Share PDF-XChange 2012 Pro via software-deployment

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Share PDF-XChange 2012 Pro via software-deployment

Post by mpibafib » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:02 pm

I use the program PDF-XChange Pro (version 5.5.315.0) and try to roll it out via the software-deployment of Windows Server 2012.

First of all I opened the PDFXC5Pro_x64.msi with the Orca-Editor to build the mst-file with my own configuration. The mst-file contains properties like "DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS=0", "KEYDATA="our Key"", "NOUPDATER=0" etc.

The normal installation via the cmd.exe with the following syntax works fine but I don’t want to use those syntax or a batch-file:
msiexec /i “PDFXC5Pro_x64.msi” /quiet transforms=” PDFXC5Pro_x64.msi”

I want to use the software-deployment of Windows Server 2012 to share PDF-XChange Pro via a Group-Policy. It means that its just necessary to put the PDFXC5Pro_x64.msi-file and the configured PDFXC5Pro_x64.mst-file in the software-deployment (Group-Policy) to share it on other client-pc’s.

The problem is that it's not possible to say that the software-deployment should use parameters like "msiexec /i" etc. there.
For that reason I need something like the right properties and values in the mst-file to force the software-deployment to do a silent-/quiet-installation.

Maybe someone has an idea how to do it.

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Re: Share PDF-XChange 2012 Pro via software-deployment

Post by Will - Tracker Supp » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:14 pm

Hi mpibafib,

Thanks for the post - these are general MSI properties and aren't specific to our installers, so aren't really something that we can help with.

I'm not personally familiar with GPO deployment, so can't really advise. Paul is our resident installations expert, but he's currently only with us part time. I'd recommend that you post on Microsoft's forums, or browse their help articles and you should find what you need faster than we can provide it.

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Re: Share PDF-XChange 2012 Pro via software-deployment

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:18 pm

Hello mpibafib,

Welcome to our forums.
I am not an expert in Group Policies - but are you Assigning or Publishing the package?
It would seem that when you "Assign" it - it should be deployed silently and if you publish it - users will be able to install it themselves (will see the installer UI): ... l-gpo.html

Another interesting thing I found is that languages might be causing issues - I believe the languages listed in our installer are arranges alphabetically and Czech is the first one in the list so this is also worth a try: ... olicy.html


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Re: Share PDF-XChange 2012 Pro via software-deployment

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:30 am

Hi mpibafib,

I moved it into a new forum we have for this kind of thing.

If I understand the issue correctly then I think Stefan is right. You don't need to call msiexec explicitly if you deploy using a group policy, it's all in the policy. All the switches available at the command line are available in the transform that you have applied.

From this article: ... ough-a-GPO
If you assign the program to a computer, it is installed when the computer starts, and is available to all users who log on to the computer. When a user first runs the program, the installation is completed.
[a] published program is displayed in the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, and it can be installed from there.

Here is another article managing PDF-XChange through a group policy that you may also find helpful: ... -ADMX-file

This is good for troubleshooting Group Policies ... 10%29.aspx

Can you give me a little more detail on the exact nature of the problem you are seeing? Is it that the software isn't deploying or is it doing something else unexpected/unwanted?

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