Adobe Creative Suite 5 includes an automatic update mechanism that is part of the Adobe Application Manager. By default, this update mechanism uses an Internet connection to Adobe servers to check for available updates for installed CS5 applications. In certain circumstances, system administrators want to disable these connections. You can disable these connections at the time of deployment using features in the Creative Suite 5 Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition. This document explains how to disable the connections after deployment, or when using other deployment methods.
To disable access to updates for all users on a given machine, administrators can create an admin preference file. (This file disables access to updates both from the Help > Updates menu, as well as automatic update checks.) Create a plain-text file named AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat with the following contents:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <Preferences> <Suppressed>1</Suppressed> </Preferences>
Put the file in the following location:
|Mac OS||<Startup Disk>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/AAMUpdaterInventory/1.0/AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat|
|Windows XP and Higher||C:\Program files\common files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat|
|Windows XP and higher (64-bit)||C:\Program files(x86)\common files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat|
Note: This will also prevent administrators from checking for updates and installing updates through that update check. This is easily dealt with by simply renaming the AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat file, running the update check and installation with the Adobe Application Manager, then restoring the file to it's original name.
Alternatively, with the system wide update disablement in place, administrators can install updates by downloading them from http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates.
Note: This method only disables the automatic update check and notification. Users can still manually initiate checks for and installations of, updates through the Updates command on the Help menu in any Adobe CS5 application. If you need to prevent users from invoking update checks and installations, use the system wide method described above.
Disabling updates based on user accounts varies based on whether the action is taking place at the time of installation, or post-installation and post-product usage. In both cases, create a plain-text file named AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat with contents that vary based on the situation as follows:
At time of installation
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <Preferences> <UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>3</UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq> <IsScheduledTaskAdded>0</IsScheduledTaskAdded> <IsScheduledTaskNeeded>0</IsScheduledTaskNeeded> </Preferences>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <Preferences> <UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>3</UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq> <Automatic>3</Automatic> </Preferences>
In both of the above cases, put the file in the following location, overwriting the existing file in the later case:
|Mac OS||/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/AAMUpdater/1.0/AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat|
|Windows Vista and Higher||C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\AAMUpdater\1.0\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat|
|Windows XP||C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\AAMUpdater\1.0\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat|