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How to create an Acrobat 9.x.n Admin Install Point (AIP) – integrate MSP patches to a MSI installer

NOTA: this article is not an Adobe publication, and carries no guarantees of accuracy. This article may be subject to change at any time.

The technique described here can be applied to patch all the way to 9.4.x and beyond. It can also be applied to other MSI+MSP’s in general :-)

Normally to get your Acrobat to version 9.2, you must first install v9.0, then install 9.1.0, then proceed to 9.1.2, before applying 9.2 – applying each manually, instalelr after installer. If you are administering multiple computers, you may wish to create a standalone installer, that includes all the patches up to 9.2 for example.

Here’s how to do just that, refined from a procedure sent to me by a colleague, Steve. All together now: “Thank you Steve!!” :-)

To determine exactly which patch files you need (and which you should not install as part of the AIP chain) please refer to http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/498/cpsid_49880.html

The patch files can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?platform=windows&product=1

  1. Copy the media Setup files to a location (i.e. C:\Acrobat9\) on your hard drive.
  2. Create a folder to a location on your hard drive (i.e. C:\A920aip\). This will be the AIP folder.
  3. Open the command prompt.
  4. Navigate to the media Setup files that you copied to your hard drive.
    $> cd C:\Acrobat9\
  5. Run the setup.exe to confirm the installer files are volume, by checking if there’s an option to install as trial.
    • If install as trial has been greyed out, then the files are volume and you can go ahead with the next steps.
    • If the trial option is available, first check that the full qualified path of the location to the installer files does not contain any Unicode characters (Cyrillic, Greek, etc).
    • If it doesn’t then it is necessary to obtain the correct installer files before continuing with the next steps
  6. Once the above preparation is done, you can either perform the full-interactive steps as follows, or run the silent method as described further down.

  7. Run administrative installation from the command prompt.
    $> msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi
  8. When prompted point it to the AIP folder (i.e. C:\A920aip\).
  9. Place the following Acrobat MSP update files into the AIP folder:
    { AcroProStdUpd910_T1_T2_incr.msp ,
    AcrobatUpd912_all_incr.msp ,
    AcrobatUpd920_all_incr.msp }
  10. At the command prompt, navigate to the newly created folder that has the AIP files.
    $> cd C:\A920aip\
  11. At the command prompt run the Acrobat 9.1 Update, specifying the fully qualified path to the MSP file
    $> msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcroProStdUpd910_T1_T2_incr.msp
  12. When prompted by the Acrobat installer, point the patch installation to the folder that you are running the installation from (i.e. C:\A920aip\ , the AIP folder). Let the installer run, and terminate.
  13. At the command prompt run the Acrobat 9.1.2 Update, specifying the fully qualified path to the MSP file
    $> msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcrobatUpd912_all_incr.msp
  14. When prompted by the Acrobat installer, point the patch installation to the AIP folder. Let the installer run, and terminate.
  15. At the command prompt run the Acrobat 9.2 Update, specifying the fully qualified path to the MSP file
    $> msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcrobatUpd920_all_incr.msp
  16. When prompted by the Acrobat installer, point the patch installation to the AIP folder. Let the installer run, and terminate.
  17. You should now have a complete Acrobat 9.2 MSI and administrative install point set of files

The following script is the silent equivalent of the steps above. Write it to a BAT file and run it.

cd C:\Acrobat9
mkdir C:\A920aip
msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi TARGETDIR=C:\A920aip /passive

cd \A920aip
msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcroProStdUpd910_T1_T2_incr.msp TARGETDIR=C:\A920aip /passive
msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcrobatUpd912_all_incr.msp TARGETDIR=C:\A920aip /passive
msiexec.exe /a AcroPro.msi /p C:\A920aip\AcrobatUpd920_all_incr.msp TARGETDIR=C:\A920aip /passive