I would like to understand the mechanism of the implicit ACF installation mentioned in SAP note 766191 - "Installation of Active Component Framework". It is not described in detail in that note. We can not roll out the xACF software explicitely on all of our PCs, so we would like the server to push the needed ACF components to the client PCs automatically. We need the ACF to display Adobe interactive PDF forms.
As I understand so far, when you implement an HTML <object> on a website that tries to activate an ActiveX element (like in our case the AdobeControl to display PDFs) it downloads the needed code automatically in case it is not present on the client PC. This is done through the <codebase> parameter of the <object> element. The download is an AdobeControl.CAB, which gets transferred to the client and then installs various other needed files. It seems as if this mechanism does not work in our system, since we are not able to see any PDFs.
My questions are:
1. Is this AdobeControl.CAB all that is needed for a correct functioning of the ACF installation and to view an interactive PDF in the Internet Explorer on the client PC?
2. Where in the NW04 SPS18 configuration can I control the download behavior of this active component, i.e. the protocol (http vs. https) and port (80 vs. 443)? The link to AdobeControl.CAB in the HTML page source looks like this: