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Install PDF Reader

FineBuild can install and configure Sumatra PDF Reader as part of the SQL Server install process.
If you do not want to include Sumatra PDF Reader in your FineBuild install, then do not download it.

Sumatra PDF Reader was produced by Krzysztof Kowalczyk. It was chosen to be included in FineBuild because it a light-weight product that has a stable code base more suited for a Production server.

It is very common to have PDF files on a SQL Server machine, but many Windows administrators take the view that the Adobe Acrobat PDF reader is not a suitable product for installation on a Production server, due to the large number of fixes issued on a monthly basis. Sumatra PDF Reader provides a more stable alternative.

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FineBuild PDF Reader Install

Automated silent installation of PDF Reader is performed by Process Id 4TC and is controlled by the parameters below:

Install Parameter Build SQL2005 SQL2008 SQL2008 R2 SQL2012 SQL2014 SQL 2016
SetupPDFReader FULL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools No No No No No No
SetupPDFReader WORKSTATION Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupPDFReader CLIENT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SetupSQLTools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

In order to maintain compatibility with older versions of SQL FineBuild, the parameters InstPDFReader and InstSQLTools can also be used.

FineBuild also uses the following parameters to help install PDF Reader:
Parameter Default Value Description
PDFexe SumatraPDF-*-install.exe Name of PDF Reader install file

PDF Reader will be installed with CLIENT and WORKSTATION builds, but not with a FULL build.
If you want to install it with a FULL build, the following parameter should be added at run time:
The FineBuild install for PDF Reader includes the following:

Manual PDF Reader Install

The following steps show what you would have to do to install PDF Reader manually. FineBuild does all of this work for you automatically.

PDF Reader Install

1) Navigate to the Additional Components folder and double-click on the Sumatra PDF Reader install file
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2) The Installation Options window is displayed. Click Next to continue.
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3) Accept the file location. Click Install to continue.
PDF Location.png
4) The install is completed successfully. Click Close to end.
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Configure PDF Reader

Set Sumatra to be the default PDF reader using the following commands.

1) Define a file type for Sumatra and link it to the Sumatra executable.
For a 32-bit system:
FTYPE Sumatra="C:\Program Files\SumatraPDF\SumatraPDF.exe %1 %*

For a 64-bit system:
FTYPE Sumatra="C:\Program Files(x86)\SumatraPDF\SumatraPDF.exe %1 %*

2) Associate PDF files with the Sumatra file type:
ASSOC .PDF=Sumatra

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Last edited Oct 17, 2016 at 9:35 AM by EdVassie, version 12