Posts tagged "Mac"

Mountain Lion and AAMEE

The AAMEE crew has been working with the developer builds of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) since Day One and Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) 3.6 on Day Two. Why did it take us a whole extra day to start testing ARD 3.6? We like to pace ourselves. A wise many named Howard Jones once said: Don’t try and live your life in one day. That’s right, all my deep personal philosophy is culled from New Wave songs. Don’t get me started about the deepness of the Thompson Twins. Maybe you are trying to live your life in one day. Maybe you are an IT admin and you downloaded and tested out the release build of 10.8, the new VMware Fusion Technology Preview and Capser Suite 8.6 all before lunch today. Did you even eat lunch today? Have you moved, at all, from your chair?

Our list of AAMEE issues with OS X 10.8 is super short. In fact, it is just one item at present:

Issue: Package deployment on Mac OS Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) fails for ARD packages (containing Adobe AIR payload) on client machines that have the user logged out.

Solution: While packaging, select Disable All Adobe AIR Installers, Including Adobe Help Manager on the AAMEE Configuration screen. When you select this option, the AIR payload is moved to the Exceptions folder.

Note: For ssh-based installations, regardless of the Mac OS version select the Disable All Adobe AIR Installers, Including Adobe Help Manager on the AAMEE Configuration screen.

Now AIR installers have been causing all kinds of havoc for Mac IT admins since AAMEE was just a little prerelease guy. As such, we finally decided that in the upcoming AAMEE 3.1 that by default we will have the AIR installers disabled. We probably should have done this earlier.

Speaking of AAMEE 3.1…where the heck is it? This time next week, if all the stars align you’ll be happily using the beta of 3.1. More to come soon!

And one last note regarding OS X 10.8, this KB “Digital Signature verification method for pre-Gatekeeper Adobe Installers” may be of an interest for those doing installs of pre-CS6 on 10.8 systems:

 http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/verification-method-pre-gatekeeper-installers-mac.html

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager | Enterprise + Volume | Digital Media | Adobe Systems

Absolute Manage/LANrev & CS5 Deployment

Cross-platform deployment? The crew at Absolute have your back. Their Manage product (formerly LANrev) works on both Macs and Windows and their PDF data sheet entitled Deploying Adobe Creative Suite 5 with Absolute Manage is out now:

http://www.absolute.com/Shared/Datasheets/Abt-AdobeCS5-Info-E.sflb.ashx

Check it out!

Jody Rodgers
Product Manager, Enterprise & Volume Customers
Creative Suite

JAMF’s Casper Suite & CS5 Deployment

Our friends from JAMF have released a tech paper entitled Simplifying Adobe Creative Suite 5 Administration with the Casper Suite. And just when you were about to head out to your summer vacation and thought you didn’t have any beach reading. JAMF’s got you covered! Nobody will kick sand in your face now that you can easily deploy CS5 to Macs across your site.


Check it out:


Jody Rodgers
Product Manager, Enterprise & Volume Customers
Creative Suite

Adobe Application Manager, Enterprise Edition Mac

The Mac version of AAMEE is now Golden Master. It is available at the same link as below. The primary change between the Preview version from last month and the release version now is that there need be nobody logged into the target system in order to deploy via ARD. This particular fix is something that many, many users have requested. Our hope is that it makes AAMEE much more useful for our Mac-based customers.
Update: It seems the DevNet servers are now linking back to a the previous build. Will get this fixed ASAP and update here. –e
Update: We’re back up and good to download. –e

Adobe Application Manager, Enterprise Edition Now Available

Adobe posted the certified version of the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition on our Developer Connection web page as well as our Licensing Web Sit today. You can find the Developer Connection downloads here:
CS5 Enterprise Deployment Toolkit (AAMEE)
Both Windows and Mac versions of freely available to all who wish to use them, including documentation. However, the MacOS version is a “Preview” version only due to a known issue with regard to deploying packages through ARD. When deploying through ARD a user is currently required to be logged in on the target system. We’re trying to fix this bug ASAP and will repost the MacOS version once the bug is fixed and a new build is certified. Current plans are to repost with the ARD fix so that no user is required to be logged in to the target system before the end of June.
Updated: It took much longer than expected to push to production; but, AAMEE should now be available on both LWS and the above URL. The above URL now points to production as well.