6 steps for using the Adobe Customization Wizard for Adobe Reader 10

Posted by Shawn Anderson

Feb 9, 2011 5:00:00 AM

Adobe Customization Wizard in 6 Quick Steps

  1. Be sure that you have the most recent version of Reader.
  2. Install the Adobe Customization Wizard for Reader X. (ftp)
  3. Extract the .MSI from the AdbeRdr10xx_yy_zz.exe file.
  4. Start the wizard and open the AcroRead.msi file.
  5. Customize to your hearts content.
  6. Save your project (which creates the TRANSFORM file, AcroRead.mst).
***Note: Note that this method of installing Adobe Reader is intended for new installations of Adobe Reader X. If you are upgrading from an existing Adobe Reader X (e.g. upgradging from version 10.1.0 to 10.1.3) you only need to run the MSP file (you will extract that later in this article).***
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Topics: adobe reader, install software remotely, software deployment, software distribution, unattended installation software, install silently, technology

When Computers Go Wrong

Posted by Adam Ruth

Dec 13, 2010 1:00:00 AM

Photo by Northampton Museum
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Topics: security, technology

More Random Thoughts On The Sys Admin Scene

Posted by Shane Corellian

Nov 15, 2010 1:00:00 AM


Photo by Helen Rosemier
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Topics: random musings, technology, tips

Graveyard of forgotten (or just really bad) technology

Posted by Shane Corellian

Nov 3, 2010 1:00:00 AM

"A long dead soldier looks out from the frame
No one remembers his war; no one remembers his name
Go out to the meadow; scare off all the crows
It does nothing but rain here and nothing will grow"
            -Tom Waits

All products will utilimately die. Period. But, like the death rattle of a man dying of terminal flatulence, some products hang on despite Kevorkian-like measures to invite death. I won't list the obvious candidates (Microsoft Vista, Microsoft Me, etc) but here is a special list of 3 massively hyped-up crap that, never should have made it past the third trimester.

Network Computer 

Some say that Oracle's Network Computer (NC) was "before it's time". Ellison foresaw the Cloud. So what? If I offered In-flight movies before the Wright Brothers ever got to North Carolina I wouldn't be "ahead of my time" as much as I'd be psychic carny. Where was the infrastructure to support the NC? Where was the demand (in 1996) for network applications or SaaS? Let's face it, the Network Computer was only ever about Larry Ellison trying steal Gates' thunder. It had nothing to do with fulfilling a need or introducing some excellent content to the consumer. It was only about breaking the Windows "monopoly" which, in my opinion, Microsoft already excels at.

To paraphrase Homer: I've seen some [search engines] that sucked but these sucking sucks were the worst sucks that ever sucked". I had about as much chance of finding anything related to my search using Live.com as I had picking Adam's navel lint. The latter was also much more rewarding. Anyway, I'll hand it to Microsoft, BING doesn't suck nearly as bad as Windows Live Search but it still kinda has that Live stank attached to it. I didn't buy a Samsung Fascinate because it forced Bing as the search engine. (Yes, I know that this has been resolved but still, not even providing an avenue to Google?) I ended up, incidentally, buy a Samsung Galaxy Vibrant.

Tivoli Enterprise Console (T/EC)

OK, before any of my Tivoli friends get all aggro on me, I want to say that my beef is actually with the reliance that T/EC Rules had on Prolog.

I remember a T/EC instructor once told me that the reason IBM stuck with Prolog dependency in T/EC was that only Prolog allowed for the speed needed for processing all the Events that came into T/EC. I call B.S. on that. T/EC rule writers have benefited from the reliance on Prolog only because nobody knows or gives a crap about Prolog anymore. T/EC contracting positions are generally fairly lucrative because the 7 guys that know Prolog have been retired for 20 years.

If done right, T/EC actually kicked ass handling event management and correlation.

OK, I better get back to work. As you were...

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Topics: random musings, technology

Install Java Silently - Deploying JRE 6 update 22

Posted by Shawn Anderson

Nov 1, 2010 1:00:00 AM

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Topics: pdq deploy, Windows system administration, windows administrator tools, java, remote software deployment, install silently, technology

A Little Tech Humor for Us Sys Admins

Posted by Adam Ruth

Oct 22, 2010 1:00:00 AM


Photo by Nina Matthews Photography
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Topics: random musings, humor, technology

Remotely Install Office 2010 - Part 2 - The Deployment

Posted by Shawn Anderson

Sep 22, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Our previous post discussed using the Office Customization Tool for Office 2010. Now that you have your custom .msp file, you are ready to remotely deploy Microsoft Office 2010.

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Topics: pdq deploy, software deployment, software distribution, microsoft office, application deploy, unattended installation software, technology, video demo

TechNet 2.0 - All New for System Administrators

Posted by Adam Ruth

Sep 13, 2010 1:00:00 AM


If you haven't noticed TechNet got a complete facelift earlier this year. As a developer for Windows I visit TechNet at least once a week, nearly as often as I visit MSDN, and I think that the changes have been positive. It took me a bit to find out where things had moved, but it seems to be more logically laid out now.

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Topics: windows administrators, Windows system administration, technology, Industry News

Top 10 Righteous Malware Uses

Posted by Adam Ruth

Sep 8, 2010 7:50:00 AM


    Photo by Don Hankins
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Topics: random musings, humor, technology

IPv6 System Management Successes

Posted by Adam Ruth

Sep 3, 2010 5:00:00 AM


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Topics: technology, IPv6

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