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Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Adobe Creative Cloud include an automatic

update mechanism that is part of the Adobe Application Manager and

Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application (respectively). By default, this
update mechanism uses an Internet connection to check Adobe servers
for available updates to installed CS6 or Creative Cloud applications. In
certain circumstances, system administrators want to disable these
connections. You can disable these connections at the time of
deployment using features in the Creative Cloud Packager.

This document explains how to disable the connections after

deployment, or when using other deployment methods.

Machine-wide disablement

To disable access to updates for all users on a given machine,

administrators can create an admin preference file. (This file disables
access to updates both from the Help > Updates menu, as well as
automatic update checks.) Create a plain-text file named
AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat with the following contents:

1 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

3 <Preferences>
5 <Suppressed>1</Suppressed>
7 </Preferences>

Put the file in the following location:

Mac OS <Startup Disk>/Library/Application


Windows C:\Program files\common

7.0 and files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat
(32 bit)

Windows C:\Program files(x86)\common

7.0 and files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat
(64 bit)

Note: It also prevents administrators from checking for updates and

installing updates through that update check. This is easily dealt with by
simply renaming the AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat file, running the
update check and installation with the Adobe Application Manager, then
restoring the file to its original name.

Alternatively, with the system-wide update disablement in place,

administrators can install updates by downloading them from the Adobe
product updates page.

User account disablement

Note: This method disables onyl the automatic update check and
notification. Users can still manually initiate checks for and installations
of, updates through the Updates command on the Help menu in any
Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Creative Cloud application. If it's necessary to
prevent users from calling update checks and installations, use the
system-wide method described above.

Disabling updates based on user accounts varies based on whether the

action is taking place at the time of installation, or post-installation and
post-product usage. In both cases, create a plain-text file named
AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat with contents that vary based on the situation as

At time of installation

1 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

3 <Preferences>
5 <UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>3</UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>
7 <IsScheduledTaskAdded>0</IsScheduledTaskAdded>
9 <IsScheduledTaskNeeded>0</IsScheduledTaskNeeded>
11 </Preferences>

Post-install, post-product usage

1 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

3 <Preferences>
5 <UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>3</UpdaterPrefSchedCheckFreq>
7 <Automatic>3</Automatic>
9 </Preferences>
In both of the above cases, put the file in the following location,
overwriting the existing file in the later case:

Mac OS /Users/<user name>/Library/Application


Windows C:\Users\<user
7.0 and name>\AppData\Local\Adobe\AAMUpdater\1.0\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat

Windows C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application

XP Data\Adobe\AAMUpdater\1.0\AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat

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