A while ago I mentioned that I would write up what I did to make CS5 play nice with network homes. Well kind of nice.. some of the apps just aren’t meant to be used with network homes.
First of all you’ll need to refer back to the earlier post I wrote about packaging CS5, and the post on MCX cache redirection.
- Package CS5 by selecting only the following applications (or the subset of the list below which you would like). It may be possible to have the other apps also work, in the environment I have I was unsuccessful. In any case, I’m not sure I want a large number of students video editing over the network with Premiere Pro
- Media Player
- Adobe Illustrator
- Extension Manager
- Flash Builder
- Flash Catalyst
- Install Acrobat
- Refer to the earlier post and follow the instructions for licensing, updating, and packaging.
- Once packaged, you will need to make use of MCX cache redirection.
- Set up a login cache redirection for:
- ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Acrobat/9.0_x86 (Thank you MacEnterprise)
- It is also a good idea to set up the subsequent logout redirection depending upon your environment.
In the earlier post I mentioned the user template, unfortunately with network home users you won’t be able to populate the user home when deploying with the Casper Suite. If you want particular preferences applied you will need to set via MCX where possible or use some other script or utility to propogate the files to each account home directory.
I hope this helps you out, if you have additional tips to get these or the other apps in the suite working well or better with network homes please share!
As a side.. I’m pretty certain Adobe don’t support network homes with CS5, so it’s quite likely from time to time strange behaviour or unexpected exiting of apps will occur.