Installing a passive Flash player (no update)


I got really tired of flash prompting for updates all the time, and further more – the install-string are complex and somewhat not always getting the job done anyway (atleast thats how i fell – might be lack of knowledge 🙂  but they vary a lot from versions and different people and so on).

 

What i found to be the least confusing, and best working method, is using Orca to create a transform file – and its so easy.

If you dont know Orca, dont worry too much and just follow the steps. Its a fairly simple program and its free :

   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa370557(v=vs.85).aspx  (or just google “download orca” 😉 )

 

First we need to download the .msi files from Adobe:

   http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/fp_distribution3.html

(both seemes to point at the same place).

You’ll need both the Active X and Plugin installer.

 

Start Orca (yea – its not pretty, but it works 🙂 ), and open one of the .msi files, just downloaded. The steps are the same for both.

We want to start a new transform, and then generate it.

Orca-1  Open file, and select “New transform”

 

Locate the CustomAction on the left, and find the “NewCustomAction1” attribute. Should look something like this:

Orca-2

Change this value to: -install -msi -au 2

Orca-3

This parameter tells Flash NOT to check for updates – no more wierd install parameters or wierd files like mms.cfg in c:\windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash

Now, generate the .mst file and (i reccomend) save it next to the -msi file.

 

Orca-4

(now i call the transform-files for activex.mst and plugin.mst – and i tell you this, so the install string below makes sence 🙂 )

In SCCM (or script/command line) – the program line will be:

msiexec /i “install_flash_player_12_active_x.msi” /qn /t activex.mst

msiexec /i “install_flash_player_12_plugin.msi” /qn /t plugin.mst

At the moment, i dont have SCUP on my SCCM – so i cant cover it here, but you can find information about it here

SCUP information: http://www.adobe.com/licensing/distribution/strategies/sms.html

and a lot more in general here:

Overall information: http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/index.html

 

Hope it helps 🙂

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