Create a [Mostly] Automated Reference Image in MDT – Part 2: MDT Setup

Now that you have MDT and the ADK installed, we need to set up a deployment share in MDT.  Regardless of whether this is a clean install of MDT on a dedicated box or your existing MDT server, we’re going to start off by creating a new Deployment Share that will be dedicated to reference image creation. Continue reading

Create a [Mostly] Automated Reference Image in MDT – Part 1: Prerequisites

When it comes to deploying an operating system to a computer, speed and accuracy are the name of the game.  If you’re installing applications that are common across your organization as tasks in your OS deploy or installing the latest Windows updates after the deploy finishes, you can save tons of time by using a reference image.
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Disable Adobe Acrobat XI Updates with Group Policy

01-disable_acrobat_xi_updates-iconBy default, an installation of Adobe Acrobat XI will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Acrobat update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Adobe Reader XI Updates with Group Policy

01-disable_reader_11_updates-iconLike Adobe Reader X, an installation of Adobe Reader XI can check for updates automatically. In a small environment, this may not be a problem (honestly, I would encourage it!). However, in a larger (typically managed) environment, this can generate unnecessary bandwidth usage, problems when users update their own installs with untested updates, and unnecessary support requests to your Help Desk or IT personnel. Here’s how to disable the Reader XI update checks so that your end users don’t see update notices and can’t manually install updates.

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[Sort of] Manage Adobe Acrobat XI with Group Policy

Like Adobe Reader XI, Adobe Reader XI has added the ability to be managed by Group Policy. Now that Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat XI, the administrator templates are also available for download (ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/11.x/11.0.00/misc/AcrobatADMTemplate.zip), here’s how you install the Administrative Templates to start managing the settings Adobe deemed to be “common enterprise settings.”

Update (November 8, 2012) – Adobe has released the Adobe Customization Wizard XI for Windows. You can download it here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5515.

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