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Adobe reader optimization for Citrix or RDS environments

Many administrators simply download and install Adobe Reader on their XenApp servers.  However, many small tweaks, which could improve end user experience and/or prevent users from corrupting Adobe Reader for other users on a server, should be considered as part of XenApp deployments.  This blog outlines configurations to modify a typical user’s experience while working in Adobe Reader.

Note:  Although the information below focuses on Adobe Reader 11 settings, most of the optimizations can be applied to other versions of Adobe Reader by modifying the version in the path of the directory or registry setting. Also, please read my other blog about using the Adobe Customization Wizard to create a custom MSI package. READ MORE

Below is table of typical optimizations I perform when installing Adobe Reader on Citrix/RDS environments:

# Optimization   Setting
1 Disable Protected mode Disabling protected mode is really recommended in RDS environments. It has so many problems if you have a lot of PDF integration in your LOB applications.
2 Prevent Repair of Adobe Reader Installation Apply the following registry change:

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\Installer\

·       “DisableMaintenance”=DWORD:00000001

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3 Remove Digital Editions Apply the following registry change:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockdown\

·       “bShowEbookMenu”=DWORD:00000000

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4 Remove Option to Improve Program Options Apply the following registry change:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockdown\

·       “bUsageMeasurement”=DWORD:00000000

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5 Remove Option to Purchase Adobe Acrobat Apply the following registry change:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockdown\

·       “bPurchaseAcro”=DWORD:00000000

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6 Restrict Updates Apply the following registry change:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\FeatureLockdown\

·       “bUpdater”=DWORD:00000000

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7 Disable automatic saving of PDF changes After opening Adobe Reader, navigate to the Documents category of the Preferences dialog box (under the Edit menu) and uncheck the following setting:

Automatically save document changes to temporary file every: 5minutes (1-99)

 

Or make a logon script that creates user registry key:

 

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\11.0\AutoSaveDocs] ” bAutoSaveDocsEnabled” =dword:00000000

 

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8 Improve scrolling performance Disable the options by going to the Edit menu > Preferences > Rendering and uncheck Smooth line art and Smooth images.

 

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9 Limit Adobe Operations at Login Delete Adobe ARM from the following registry key:

HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\

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10 Eliminate Sign Toolbar Delete DEXEchoSign.spi from C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services Adobe Forum
11 Eliminate Tools Toolbar Delete DEXShare.spi from C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\Services Adobe Forum
12 Prevent End User License Agreement from Appearing Apply ADM starter template to Group Policy Management:

User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates\Adobe Reader XI\Preferences\General\

Accept EULA (Enabled)

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