Endpoint Services, Adobe Creative Cloud, Removing Unauthorized Versions
Information about removing unauthorized Adobe Creative Cloud application versions from managed endpoints.
Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM), formerly SCCM
Munki Mac Endpoint Management
University of Illinois IT Pros leveraging MECM, hosted by Technology Services Endpoint Services team and/or Munki Mac Endpoint Management systems, who are using Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
Adobe has announced that as of May 8, 2019, specific older versions of some Creative Cloud applications are now considered to be "unauthorized". All use of unauthorized versions is to be discontinued, and they are to be replaced with authorized versions. According to Adobe, continued use of unauthorized Creative Cloud versions puts the University "at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties".
Adobe has provided a list of authorized and unauthorized CC versions; the table below provides year-of-release versions (e.g. 2017 or 2018) for convenience. Only the applications listed below are subject to Adobe's new authorized version restrictions, so if an application isn't in the list, all versions of it continue to be authorized.
|Adobe Product||Minimum Authorized Version||Maximum Unauthorized Version|
|Captivate||Patched 2017 (10.0.1)||Unpatched 2017 (Authorized versions available from the Webstore)|
|Lightroom Classic||Patched 2017 (6.1.4)||Unpatched 2017|
|Photoshop||Patched 2017 (18.1.7)||Unpatched 2017|
|SpeedGrade||All versions are discontinued||N/A|
The EPS service provides up-to-date versions of Creative Cloud applications; EPS stakeholders can leverage Munki and MECM in order to install authorized versions and keep them updated.
- MECM-provided packages will continue to replace previous versions as in the past, where the superseded version is also available.
- Munki-provided packages will allow side-by-side installations with previous versions, with the exception of Dimension, Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Rush, and XD, which will replace previous versions.
- Some unauthorized versions can be uninstalled by Munki via the traditional technique of making the item a managed uninstall, but not all. To ensure that most unauthorized versions are removed by Munki, use the Adobe uninstaller (see below).
- Munki stakeholders should also modify their unit manifests to remove all references to unauthorized Adobe versions so that they do not get reinstalled.
Adobe has created a specialized uninstaller that detects and removes unauthorized app versions. The uninstaller performs satisfactorily in the EPS test environment, so we have packaged it for stakeholder use, although we cannot guarantee that it will perform the same in all environments. Also note that some older versions can't be uninstalled by the uninstaller package, and will therefore require manual removal.
- For MECM stakeholders, the uninstaller package is located at ‘\Software Library\Overview\Application Management\Packages\Adobe CC Uninstallers for Unauthorized Versions’.
- For Munki stakeholders, the uninstaller package is called Adobe Uninstall Unauthorized Versions. Please ensure that you also remove unauthorized versions from your manifests so that Munki doesn't try to reinstall them.
Unit IT Pros are responsible for ensuring that their Adobe Creative Cloud deployments adhere to Adobe's restrictions and are therefore legal.