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What do you use to create distributable packages with ARD?

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Robman Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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Apr 30, 2013 2:05 PM

What do you use to create distribution packages for ARD?

I.E. a package for installing the new Oracle Java 7.21 on all our machines.

Or, a package for installing Micosoft Office 14.3.2 udapters?

Specifically for 10.7 and 10.8 users.



Install Ease?

Jamf Composer?


xCode PackageMaker?


Which one should I put my time into using?



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), IT Manager for an Ad Agency
  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    both the ones you mention already come as packages.



    download the .dmg


    open the dmg, drag the package somewhere you like - desktop, a folder you make, wherever. (the office package doesn't use the typical package icon, but it is a package).


    Then just use the "install package" feature of ARD.


    Or are you trying to do something much more complicated and fancy?

  • chicster Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)

    I don't know about CS but flash player you have to

    1. get the actual app, not the installer, more on that in a sec

    2. open it up to get an "install flash player" app.

    3. right click (or ctrl click) that to get "show package contents"

    4. Then in contents/resources  is an actual package you can use for install.

    5. Some of the adobe things, sometimes, it seems i remember, work only if a user is logged in. 


    To get the actual adobe reader or flash player, you can go to download one and on one of the pages (where you click "download now") there is a little "'IT/OEM admins - distribute flash player" link.  Click that and the process is pretty minimal and quick and they send you a link to the actual full downloads. 


    But I can't help you with the question you really are trying to ask which is what is best if you need to make a package to distribute.

  • nicolas michel Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)


    I want to update CS6

    Adobe come with specific installers that are not pkg. You can't deploy it.

    But Adobe also have a solution :


    I think even if you use a deployement tool like jamf (or Munki for a free one)

    you'll have to use the adobe deployement toolkit.



  • nicolas michel Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)



    I have a pkg installer for CS6, but I didn't do it by myself.

    You'll probably have a better chance of help on the Adobe forum :



  • Space Ranger Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    When you use Adobe Application Manager to create your CS6 packages, theres an option to also create an updates package which will download the adobe updates and put them in a nice package you can send via ARD and will install those. Its been working great here for the last few months.


    Adobe Flash player, actually they advertise a few ways to deploy it. one via their little form and two a KB of downloading the flash player, double click the install flash, when the next flash window shows up that says downloading, etc right click that icon, show package contents, resources, will have the Flash pkg.


    Packagemaker is okay, but lately I have not had to create many packages, just copy or send down via ADR pre-done from the vendor.

    Deploystudio may offer something in line of those abilities as well.


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