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  • Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

    Just wondering what you others do...

    I managed a handful of clients, probably 200 pc's.

    How do you go about keeping things like Flash, Shockwave, Adobe Reader, and other stuff like that up to date?

    Is there a more automated way than doing it fully manually?

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    Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

    I only use this on my own PC's, not used it in a commercial environment, but it works well:

    http://secunia.com/

    Scans machines for software installations, checks the versions against a database, then provides direct links to the updates.

    Very nifty.
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      Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

      Thanks - that does look nifty.

      Anyone else?

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        Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

        I haven't had to use a third party patch management solution yet (unfortunately... managing patches has always been messy in my workplaces), but I would look at these two first just because of some things I've heard about them:
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          Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

          Anything that can be managed by Group Policy I manage that way. Adobe Reader can be deployed that way, I would guess most Adobe products can be. Those are the major ones for me at the moment.
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            Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

            Originally posted by cruachan View Post
            Anything that can be managed by Group Policy I manage that way. Adobe Reader can be deployed that way, I would guess most Adobe products can be. Those are the major ones for me at the moment.
            How do you do major version upgrades though, like Reader 8 to 9? Do you have to create some kind of uninstall package or script?
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              Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

              Please review:
              http://www.shavlik.com/sol-patch-management.aspx
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                Re: Keeping 3rd party apps up to date

                Originally posted by Nonapeptide View Post
                How do you do major version upgrades though, like Reader 8 to 9? Do you have to create some kind of uninstall package or script?
                Same way. It's well hidden on the Adobe site, but if you register with them they give you a link to an MSI download and a configuration tool. You can pre-configure all of the options, like preventing their really irritating habit of putting shortcuts everywhere.

                http://www.adobe.com/devnet/acrobat/...ng_reader9.pdf
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