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I'm not familiar with any software deployment tools we have here. It is a Windows domain with a Server 2003 domain controller.

The majority of remote and office PCs have versions of Acrobat Reader older than v10, and I want to remove them, and install v10.

Does MS provide any tools to do this? If not, are there free free deployment tools? We have a copy of the offline installer file on one of our servers.

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I found some other answers and it looks like WPKG will do the job.

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You should take a look at the documentation that Adobe provides for Enterprise environments. What you're looking for can be done.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83709.html

The specific document that will likely answer your questions can be found here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/837/cpsid_83709/attachments/Acrobat_Enterprise_Administration.pdf

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Not a free tool, but for $20/month, well worth it:

Ninite Pro

Just script it to run at startup via group policy. It's pretty awesome :-)

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I think I could kiss you. –  Holocryptic Apr 7 '11 at 4:11
    
That's the most interesting little tool I've seen in a while. I like it! –  pk. Apr 7 '11 at 16:25

Welcome to Adobe Hell.

Does MS provide tools to add/remove 3rd party software? Kind of. But then you're looking at creating your own MSI packages, among other things. There are free deployment tools. You can look at my question here and take a look at some of the answers provided. You might get lucky and find a tool to that will remove the old one and install the new one. Otherwise you're looking at scripts and other fun activities. Do a search adobe and scripting on this site, and I'm sure you'll find other useful nuggets.

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