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Deploying Adobe Reader 9.4 Update

Created: 06 Oct 2010 • Updated: 08 Nov 2010 | 2 comments
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Adobe Reader 9.4 and 8.2.5 have been released, as part of the APSB10-21 bulletin, this is a major security update, which fixes vulnerabilities that are “in the wild” since early September.  Here are the release notes, this mentions this update is “full installer” rather than a MSP based patch.  The update is available on the FTP site as a 41.1 MB MSI file or 26.3 MB EXE. This update also patches Flash Player to the latest version.

Running the MSI will uninstall the old version of Reader and install the new version, losing any customization from your previous configuration.  I assume I’d have to use Adobe Customization Wizard 9 for Reader 9.4 to get a proper configuration again or reuse an existing MST perhaps.  This document goes into more detail about Acrobat/reader update process.

If anyone knows, will Adobe Patch management in CMS support this update, I assume it can’t be used to deploy 9.4 itself but going forward, if you have deployed the release via Software Delivery, it will support subsequent patches, say 9.4.1, if you are already on 9.4?

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pro.gti's picture

No info on SymWISE yet but here it is, it should appear on DOC1951 soon:

I have to test whether this will retain custom settings, I have already built a package for 9.4 separately anyway, in case it doesn't.

pro.gti's picture

Wrapping up this thread, using APSB10-21 in Patch Management, will remove customizations made with Adobe Customization Wizard, so I now have menu items for “Digital Editions”, “Purchase Adobe Acrobat”, “Check for Updates” & “Improvement Program Options”, where I didn’t previously plus updates are set to download automatically and prompt the user to install them.

If we could drop in our custom MST file instead to keep a standard configuration still using PM, that would be useful, otherwise a Software Delivery Task has to be used.