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Configuring a software delivery task for Mac computers

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You can deliver enterprise-class software to Mac computers using tasks that you run by creating a script.

You must follow the instructions that are found in the user guide of the software that you plan to deploy. If the software requires specific files and installers to support a silent installation, you must create them.

Ensure that you install the necessary files and installer to the correct directories. Use the exact installation path that the source media requires.

The process for configuring a software delivery task may vary depending on the software product that you install. The process that is laid out in the table illustrates how to install the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 software product. Each step links to a task that is part of this process. Because you may or may not choose to install this particular product, each task is presented as a sample.

Table: Process for configuring a software delivery task

Step

Description

Notes

Step 1

Complete software delivery prerequisites.

Follow the instructions that are found in the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Enterprise Manual Deployment User Guide to create the necessary files and installer that support a silent installation. You can download the PDF can be downloaded from the Adobe site.

If you follow the instructions you produce the following required files for a silent installation:

  • application.override.xml

  • install.xml

  • remove.xml

Make sure to save these files in the correct directories. The Adobe Installer appears to be hard-coded to search for certain payload items in the default path. For example, if the installer path is /Volumes/Adobe/CS4/payloads/…. but the installer looks in /Volumes/Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Disc 1/Adobe CS4 Design Premium/payloads/…. , you receive an error.

When you create files or installers for the software that you want to deliver, use the exact path that the source media uses.

Step 2

Create a DMG file.

Read through or complete a sample task and then click the link to view the next step in the process.

See Creating a DMG file to deliver software to Mac OS X computers

Step 3

Create an Installer Shell script.

Read through or complete a sample task and then click the link to view the next step in the process.

See Creating an Installer Shell script to deliver software to Mac OS X computers

Step 4

If the software has its own installer, import the installer into the Software Catalog.

Read through or complete a sample task and then click the link to view the next step in the process.

See Importing an installer into the Software Catalog to deliver software to Mac OS X computers

Step 5

If the software includes a pop-up blocker, you can create a task to disable it.

Read through or complete a sample task and then click the link to view the next step in the process.

See Creating a task to disable the Product Improvement pop-up

Step 6

Update the Managed Software Delivery policy.

Read through or complete a sample task and then click the link to view the next step in the process.

See Creating a Managed Software Delivery policy to deliver software to Mac OS X computers