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How to deploy Adobe AIR?

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When we distribute third party software, we use GPOs to deploy software packages, which only work if you have a .msi file.

 
Java and Adobe both provide .msi packages for their software, however Adobe does not provide .msi downloads for Adobe AIR, only for their Flash and Reader. I can only download .exe for AIR.

 
In the past, when I need to deploy .exe packages, I use a program called 7Zip to extract the .exe, which provides me with a .msi package that I can deploy using a GPO.

 
This does not work with Adobe AIR. When you try to install the .msi an error message comes up saying:

"Could not access network location (computed)"

 
This does not make sense since I am trying to install the program locally, it is not even looking over the network for the file.

Has anyone run in to this before? I need to resolve this issue so AIR can be deployed to ~100 Workstations.
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Note: Deploying Adobe AIR via Group Policy Objects (GPO) or Active Directory is not a supported option. If         you require this type of deployment please send email to license-air-enterprise@adobe.com so         that Adobe can notify you when that feature becomes available.

Source: http://www.adobe.com/products/air/runtime_distribution1.html

For a work around, check out Pete's comment in this thread:

http://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows/58107-adobe-air-2-0-2-12610-deployment-anyone-else-getting-computed-error.html

Justin
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Thank you Sage.
The thread you linked above shows this workaround:

"Further investigation reveals the SHAREDADDINFOLDER Property isn't being used for anything I can see. Dropping that row from the Property table produces a working .msi and an AIR install that can use, install and run AIR apps. The installer creates and uses the folder set in the CustomAction table (SetSHAREDADDINFOLDER) fine after the Property table has been modified."  -Pete

I am not sure how to edit the property table .
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by:Justin Owens
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You will have to modify the Property table inside the MSI, using a program like Orca or Visual Studio.

Directions for Orca:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905

Screen shot of a Property table inside an MSI:

http://www.aspfree.com/c/a/VB.NET/Building-an-MSI-File-Visual-Studio-and-Orca/3/

Justin
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There's no freeware that will let you modify the Property Table? Anyone on here have a working AIR .msi?
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Orca is freeware, as long as you use the download version and not the shipped CD:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E6E1C3DF-A74F-4207-8586-711EBE331CDC&displaylang=en

Justin
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I got Orca, opened up the table, and found the row that I need to drop. Problem is, the options are greyed out. For some reason it is openening in read only mode.
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I just had to extract the .msi again for Orca to open the msi in read/write mode.

Dropping that row did not work.

SHAREDADDINFOLDER in the Property section, Is the only one I'm supposed to drop right?
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Correct.  I was able to perform this as expected, but I had to make sure I had the right version of the installer.  What version are you trying to install?
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2.0.3.13070
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I got it to work. Thank you!
For the record, Adobe does provide the msi on their site now in a zip file.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/runtime_distribution3.html
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