PDF is quite possibly one of my favourite web technologies – if nothing else it is my #1 way to share files with others knowing that when they go to view/print them it will look precisely the same as it does on my PC.

The great thing about Adobe PDF reader is its very easy to fully customize the installation without having to use Orca.

In this guide I am looking to, deploy Adobe Reader 11 to all of my clients using group policy software deployment, remove older versions of reader, prevent auto update prompts, accept the EULA for my users, remove the desktop shortcut, make Adobe Reader the default PDF viewer and turn off Protected View (I find it causes more issues than it solves).

A few things you will need

  1. Adobe Reader deployment resources site (lots of good things to read!) – http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/acrobat/it-resources.html
  2. Adobe Customization Wizard – http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/Wizard/index.html
  3. Adobe Reader Licence website (you need this to deploy) – http://www.adobe.com/go/rdr_apply_dist/

If you do not want to go through the Customization Wizard phase and are happy with the settings I will be using you can download the transform file from the ZIP file below.

  Adobe Reader 11 Transform (8.0 KiB, 2,285 hits)

So all thats left now is to follow the screen shots below and get Adobe Reader 11 out to your users!

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