This step is about installing Acrobat software using GPO deployment.
As there are two GPO deployment methods available, you can use any of them to install Acrobat software. Now, let’s discuss the methods one by one.
• Assign the software to a computer.
If you use this method, you can make the Acrobat software available to all the users of the computer where you assign it. If the software is installed automatically, it can be removed only by the user with the administrative privileges on that computer.
Adobe supports this deployment method for the following software: Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Acrobat 7.0 Standard, Acrobat Elements 7.0, and Adobe Reader 7.0.
Now, let’s discuss about performing an administrative installation.
Make sure that you’re performing an administrative installation before deploying the Acrobat products using GPO. If you do this, a central location for the uncompressed program files will be created. Therefore, they can be packaged and deployed to other computers. Make sure that you’re performing an administrative installation of each Acrobat product that you wish to deploy.
Follow the following steps to perform an administrative installation:
1. It is required to create a source folder on a secure network share. Make sure that the source folder contains a copy of the Acrobat product installer (from your product CD).
2. Then, on a network share that is accessible by users or computers to which you will deploy the applications, create a distribution point (a folder where the installer can install the uncompressed program files).
3. Now, click on the start button, select “Run” and enter the following command.
Msiexec /a \\source_computer\source_share\Managed_App_Source\AcroPro.msi
where \\source_computer\source_share\Managed_App_Source is the path to the source folder you created in step 1.
As everyone knows, GP (Group Policy) is an Active Directory based tool that lets the system administrators to centrally set, manage and maintain a “desired computing state” for groups of computers on a network. In this article, let’s discuss about using Acrobat software and its inventory feature of GP to enable the enhanced deployment ability for Acrobat products on a Windows based network. If you’re ready to deploy Acrobat software using GP, make sure that you’ve installed the Group Policy Management Console. You can download it here.
Usually, GP applies its policies in the form of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). You can apply the GPOs to users or computers by using one of two processes: Publishing or assigning. In the case of Acrobat deployment, you can either publish or assign the Acrobat software that you deploy. The assigned software is automatically installed when the client computer is restarted. Moreover, the published software is added to the Add or Remove Programs control panel (under Add New Programs) for a user and can be added or removed at any time. GP can be applied either to users or computers. If you publish or assign software to a particular user, the installed software will be available for him when the user logs on to the network for the next time.
Every one of us use most of the applications. Either we develop the applications or deploy them. Whatever it is, it is much important to test the developed application as a standard user especially if an organization has a locked-down environment or the new generation operating system with UAC. Most of the times, this helps us in understanding the application behavior better. One of the software is Standard User Analyzer tool. It is able to help us in this purpose as this tool is a part of the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
We have already so many times discussed about Home Group and its configuration. In the same way, let’s have another article about the same. This step by step instructions in this article provide a brief tour of the new Home Group feature in Windows 7. These instructions are that you’ve two computers running Windows 7 and at least one of them has Windows 7 Home Premium or better in the same network. Make sure that neither of the computer is a member of a homegroup or is joined a domain.
Now, let’s try preparing each computer.
1. It is required to click Start, type Network and Sharing Center in the search box and then press the enter key.
2. Now, in the View your active networks area, make sure that network type is Public Network.
3. If not, it is required to click Home network or Work network.
4. Then, click Public Network.
5. Now, you can follow the steps from 2 in the second computer.
These following steps are for creating a homegroup on the first computer. Follow them.
1. On the first computer, which must be running Windows 7 Home Premium or better.
2. Then, click Start, type Network and Sharing Center in the search box and then press the enter key.
3. Now, under the View your active networks area and click Public network.
4. In the Set Network Location dialog box, it is required to click Home Network.
5. Once you change the network location, you can see the Create a Home Group wizard to start automatically.
6. On the Share with other home computers running Windows 7 page, select the Documents check box, and then click Next.
7. This is used to share documents with the homegroup in addition to pictures, musics, videos and printers.
8. The Create a HomeGroup wizard is able to create a strong password as shown in the below image.
9. It is required to use this password to join additional computers to the homegroup.
10. After recording the password, click Finish to close the wizard.