Friday, May 15, 2009

Citrix and Adobe Updater

Tired of all your users getting that message that they are not able to run the Adobe Updater every time they log into Citrix or the Citrix Desktop? Or even worse... tired of users updating your Adobe all the time on your Citrix servers? Here is a handy registry entry that will press the murder button on that Adobe Updater:

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown" /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f

Note the 8.0 in that string... change it to 9.0 or whatever version you are running (best bet is to browse the registry for the specific string you need first). Don't forget to do a "change user /install" before and "change user /execute" after just to make sure.


It seems that in some cases, that may not even be enough to stop the Adobe Updater. The final nail in the coffin, so to speak, after performing the above is to go into the C:\documents and settings\all users\ directory and hunt down Adobe_updater.exe, then rename it to .old. That should put this problem in the ground for good.