[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.

The first thing you’ll want to do is download and extract the zip file on your management station. You should end up with something like this:

Next, if you’re running Windows Vista or later, copy the Acrobat11.admx file and the contents of the en-US folder to the C:WindowsPolicyDefinitions folder. If you’re still editing Group Policy with Windows XP or Server 2003, you’ll only need the Acrobat11.adm file. If do happen to end up copying everything, it shouldn’t break anything.

Do you have the Group Policy Central Store enabled? If so, rather than copying to your local disk, you’ll need to copy the Acrobat11.admx file and the contents of en-US to \your.domain.localSYSVOLyour.domain.localPoliciesPolicyDefinitions since your local workstation is going to ignore the local cache and go straight to the Central Store to find ADMX files.

Fire up the Group Policy Management Console and you should see this under Administrative Templates in Computer and User Configuration:

And… wait a minute… where are all the rest of the settings? Yep, just like the Reader XI settings, there isn’t much to look at.

Like I said before, I definitely give Adobe an ‘A’ for effort, but as for implementation, I’ll have to give them an Incomplete. If you’re reading this Adobe… PLEASE add more settings to your Administrative Templates!!!!!

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