+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
Wireless Networks Thread, Software Updates in Technical; Hey everyone Came in this morning to all the machines asking for adobe updates and flash etc, how does everyone ...
  1. #1
    cpjitservices's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Hessle
    Posts
    2,493
    Thank Post
    519
    Thanked 290 Times in 266 Posts
    Rep Power
    82

    Software Updates

    Hey everyone

    Came in this morning to all the machines asking for adobe updates and flash etc, how does everyone roll out software updates ?

    Is it a case of getting hold of the new version and packaging it and sending it out via GPO or is there some software that will run from a server that updates all the clients ?

    Thanks everyone.

  2. #2

    SYNACK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,190
    Thank Post
    875
    Thanked 2,717 Times in 2,302 Posts
    Blog Entries
    11
    Rep Power
    780
    I use the MSI deployment packages from Adobe for Flash and Shockwave (we've excised Acrobat but there is an MSI for that to). I push these out by GPO and when new ones come out I set the policy to remove the old one then install the new one (this is usually more robust than the upgrade method in GPO).

  3. #3

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,886
    Thank Post
    518
    Thanked 2,489 Times in 1,930 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    839
    You need to get a distribution agreement for the Adobe MSIs for internal use - http://www.adobe.com/products/players/fpsh_distribution1.html

    O
    nce you've got that, they give you links to the MSIs and you can simply slap them in GPOs.

  4. #4

    sonofsanta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lincolnshire, UK
    Posts
    5,004
    Thank Post
    876
    Thanked 1,458 Times in 1,002 Posts
    Blog Entries
    47
    Rep Power
    644
    I normally do it every half-term/term break, it leaves times when we're unpatched but it's less inconvenient than computers being slow to start up due to installs. Any major upgrades (e.g. Reader 10) get tested first. Plus if I did every patch as soon as it came out I'd be doing it constantly, between Adobe and Sun...

    Normally I just do it by patching MSIs and using GPO, but there are other ways of doing it with SCCM, WSUS (see the Cool Things thread, a post by @pete near the end will tell you more) , and I saw something open source linked on here the other day for how to push out updates as well. So if you have the time, There Is A Better Way.

  5. #5

    3s-gtech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    2,827
    Thank Post
    146
    Thanked 574 Times in 518 Posts
    Rep Power
    154
    I use a piece of software on my WSUS server called Local Update Publisher which lets me push out software via WSUS. I use this for Flash updates, but it'll do much more.

  6. #6
    cpjitservices's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Hessle
    Posts
    2,493
    Thank Post
    519
    Thanked 290 Times in 266 Posts
    Rep Power
    82
    I am currently trying LUP, but due to having my update folders hed on another drive I dont think LUP likes it as I get signature failures when it tries to find the WSUS folder. I also cant see where i can setup LUP to look on another drive.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    568
    Thank Post
    26
    Thanked 63 Times in 59 Posts
    Rep Power
    20
    most xp rooms have the auto update turned off via the mms.cfg file in the flash dir. which is handy to stop pupils clicking on upgrade and borking the install.
    upgrades done over the holidays, and we usually make sure we are in a "major" revision rather than updating for each slight version change.

    Some websites flash detection can force the most up to date version to install which can be a pain, interesting that WSUS can be used so going to give that a go.

    in one of the feeder schools i use GPO to roll out updates can be a little iffy if certain machines arent on and the update hasnt got enough time to get to the machine.

  8. #8
    cpjitservices's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Hessle
    Posts
    2,493
    Thank Post
    519
    Thanked 290 Times in 266 Posts
    Rep Power
    82
    yeah - we are getting popups for adobe and Java, I have looked around the Internet but realized we have a spare license for System Center Essentials which I believe can handle patch roll outs / updates IIRC, can anyone confirm or is any one using System Center Essentials ??

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Software update on 10.3.9
    By sidewinder in forum Mac
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 1st October 2008, 01:08 PM
  2. *nix WSUS: Caching software updates
    By ITWombat in forum *nix
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 3rd March 2008, 09:17 AM
  3. OS X 10.4.8 Software Update
    By plock in forum Mac
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 4th February 2008, 02:26 PM
  4. Software updates via Mac OS X Server
    By Osprey in forum Mac
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15th November 2007, 06:22 PM
  5. Network Software Update???
    By dagza in forum Mac
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23rd February 2006, 07:55 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •