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Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

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In this post we will look at the steps for deploying adobe reader updates using SCCM 2012 R2. Adobe reader updates are available as .msp files and we will learn how to deploy the same using SCCM 2012 R2. One of the recommended ways to deploy third-party software updates is by using System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP). System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) is a stand-alone tool that is used in conjunction with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager to allow administrators to more accurately and efficiently install and update software. However in this post we will do it in simpler way i.e. by creating an update package and deploying it the collections which already have the software installed.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

First we will create a package for Adobe Reader 11.0.02 and deploy it to a collection. If you know how to create a package and deploy you can skip the below step. In the SCCM console, click on Software Library, click Application Management. Right click on Packages and click Create Package. Provide the Name, Source Folder for the package and click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Choose the Program Type as Standard program. Click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Specify the information about the program as shown in the below screenshot. Click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Complete the Create Package and Program Wizard and click Close. The next step is to distribute the Adobe Reader Program to the distribution point and deploy it to the collection. To distribute the program, right click on the program and click Distribute Content, follow the wizard and wait till the content status color shows green. After that right click the program and deploy it to the collection.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

After you have deployed the Adobe Reader software to the collections, the next step is deploying adobe reader updates using SCCM 2012 R2. In the above example we had deployed Adobe Reader 11.0.02 to client systems, now what if there is a new version of Adobe Reader?.

We have the latest version of Adobe reader 11.0.06 which can be downloaded from here. But since you have already deployed Adobe Reader 11.0.02 to the client systems it makes no sense to deploy 11.0.06 over it again. So we will now deploy only the update patch which will update Adobe Reader 11.0.02 to 11.0.06.

Download the latest version of Adobe Reader from here and extract the executable using the command line AdbeRdr11006_en_US.exe -nos_o”E:SourcesApplicationsAdobe_11″ -nos_ne (where AdbeRdr11006_en_US.exe is the executable name, E:SourcesApplicationsAdobe_11 is the path were the executable is stored).

Note – If you extract the Adobe Reader executable using winrar or any third party software you will not see .msp files. You have to extract it using a command line.

 

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

After we extract the setup file we see that it contains the update .msp file named AdbeRdrUpd110006.msp. This is the update file that we will be deploying using SCCM and this will update the existing adobe reader 11.0.02 version to 11.0.06 version.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Copy the AdbeRdrUpd110006.msp to the folder where Adobe 11.0.02 files exists.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Right click on Packages and click Create Package. Provide the Name, Source Folder for the package and click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Choose the Program Type as Standard program. Click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

Syntax – “msiexec /update msipatchname.msp /qn (OR) msiexec /p msipatchname.msp /qn

Specify the name for the program, enter the command line msiexec /p AdbeRdrUpd110006.msp /qn and click Next.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

We now see that the Adobe Patch package is created. Right the package and distribute the content to the DP. Once the content status of the package shows green deploy it the collections.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

On one the client machine we open the execmgr.log file and we see that the patch file is being downloaded and installed.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2

After few minutes we see that the Adobe Reader is updated to version 11.0.06.

Deploying Adobe Reader Updates Using SCCM 2012 R2