Sunday, 9 August 2009

Installing Adobe CS3

As promised here is a guide for how we install Adobe CS3 without a Software Management Server.

Step 1: Copy the contents of CD to a share on the server e.g.\\server\cs3 and change Adobe CS3 folder to Adobe_CS3 so that it contains no spaces.

Step 2: Run \\server\cs3\adobe_cs3\setup.exe --record=1
This will run through the setup but not install any software. Select what programs you want to install and where you want to install them. This will create 2 XML files in
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Installers\

Step 3: Put the 2 XML files you just created in \\server\cs3\adobe_cs3 and rename them install.xml and uninstall.xml

Step 4: In \\server\cs3\adobe_cs3\ identify which of the folders in the Payloads folder is the driver payload folder. To do this open the Setup.xml file and locate the following line:

Make a note of the driver pa
yload folder name (for us this is AdobeWebSuitePremiumen_US_Volume)

Step 5: Create an application.xml.override file. Open Notepad and type the following XML script putting in your serial number:

Save this in the driver payloads folder (e.g. AdobeWebSuitePremiumen_US_Volume) as application.xml.override

Step 6: Create a batch file to install CS3 (pointing the deployment to your xml file created and the executable). Either:

  1. Check if already installed (depending on what you want to install you can change the reg key to Photoshop, Flash, etc.) and if not install silently:

reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Dreamweaver\9.0\Installation

if %errorlevel%==1 (goto DeployCS3) else (goto End)


start /wait \\server\CS3\Adobe_CS3\Setup.exe --mode=Silent --deploymentFile="\\server\CS3\Adobe_CS3\Install.xml"


  1. Just install silently:

start /wait \\server\CS3\Adobe_CS3\Setup.exe --mode=Silent --deploymentFile="\\server\CS3\Adobe_CS3\Install.xml"


Step 7: Create a group policy to install CS3 using the batch file as a logon script. You can now install the software two ways. Either create an ‘install cs3’ user, apply the group policy you just created to it and when you logon it will install the software (we use NetSupport School so we can log all the machines on as a user remotely). Alternatively, you can apply to users who need the software and use the check if installed script (script A above).

Just running the batch file will install the software silently (no need to put in product key, choose programs or register).

Hope this wasn't to difficult to follow.

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