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2012 RDS Group Policy - Adobe Reader and Acrobat to Co-exist

    Question

  • I have a 2012 RDS session host that 20 users terminal in to. 

    We have always had Adobe Reader installed for users to open PDF files.

    10 of the users required Adobe Acrobat Pro, so we obtained a license for 10 users to access Acrobat Pro.

    We installed Acrobat Pro on the RDS session host, which also has Reader installed. 

    The problem is, when a user opens a PDF file, it is opening with Acrobat Pro. 

    I need to set the the default PDF program to Adobe Reader. I tried configuring a GPO per the article below:

    http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2011/09/how-to-use-group-policy-to-change-open-with-file-associations/

    However, the default is still Acrobat Pro. 

    What is the best way to accomplish this task at hand? 

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:50 PM

Answers

  • > I need to set the the default PDF program to Adobe Reader. I tried
    > configuring a GPO per the article below:
     
    Short answer: You cannot. The ACLs for the underlying registry values
    prohibit changing file associations for already existing ones, starting
    with Windows8/S2012.
     
    And since these registry values even deny SYSTEM full access, you can
    only automate through thorough scripting.
     
    Sad story, but true.
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

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    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:40 PM