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  • Can you update clients Java, Adobe, Firefox through a GPO

    I have a server 2003 domain with 50 users. They do not have administrative rights to there local computer. This prevents them from keeping up to date with the patches. Is there a way I can have the updates automatically installed without user intervention.

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    Re: Can you update clients Java, Adobe, Firefox through a GPO

    As long as you have an MSI packet, like java and flash you can assign the software by a group policy.
    When you can script the install, you can use a startup script in a group policy.
    gerth

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      Re: Can you update clients Java, Adobe, Firefox through a GPO

      Does this mean I would have to create MSI packets every few days when updates come out.

      Is there a better way to automatically updates these programs without user intervention on all workstations.

      Thanks

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        Re: Can you update clients Java, Adobe, Firefox through a GPO

        The flash player can be downloaded as msi.
        https://www.adobe.com/products/flash...ribution3.html

        The java msi can be extracted out of the executable.
        https://www.java.com/en/download/help/msi_install.xml

        Nowadays the flash player is self updating. Adobe creates a scheduled task that will update the player to the latest version.

        Assigning the application by group policy means there is no user intervention on the workstation. Only the admin has to configure the packets and group policy.
        Last edited by gerth; 9th May 2012, 20:50.
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          Re: Can you update clients Java, Adobe, Firefox through a GPO

          To centrally manage the Patch deployment, you can use any mentioned deployment methods, or you can have a look at LUP (Local Update Publisher) http://www.localupdatepublisher.com/ an Open Source alternative which uses the WSUS API and mechanism to deploy custom packages inc updates for Flash etc.
          Depending on your setup and applications you use, I'd say it's a good practice to control the Patch update process rather than let them update themselves.
          Last edited by L4ndy; 9th May 2012, 21:45.
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