Want to Disable Jave Run Time Enviornment and Adobe Acrobat via GPO

Hi Guys

i am curious how can i disable Java Runtime Envi. orment.. its driving me in nuts.. every day i got a pop-up message on all client machines i really would like to disable it from GPO. i did

alot search on Google and i found something regarding registry values.

but i dont want to do on all of client machines because some of are winxp and some of are win 2000.

There is anyway so i can restrict updation for Java and as well as Acrobat Reader.

Every Month they release new version i am sick and tired from this.. i dont want to update it anymore.


Any suggestion would be appreciated.
neerajkrgargAsked:
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franked_itConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I hope you feel better by the way, getting sick stinks.
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franked_itCommented:
As for Adobe, I just did this for our enterprise.  Adobe requires a "signed" agreement to redistribute Adobe Reader within your environment.  Once this is in place (took a day for them to respond and provide authorization) you can download the Adobe Reader Customization Wizard, and the documentation.  Basically the process is this:
1 - Download standard Reader 8 installer
2 - Extract the installer by running it from command line or Run box with "-nos_ne" command line parameter.
3 - This will extract the files to your profile's temp folder which you can then grab and move elsewhere
4 - Open up the Adobe Customization Wizard and point it to the MSI that was extracted.
5 - Make your modifications in the GUI and save the MST file
6 - Now the folder has a customized installation, and all you need to do is run setup.exe

The webpage from Adobe to get started is:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/solutions/it/deployment.html#customize

To download the Adobe Reader 8 Customization Wizard, go to:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3564

As for Java Updater...
Here's a link that should help:
http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=5162382

If that's not available any more, the registry they listed was:
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy]
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:00000000
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:00000000
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You can run this registry key if you have a tool like PolicyMaker added to GroupPolicy, or as part of a startup script.  In your script you can run a line like:
regedit /s \\Servername\sharename\DisableJavaUpdate.reg
This assumes "DisableJavaUpdate.reg" is a file on the server that contains the above text.
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neerajkrgargAuthor Commented:
Thanks for ur response.

Tomorrow i will give a try. and also i want to make sure with u one thing is. should we have to pay money for it i am going to sign online re-distributable form.
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franked_itCommented:
Yeah, it sounds scary a bit, but there's no $$ involved, and the application is not much more than another information gather.  I also haven't gotten any unwanted emails or phone calls from Adobe.
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neerajkrgargAuthor Commented:
Yeah Very True..

Today i got fever did not go for work but just trying to do same as above at home. will update you .
Can you please give me little bit more knowledge abt JRE script. Because of in programming lang i am dumb :P



Thanks alot buddy.
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franked_itCommented:
First step is to create the DisableJavaUpdate.reg file on a server somewhere.  Just copy and paste the between the separators:
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy]
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:00000000
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:00000000
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Copy this into Notepad, and save it to a place on your server that is available as a "read" shared to everyone.

Similarly, copy the following:
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regedit /s \\Servername\sharename\DisableJavaUpdate.reg
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Replace the \\Servername\sharename to the location where you actually saved the .reg file, then save this as JavaUpdateRemove.bat on either the same share, or a similarly readable share.

If you already have Group Policy working, you can edit or create a Group Policy Object (GPO).  In that GPO, there will be a section for Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Scripts -> Startup.  Double click Startup and click the add button.  Then click the browse button to go find the JavaUpdateRemote.bat file you just created.

Save it all, then when the workstations next reboot, they should run that batch script which will run the registry edit.  This will happen at every boot making sure that a newly installed JRE doesn't start the updater.

This is just one way to do it, there are many.
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neerajkrgargAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks alot , i did same way and i applied this policy to my Test OU under Domain Computers. and i verified physically my reg value. Its working ..

I m still feeling like a piece of shit.. Cold $ Cough..
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neerajkrgargAuthor Commented:
Thanks Alot for ur help,
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franked_itCommented:
Bummer on still feeling terrible.  Wish there was something to drop colds/flu like you can fix most computer things...

Group policy is pretty powerful, will get you lots of places...
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