this is what I did:

  1. Downloaded .exe from Adobe-ftp
  2. successfully extracted with "AdbeRdr11010_de_DE.exe" -nos_ne
  3. 'slipstreamed' the .msp into the .msi with klaus-hartnegg's tool
  4. made a .mst with Adobe Customization Wizard
  5. moved the whole folder to network share
  6. I set the permissions of the folder for the computers to read and execute
  7. made a computer-configuration-gpo (sorry for bad translation...german system)
  8. added the .mst
  9. restarted client several times
  10. tried to enable logging https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/246509

this is what is happening:

  • win7-computer is showing installation message at boot for appr. 15secs
  • eventlog shows installation failed with error %%1603
  • appmgmt.log is not existing

I uninstalled Adobe Reader before and deleted a GPO for Adobe Reader that was never working, but I tried before and failed, too.

  • Does the application install correctly without the GPO? – Greg Askew May 7 '15 at 16:39
  • Yes, even the created msi installs fine. I think it has something to do with the distribution. BTW: is appmgmt.log only created in special cases, because it is not there. – Timo May 8 '15 at 9:00
  • 1603 is most likely a custom action that is failing. You need to enable Windows Installer verbose logging per support.microsoft.com/kb/223300 and set it to: voicewarmupx. Then check the Windows Installer log that is created. – Greg Askew May 8 '15 at 12:41
  • Are you simply trying to bulk install Adobe Reader? Use Ninite Pro. www.ninite.com/pro – BlueCompute May 8 '15 at 16:58
  • You'll need something to update it once you've deployed it anyways. – BlueCompute May 8 '15 at 16:59

I did not create a proper AIP as explained in http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/aip.html

Steps to successfully deploy Adobe Reader XI via GPO:

  1. Download EXE from Adobe-FTP-Server
  2. start a cmd with admin-rights
  3. extract EXE: (see klaus-hartnegg.de/gpo/msi_acroread.html) e.g. AdbeRdr11002_en_US.exe -nos_oD:\AdobeReader -nos_ne
  4. cd D:\AdobeReader
  5. create AIP: (adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/aip.html) e.g. msiexec /a AcroRead.msi TARGETDIR=\yourserver...\Reader\11010
  6. slipstreaming Patches: (adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/AdminGuide/aip.html#acrobat-quarterly-update) e.g. msiexec /a \yourserver...\Reader\11010_de_DE\AcroRead.msi /p AdbeRdrUpd11010.msp
  7. configure with Adobe Customization Wizard directly on NetShare:
  8. create a new GPO on Domain Controller and choose 'advanced' to load the newly created MST-file in the 'Modifications'-tab
  9. click OK and choose Computers to deploy to

BTW: as @GregAskew mentioned you can turn on logging if you run into problems

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