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Applicability rule for Adobe Reader Upgrade

Created: 25 Feb 2013 • Updated: 25 Feb 2013 | 5 comments
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I am currently working on updating our machines with Adobe reader 11.0.02 using a Managed Delivery Policy. Some of our users don't use Adobe Reader and  I don't want to install Adobe Reader for them. I was thinking of using Applicability Rule to determine if any version of Adobe Reader is installed and if not, don't install version11.

How do I go about creating the applicability rule? I know I can create a filter of machines with any version and target them, but I am more interested in using the Applicability Rule route. Also, since we have 32bit and 64bit OSs, how do I create a Smart Rule that will work for both OSs.


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andykn101's picture

First thing is that you build rules the same way whether they are applicability or detection rules.

Using the AND/OR logic you can make rules quite complex but you can only invoke one rule for any Software Release/Update/Service Pack.

If you were really lucky your Applicability Rule might just be:



Registry Key Exists


Just make sure you testy your rule on different versions of Adobe Acrobat, you can use a dummy install command line to test.

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huseinm's picture

Thanks Andy, that works. Can I add another condition on the same rule to also check on 64bit OS

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Acrobat Reader

huseinm's picture

I figured out the logic. If Adobe reader is not installed, HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Acrobat Reader or HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader is not present. Thanks Andy!

AngelD's picture

That is one way to do it ;)

There is no need for an Applicability rule

Create a Software Update for the Adobe Reader Software Release and then configure the policy installing Adobe Reader to update existing installations.