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Posted on 2011-03-21
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Does anyone have a good solution for allowing domain users (non admin) to install updates to common software like Java, Adobe, and Windows updates?
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by:Scottyworld
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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
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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
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by:ECENTER
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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?
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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) ?
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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
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Thanks all!
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