Solved

Non-admin updates

Posted on 2011-03-21
6
539 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Does anyone have a good solution for allowing domain users (non admin) to install updates to common software like Java, Adobe, and Windows updates?
0
Comment
Question by:ECENTER
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:Scottyworld
ID: 35186037
To be honest, its never a good idea to let "users" upgrade their own PCs. All versioning should be controlled by the IT department, that way you shouldn't get any incompatibility issues.
Windows updates can be pushed out to all PCs using WSUS, while updates for Java and Adobe products (Flash, shockwave, air reader etc) we package and push out via SMS/SCCM
However!
With regards to Windows updates, you can set a group policy to allow non-admins to receive the update notifications
computer configuration > Policies > Admin templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Allow non-Administrators to receive update notifications

I'm not sure you have much choice for the adobe and Java updates, as they would be considered software installs, rather than "updates", and so the Power Users group wouldn't help either
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ECENTER
ID: 35192494
Thanks for the reply Scotty.  Our users do receive notifications for Windows updates, they simply cannot install them.  Would changing the domain policy as you describe above allow that as well?
0
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
Scottyworld earned 180 total points
ID: 35194166
If the users are already getting the notifications, then changing this GPO will not change anything(at least I'm pretty sure it won't! - no harm in trying though!)

Sorry, sudden thought, just to clarify.... how are the notifications getting to the users?
Do you have a WSUS server for distributing updates? If not, then the notifications will be coming down from the MS website.

If you are using WSUS, then it could be your GPO (mentioned previously) is not configured properly - post the settings here and I can take a look for you.

How are your update settings configured on the PC?
System Properties > Automatic updates
Are they greyed out (implies forced by GPO) ?
0
Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.

 
LVL 47

Assisted Solution

by:Donald Stewart
Donald Stewart earned 70 total points
ID: 35196029
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:Scottyworld
ID: 35212416
If you're using SCCM (instead of SMS) then MS provide their own version of the tool that dstewartj mentions above
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0446cce9-94a4-4fb0-b335-e7516044063d&displaylang=en
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:ECENTER
ID: 35233830
Thanks all!
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

User Beware!  This is a rather permanent solution to removing your email from an exchange server.  The only way to truly go back is to have your exchange administrator restore your mailbox from backups.  This is usually the option of last resort.  A…
In this article we will discuss all things related to StageFright bug, the most vulnerable bug of android devices.
Viewers will learn the different options available in the Backstage view in Excel 2013.
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

735 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question