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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Apps
This Adobe Knowledgebase document describes how to run a "silent install" of Creative Suite 2.0. They say this about the procedure:
When you purchase a volume license for Adobe Creative Suite 2.0, Adobe provides an option that allows you to run a silent installation (that is, an installation with pre-selected options and no interface) on Windows or Mac OS X. In a silent installation, a custom installer runs the installers for each product in the suite by using command-line installation tools built into the operating system. To run a silent installation, you must create an XML file (or script) for the custom installer.
The support page includes a sample XML file for use. This might is useful for some, but the only thing to be careful about is that the script doesn't warn if you running other Adobe Apps (the installer will fail). Other than that, everything else is well documented.

[robg adds: I think the hint submitter is implying that this procedure will work even for non-volume-licensed purchases of CS2, but I can't be certain (anonymous, no email address provided).]
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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: imageworx on Mar 13, '06 10:21:55AM

I think this is only valid with volume licenses.

I've had to intervene several times with "admin level" password during installs and updates during it. And then the validation is required. (Volume licenses are for 5 or more systems)

I really wished that RemoteDesktop was non-invasive like Windows Terminal (Remote Desktop Connection) and allows to install progs without interferring with the current logged in user (till after logout and reboot).

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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: Anklosaur on Mar 13, '06 01:48:04PM
This hint has actually existed at Adobe's website for some time. It's located here... Adobe Silent Install CS2

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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: macsamurai on Mar 13, '06 02:54:37PM
We've been running the installation from Disk Images for some time now and it does save a ton of time on new deploys, but what kills us are the post-install updates. Is there a way to run Adobe Updater and install the myriad of updates that need to be patched after every CS2 install without having to authenticate for every update installation. There are 7 or 8 on first launch last I checked, each one requiring authentication and user intervention in dialog boxes.

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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: pcurtner on Jan 03, '07 01:46:04PM

Actually if you log in as root and run the Adobe updater it blasts through all of them without intervention.

I just learned this but the guy who informed me swears that it doesn't fubar anything later on..



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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: 010111 on Mar 13, '06 09:27:04PM

this would have been great to realize prior to installing it 20 times. but it wasn't that bad.... i found a big time saver on the CS2 was just to image all the discs of the suite to a single DVD with a text file of the serial... mount all 4 images and copy the serial to the clipboard and it's pretty painless... and considerably faster not messing with the swapping of the discs.

the post-install updates are killer though. you have to sit and babysit it for a good 45 minutes while just about each and everything update requires an admin password. it's horrible. doesn't sound that bad until you realize i'm doing this 20 times.



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Run a silent installation of Adobe Creative Suite 2.0
Authored by: zendrew on Mar 14, '06 10:45:13AM
I also have to install AdobeCS (and Maya, and Digital Performer, and Final Cut, etc.) on a couple dozen machines. But I do not have to babysit each install more than once, because of the fantastic radmind. radmind allows you to distribute identical sets of files to as many machines as you may have. You create a set of files for each app and tell radmind what machines you want to get those files. Needless to say, you can tell radmind to install one app to machine A and another to machine B, and both apps to machine C, etc. There are other similar tools out there, but I like radmind because it's free and flexible. It may have a learning curve, but nothing so difficult that it doesn't beat the pants off of typing my admin password a few hundred times and staring at progress bars for hours on end.

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