Adobe reader install on Terminal Server

I had an outstanding job to update Adobe Reader 9 on a Windows 2003 Terminal Server.

Here are the steps I took.

1. Apply for a free Adobe Reader distribution license

2. Download the setup file from Adobe
or from

3. Download Adobe Customization Wizard

4. Download the Acrobat Enterprise Administration Guide this will be a reference and explain all the options in detail

5. Extract the redistribution package
Open a command prompt and type or paste the below (I saved the download to C:\Adobe)
The command below will extract all the files to C:\Adobe\Extract
C:\Adobe>AdbeRdr1014_en_US.exe -sfx_ne -sfx_o”C:\Adobe\Extract”

6. Make a AIP (Administrative Installation Point) what is an AIP? uncompressed setup files
msiexec /a AcroRead.msi

7. Patch the AIP with the latest update that came with the download package (in the Extract folder).
msiexec /a C:\Adobe\AIP\AcroRead.msi /p C:\Adobe\Extract\AdbeRdrUpd1014.msp

8. Install Adobe Customization Wizard
This will allow you to make a custom install MST file to control what settings your users have in Adobe Reader.

Note;  setup.ini was not there when I made the AIP.  You may need to modifying the extract folder msi then copy it.

9.  Install with MST

Note; options /i = install /qb = Displays a basic user interface TRANSFORMS= custom settings MST file

E:\Adobe\Extract>msiexec /i AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS=AcroRead.mst /qb

Note; Add double quotes if you have problems.

E:\Adobe\Extract>msiexec /i AcroRead.msi TRANSFORMS=”AcroRead.mst” /qb

Hope it helps someone, let me know if you have any comments or fixes.