Using SCCM 2007 to deploy Adobe Reader Updates

Posted: 4th April 2011 by Seth Killey in SCCM

Here’s some instructions for updating staff computers to the latest version of Adobe Reader using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. These steps will allow you to silently deploy Reader.

1) Go to and apply to distribute Flash Player
2) Once approved, follow the link to download the appropriate .exe file.  They don’t provide a .msi file, but that’s OK
3) On your SCCM server setup your software distribution package according to your environment.  As far as program parameters, make sure you specify “/msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES /qn” for the parameter switch, without the quotes, to perform a silent unattended install

Going forward you can easily refresh the package as new versions are released.

  • First thing to check is if the advertisement was created with a mandatory schedule which hasn’t expired yet.
  • Select the package and launch the Manage Distribution Points wizard, select the option to Update Distribution Points and complete the wizard. Verify if the new version of the package and the updated files have reached the distribution point.
  • Now go to the advertisement and click the action to Rerun the advertisement.

* It would probably be easiest to first rename the .exe file to something generic like reader.msi so when you update the distribution point you can just overwrite the existing .exe.  Otherwise, make sure to update the program to point to the newest .exe file before updating the distribution point.