Deploy Adobe Creative Cloud using SCCM | ConfigMgr

This post covers the steps to download, package and deploy Adobe Creative cloud desktop app using SCCM or ConfigMgr.

You may deploy Adobe CC using other third-party tools. But for deploying Creative Cloud for enterprise systems, Configuration Manager is the best tool.

What is Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Some of the popular apps include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Spark and XD.

When you install Creative cloud desktop application, you can download and install the apps that you are licensed for. Applications are installed and run on your desktop, just like any other desktop application.

Suppose you download any of the individual creative apps, you automatically download Creative Cloud for your desktop.

Post then you use the Creative Cloud desktop app to access, download, and update any of the individual creative apps.

So let’s get started.

Download Adobe Creative Cloud Packager

Adobe Creative Cloud Packager makes it easy for you to create packages that contain Adobe Creative Cloud products and updates. These packages can then be deployed to the client machines in your organization.

Creative Cloud Packager provides workflows for both Creative Cloud for teams and Creative Cloud for enterprise.

Using Creative Cloud Packager, you create either Windows or macOS packages (MSI or PKG files). Using  Configuration Manager you can deploy the application to client machines.

Use the following link to login to Adobe Admin Console – https://adminconsole.adobe.com/. Sign-in with your registered ID and password. On the Menu click Packages and in the left pane click Tools.

On the right hand side, look for Creative Cloud Packager. Click Download for Windows.

Note – If you don’t see Creative Cloud Packager option in Admin console, contact your administrator.

Download Adobe Creative Cloud Packager
Download Adobe Creative Cloud Packager

Wait while the Creative Cloud Packager downloads.

Download Adobe Creative Cloud Packager
Download Adobe Creative Cloud Packager

Install Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Application

Installing Adobe CC application is pretty easy. All you need to do is Accept the license terms. When you do that application gets installed in the background.

Install Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Application
Install Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Application

Create Package using Creative Cloud Packager

Now we come to the very interesting part which is creating the Adobe Creative cloud package using Creative Cloud Packager.

Before you deploy the package using SCCM, it is important that you download the setup files.

First of all launch Creative Cloud Packager app. Since our goal is to deploy Creative Cloud for enterprise, select the correct option.

Create Package using Creative Cloud Packager
Create Package using Creative Cloud Packager

You will be asked to sign in to Adobe. Enter the credentials and sign-in.

sign in to Adobe
sign in to Adobe

Once your account is authenticated, you can create package. In addition, you can also create a license package or an uninstall package.

To create a new Adobe Creative cloud package, click Create Package.

Create Adobe CC Package
Create Adobe CC Package

On the Package Details page, specify the following.

  • Package Name
  • Save to (destination folder)
  • License Type – I am selecting Named License.
  • 32-bit/64-bit Package
Specify Package Details
Specify Package Details

You get some additional settings that you can configure on Advanced Configurations box. I will be using the default options. Click Save.

Creative Cloud Advanced Configurations
Creative Cloud Advanced Configurations

All the package details are specified, click Next.

Create Package using Creative Cloud Packager
Create Package using Creative Cloud Packager

On the Applications & Updates box, select the apps that you want to deploy. You can also select the product language.

In this case I will not select any apps, only Creative Cloud will be installed. Click Build.

Select Applications and Updates
Select Applications and Updates

The entire Adobe CC package weighs approx. 803MB in size. Let the download complete.

Creative Cloud Package Creation
Creative Cloud Package Creation

On the Summary page, click Close.

Creative Cloud Package Created
Creative Cloud Package Created

Adobe CC Package Contents

In the above step you downloaded the Adobe Creative cloud install package. However let me show you what gets downloaded.

If you go to the downloads folder, you will find Build and Exceptions folders.

Adobe CC Package Contents
Adobe CC Package Contents

Out of those two folders, the Build folder actually contains the Setup file and Adobe Creative Cloud .msi installer.

I have copied the entire folder on to SCCM machine. I will be using this folder as Content Source during application creation.

Adobe CC Package Contents
Adobe CC Package Contents

Deploy Adobe Creative Cloud app using SCCM

To create Adobe Creative Cloud Application in SCCM.

  • Launch Configuration Manager console.
  • Navigate to Software Library > Application Management > Applications.
  • Right click Applications and click Create Application.
  • We will use the Create Application Wizard to create Adobe Creative Cloud Application.
Create Creative Cloud Application In SCCM
Create Creative Cloud Application In SCCM

On the General page, select Manually specify the application information. Click Next.

Create Creative Cloud Application In SCCM
Create Creative Cloud Application In SCCM

Specify the application details such as Name, version, publisher etc. Click Next.

Specify Application Details
Specify Application Details

On the Software Center page, you may specify creative cloud icon. Click Next.

Specify Application Details
Specify Application Details

In the next step, click Add button to create a new deployment Type.

Select Manually specify the deployment information. Click Next.

Add a new Deployment Type
Add a new Deployment Type

Specify the details about the application deployment type. Click Next.

Specify Deployment Details
Specify Deployment Details

On the Content page, specify the content location of Adobe Creative Cloud App.

Install Program as – “setup.exe” –silent

Uninstall Program – msiexec /x {8D1AA140-AC52-41CC-9529-8FEE06EA9E84} /q

Note – The product code varies, so ensure you first determine the product code and then specify it. Click Next.

Specify Content Source Install and Uninstall program
Specify Content Source Install and Uninstall program

Add a new Detection Rule. Select the Setting Type as Windows Installer and use the product code – {8D1AA140-AC52-41CC-9529-8FEE06EA9E84}. Click OK.

Creative Cloud App Detection
Creative Cloud App Detection

On the User Experience page, select the settings as per your requirements. Click Next.

Specify User Experience Settings
Specify User Experience Settings

On the remaining pages, click Next and on Completion page click Close.

Create Deployment Wizard
Create Deployment Wizard

Finally close the Create Application wizard.

Completion Window
Completion Window

Test the Adobe Creative Cloud App Install

Distribute the application content to all distribution points. Deploy the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application to desired collection.

On the client computer, launch Software Center. Select Adobe Creative Cloud and click Install.

Tip – Open the Appenforce.log file to monitor the installation process.

Adobe Creative Cloud App install
Adobe Creative Cloud App install

I have tested the app uninstall and it works well.

Adobe Creative Cloud App uninstall
Adobe Creative Cloud App uninstall
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Stan Cooper

One of our main issues has been that we have so many different configurations and each one had to be packaged individually which took up so much space on our DP. We have one package for one user that is just Acrobat Pro which we had to download as that user and when we tried to push it to other users we received mixed results. We have another user that has 3 of the apps and another that has 4 of the apps, and so on. On top of that we had to increase our ccm client cache setting to… Read more »

Sundi

For anyone users needing anything beyond Acrobat, have you considered just installing Creative Cloud and letting the users install? You are spot on about the ridiculous amount of storage space that this requires so we just create a few base packages for shared PCs and install CC for users that can install and update the apps that they need.

Thang

please help me share link download software because account not admin console

You don’t seem to have access to the Adobe Admin Console. If you think you should, please contact your system administrator.

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