctly your Setup.ini file will now look like the one below. The commands highlighted in red will tell Setup.exe to install Adobe Reader silently, apply the customizations in AcroRead.mst and install both 11.0.07 and 11.0.08 patches.

      Code:
      [Startup]
      RequireMSI=3.0
      CmdLine=/sall /rs
      
      [Product]
      msi=AcroRead.msi
      PATCH=AdbeRdrUpd11007.msp;AdbeRdrSecUpd11008.msp
      CmdLine=TRANSFORMS="AcroRead.mst"
      
      [MSI Updater]
      Path=http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/8.x/8.0/misc/WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe
    The install/uninstall commands for SCCM are as follows (use the script-based deployment type):

    Install
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    Setup.exe
    Uninstall
    Code:
    msiexec /x {AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001} /qn
    Last edited by Arthur; 15th August 2014 at 02:14 PM.

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    Having used an ageing Fog server for a number of years I've taken the plunge and just set up a SCCM 2012 server for the first time (as in clicked install and followed the prompts from the CD start screen)

    What do I need to do next? I want to be able to capture images of machines and deploy to other machines.

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