“Slipstream” Adobe Acrobat Pro Updates


Seems like one of those really annoying things out there is deploying an installation of Adobe Acrobat Pro with all (or most) of the updates at once. Of course, this pertains to the Windows version. After doing some intense research and looking through the bits and pieces if suggestions that are out there, I found a much easier way to integrate all the updates into one package.

This one is tricky, you can’t just use the traditional method of running msiexec with the /p parameter and patch over the MSI. What makes it worse is that certain updates can’t be slip streamed or they will prevent future updates from being applied. One can only imagine the headaches that can come out of trying to deploy this without having to install the numerous patches after.

As of writing, the Adobe website only offers Acrobat Pro 9.0 as a download (trial) and it is likely the same for those that have access to the Adobe Licensing website. The problem is that the latest update brings Acrobat Pro to version 9.3.4. How? Via 10 .msp patches: 9.1.0, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3, 9.2.0, 9.3.0, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4. These msp’s range from a mere 1.6MB to a whopping 126.7MB each!

Enough chatter, let’s get started. Looking at the Adobe knowledgebase article, there’s a specific order & specific patches we must apply upon “slipstreaming”. Here’s the website: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/498/cpsid_49880.html.

In short, only “Quarterly” updates can be slipstreamed in order to allow future updates to be integrated. So to bring 9.0 up to 9.3.3 (can’t do 9.3.4 because it’s a “Security” update, we need the following patches:

9.1.0 :: AcroProStdUpd910_T1T2_incr.msp
9.1.2 :: AcrobatUpd912_all_incr.msp
9.2.0 :: AcrobatUpd920_all_incr.msp
9.3.0 :: AcrobatUpd930_all_incr.msp
9.3.2 :: AcrobatUpd932_all_incr.msp
9.3.3 :: AcrobatUpd933_all_incr.msp

You can download them from Adobe here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows.

You will also need a copy of the Acrobat Pro 9.0 installation. If you are a retail user, you can download the Trial version from Adobe’s public website. If you are an enterprise or volume license user, you must download from the Adobe LWS. Both user types can use the original installation media (CD/DVD) but make sure you substitute the corporate for the retail version or vice versa.

If you downloaded the installers, extract them to a folder. If you have the the CD/DVD, copy the “Acrobat Professional 9” folder to a writable location. Inside this folder you should see setup.exe, AcroPro.msi, Data1.cab, setup.ini, a few mst’s, etc.

Now copy the .msp files (updates) you downloaded into the same folder. Open up setup.ini in an editor like notepad and underneath the “[Product]” section, append the following to the end of the section:

PATCH="AcroProStdUpd910_T1T2_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd912_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd920_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd930_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd932_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd933_all_incr.msp"

Save & close. Remember, when a future quarterly patch comes out, save it to the same folder and just add it’s file name to the end of this string inside setup.ini.

Now we have an installer that will install all the quarterly updates when we run setup.exe. Now just configure your deployment solution to copy this entire folder to the client and run setup.exe with the required parameters (no reboot, silent, etc – you can fund them by running “setup.exe /?”).

Thanks, Adobe, for making this such a nuisance.

6 thoughts on ““Slipstream” Adobe Acrobat Pro Updates

  1. Hi,

    I still use Acrobat 8.0, but I would like to simplify re-installation by slipstreaming all quaterly updates referred to at http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/498/cpsid_49880.html for ver. 8.0. I have strictly followed yr instructions duly modified to reflect version 8.0 rather than version 9.0. To do so, I have modified setup.ini file by appending the following patch line
    at the end of [Product] section.

    PATCH=”AcrobatUpd810_euro_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd811_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd812_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd813_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd816_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd817_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd820_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd822_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd823_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd825_all_incr.msp;AcrobatUpd826_all_incr.msp”

    Of course I have added relevant acrobat quarterly update msp files in the setup.exe directory.
    However it seems that additional patch added to setup.ini file does not work as the resulting Acrobat version is still 8.0, and Adobe updater is offering to download and install version 8.1.3.

    To do the job I have used a working Acrobat 8.0 image file complete with relevant serial numbers. It is a matter of fact, however, that I do not know whether said product image is a corporate or a retail version.

    Have you any idea on how to obtain a slipstreamed version?

    Regards

    Stefano

  2. Stefano,

    came across this while searching for some other stuff about Acrobat. My reply may well be too late for you but just in case some one else has a problem like this, here it is.

    I see one or,possible, two problems with your PATCH line:
    1. names must not be enclosed in quotes
    2. if your version is either English, French or German then AcrobatUpd810_efgj_incr.msp patch would be more appropriate one. If however you have Italian version (educated guess here) then patch you used should be fine.

    You may want to add “CmdLine=addlocal=all /sPB” to [Startup] section of setup.ini file. Please note that quotes are here just for readability purposes and should not be included into the real file. See Adobe KB article 403246 (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/403/kb403246.html) for more details.

    Cheers.

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