Introduction

Named user licensing is the default and most popular licensing method to deploy and use Adobe Creative Cloud and Document Cloud products. It is designed for the network-connected scenario where app licenses are managed based on individual user requirements. Using named user licensing, you can provide your end users with the full functionality of the software and services. Users can access all the available apps and services based on your organization's entitlements.

Learn about the various options to deploy and deliver apps and updates to your end users.

Self-service packages

Like millions of Adobe users, you can allow your creatives to install applications and updates via the Creative Cloud desktop app. It reduces IT overhead and ensures that your creatives have access to all the tools they need and receive updates when they are released.

If you want to enable self-service even if your end users do not have administrative privileges, you can do one of the following:

  • Create a Self-Service package.
  • Create a Managed Package with elevated privileges turned on.
  • Create a package based on an Adobe Template with elevated privileges turned on.

Use this package to give your users complete control of the Adobe applications and updates that they can download and install. If your users do not have Administrator credentials to manage applications and updates, then you can create a Self-Service package for them.

Note:

Using the Creative Cloud desktop app, your end users can install only the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud apps. For end users who require older versions, create and deploy Managed packages.

  1. Log in to the Admin Console and navigate to Packages > Packages.

  2. Click Create a Package.

  3. Choose Self-Service Package and click Next.

    Self-Service Package
  4. Enter a package name and select the required options:

    Self-service package options

    Choose a Platform: Choose the operating system and the processor support.

    Note:

    • It's necessary to create separate packages for macOS (Intel) and macOS (Apple Silicon) devices.
    • It's necessary to create separate packages for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, and Windows ARM devices.

    A package made for one operating system and architecture type, cannot be deployed on another.

    Language: Select the language in which you want to create the package.

    Use OS Locale: Enables you to create a package that deploys in the OS language of client machine. In which case, the OS language is the default fallback language in which the package is deployed.

    (Not currently available for Windows ARM devices) Create a folder for extensions & include the Adobe Extension Manager command-line tool: Enables you to create a subfolder in your package folder that you can use to include extensions that you want to install with the package. For more, see Manage Extensions in packages.

    Include Adobe Asset Link: (Available if the above option is switched on) This extension connects Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets with Creative Cloud desktop apps Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    Note: AEM Assets is required. For details, see Adobe Asset Link. This feature is only available for Creative Cloud for enterprise customers.

    Redirect to internal update server: Enables you to redirect all updates for this package to an internal update server. The internal server details are specified in an override XML in the Packages > Preferences tab of the Admin Console. For more, see the Preferences section of the Packaging apps through the Admin Console.

  5. Click Build package.

    The Packages page is displayed. You can check the progress of the build in the list of packages.

    A message is shown after the build process is over. If the package is built successfully, the message also indicates the period for which the package is available for download from the Admin Console.

    Validity of Self-Service package

    If you want to check the remaining time for the existing packages in the details pane, click the row item for the package.

  6. In the Save As dialog box, choose a location on your computer to save the package.

  7. To download and distribute the package later, click Download for the required package.

Managed packages

With Managed packages, you can decide what gets deployed and when it gets updated. You can create the packages that contain the latest or archived versions of Adobe products. You can then deploy these packages to the user's computers in your organization. You can even perform silent and custom deployment where no inputs are required from your users during installation.

If you plan to use Managed packages, you can:

  • Create a Managed Package with elevated privileges turned on.
  • Create pre-configured packages using  Adobe Templates.
  • Create customized packages with the configuration and applications you want your end users to have.

Use this package to maintain greater control of the Adobe applications and updates that your users can install.

Note:

To create packages that include products such as Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter that are not part of Creative Cloud or Document Cloud, customize the available Adobe Templates. You cannot use the following procedure.

  1. Sign in to the Admin Console and navigate to the Packages > Packages.

  2. Click Create a Package.

  3. Choose Managed Package and click Next.

    Managed package
  4. On the Configure screen, select the required options:

    Platform: Choose the operating system and processor support.

    Note:

    • It's necessary to create separate packages for macOS (Intel) and macOS (Apple Silicon) devices.
    • It's necessary to create separate packages for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, and Windows ARM devices.

    A package made for one operating system and architecture type, cannot be deployed on another.

    Language: Select the language in which to create the package.

    Use OS Locales: Enable this option to create a package that deploys in the OS language of client machine. The OS language is the default fallback language in which the package is deployed.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the Choose Apps screen, click next to the corresponding applications to include them in the package, and then click Next.

    Choose applications

    Select Show older versions to display a list of previous versions of the apps. Enterprise admins can view more versions that don't receive security or feature updates by selecting Available application versions in package preferences (Admin Console > Packages > Preferences). For more information, see Packaging apps using Admin Console.

    To know what versions are supported for your Creative Cloud plan, review the Creative Cloud Support policy

    Note:

    • If you add a product that has dependent products, the dependent product is added automatically. For example, if you add Photoshop, Camera Raw and Adobe Preview are added automatically. You can, however, choose to remove the dependent products.
    • If you deploy an application which has special system requirements on an unsupported machine the installer will fail. If required, see the system requirements for the application you are installing.

  7. (Not currently available for Windows ARM devices) On the Choose Plugins screen, search and select plug-ins to include in the package, and click Next.

    You can select the Show Compatible Plugins Only check box to display the plug-ins that are compatible with the apps in the package. This filter doesn't appear if you only have the Creative Cloud desktop app in your package.

    To view the list of selected plug-ins, click Selected Plugins.

    Note:

    The plug-ins that you include in the package do not necessarily need the supporting application to be part of the same package. You can include plug-ins and extensions for apps that are previously installed on your users' computers. Also, if a computer does not have the targeted application for a plug-in, the plug-in is not installed on the computer.

    Choose plugins
  8. On the Options screen, select or enable the required options and then click Next.

    Creative Cloud Desktop Options:

    • Enable self-service install: Allow users to install and update applications from Apps panel in the Creative Cloud desktop app. Learn more.
    • Allow non-admin to update and install apps: Enable self-service for end users who do not have administrative privileges, to install, and manage their applications and updates. Learn more.
    • Disable auto-update for end users: Ensure that end users will not be able to automatically update their applications via the Creative Cloud desktop app. Learn more.
    • Enable self-service plugin install: Allow end users to install and update plug-ins from the Marketplace tab in Creative Cloud desktop app. If deselected, the users can't browse or install any plug-ins using the Creative Cloud desktop app. Whenever you toggle this option, users must quit and relaunch. Alternatively, they must sign out and sign back into the Creative Cloud desktop app for the changes to reflect. Learn more.
    • Disable file syncing: Suppress the automatic syncing of files to client systems. Useful when you are installing packages in a test environment where you want to suppress file syncing. Read more on disabling file syncing. This option is available for Creative Cloud subscribers in commercial and educational organizations only. It is not available for subscribers in government organizations.
    • Enable browser-based login: By default, users must sign in using the Creative Cloud desktop app. Choose this option to redirect users to sign in via the browser. Learn more.

    Also read about other customization options, in Creative Cloud app & services | Customizations.

    Management Options:

    • Enable Remote Update Manager: Enables the use of Remote Update Manager. Adobe Remote Update Manager lets you remotely run the updater on the client with the benefit of executing as an administrator. Learn more.
    • Redirect to internal update server: Enables you to redirect all updates for this package to an internal update server. The internal server details are specified in an override XML in the Packages > Preferences tab of the Admin Console. Learn how to set the Preferences.
    • (Not currently available for Windows ARM or macOS (Apple Silicon) devices) Create a folder for extensions & include the Adobe Extension Manager command-line tool: This option is enabled if you have plug-ins in the package. It creates a subfolder in the package folder to include extensions to install with the package. For more, see Manage Extensions in packages.
      • Include Adobe Asset Link: (Available if the above option is switched on) Connects Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets with Creative Cloud desktop apps Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

    Note:

    AEM Assets is required. For details, see Adobe Asset Link. This feature is only available for enterprise customers.

    • Install package to custom install directory: Enables you to install the apps in this package to a custom install directory. The directory is defined in the Packages > Preferences tab in the Admin Console. Learn how to set the Preferences.
  9. On the Finalize screen, enter the name of the package, review the package details, included applications, and plug-ins. Then, click Build Package.

    Finalize package

    It displays a message after the build process completes. If the package is built successfully, the message also indicates the time period for which the package is available for download from the Admin Console.

    If you want to check the remaining time for the existing packages in the details pane, click the row item for the package.

  10. In the Save As dialog box, choose a location in your computer to save the package.

  11. To download and distribute the package later, click Download for the required package if the package is up to date. If not, click anywhere on the row for the package, click Update in the details drawer that opens to first update the package.

Acrobat-only packages

If your organization has a Document Cloud-only entitlement on the Admin Console, you can create Acrobat-only packages.

  1. Sign in to the Admin Console and navigate to the Packages > Packages.

  2. Click Create a Package.

  3. Enter a package name, and select the required options.

    Self-service package options

    Choose a Platform:

    Choose the operating system and the processor support.

    Note:

    • It's necessary to create separate packages for macOS (Intel) and macOS (Apple Silicon) devices.
    • It's necessary to create separate packages for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, and Windows ARM devices.

    A package made for one operating system and architecture type, cannot be deployed on another.

    Language:

    Select the language in which you want to create the package.

    Enable Remote Update Manager:

    Enables you to run the updater remotely on the client machine with the benefit of executing as an administrator. For more information, see Remote Update Manager.

  4. Click Build Package.

    It displays the Packages page. You can check the progress of the build in the list of packages.

    It displays a message after the build process completes. If the package is built successfully, the message also indicates the time period for which the package is available for download from the Admin Console.

    Validity of Acrobat-only package
  5. In the Save As dialog, choose a location on your computer to save the package.

  6. To download and distribute the package later, click the package name in the list of packages and then click Download in the right pane.

Note:

If you are creating macOS packages, the Adobe Package Downloader is downloaded to your computer. Open and run to complete download of package. For further details, see here.

After you create Acrobat-only packages or packages that include Acrobat using the procedures described in this document, use the Customization wizard to customize your package.

The wizard streamlines the task of customizing or configuring Acrobat features and app in the installer earlier to its organization-wide deployment.

Creative Cloud Packager

Use Creative Cloud Packager to create custom packages when you require licensing other than named, for example device licensing.

Review the system requirements before you download and install Creative Cloud Packager.

  1. Sign in to the Admin Console and navigate to Packages > Tools.

  2. In the Creative Cloud Packager tile, download Creative Cloud packager based on your operating system.

    Admin packaging and management tools

For more information on creating and deploying packages using Creative Cloud Packager, see Deploy and deliver apps and updates.

Uninstall products and licenses

While you create and deploy packages to client machines, you must remove previously installed products and licenses. For example, if your organization migrates from Shared Device Licensing to Named User Licensing, uninstall the products and licenses previously installed on the machine. Also, there's often the case when client machines may contain multiple versions of apps. Or, may be using conflicting licenses. Client machines, might be consuming extra licenses. And these licenses are not being returned to the deployment pool.

In all these scenarios, we recommend that you use one of these procedures to uninstall the products and / or licenses on the client machines:

  • Use installed package (recommended): Use this method if you have the package files (that you downloaded from the Admin Console) available. Read how to use the installed package.
  • Create uninstall package: Use this method if the package files (that you downloaded from the Admin Console) are unavailable. Read how to create an uninstall package
  • Bulk uninstall: Use third-party tools such as ARD and SCCM to uninstall the package in bulk (and remotely) on client machines.