What is the state of the art in free update tools for an admin?

Posted on 2011-04-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
What are the most cost effective tools out there to update Adobe Reader and Flash as well as Java in domain workstations in a small business (40 PC's) automatically? I am already setting up WSUS for MS patching.
Question by:HardwareDude
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    Expert Comment

    The easiest way is to create a GPO (Group policy) allowing java flash and adobe to update in the background. WSUS for all other updates.  

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    Use Local Updates Publisher to install adobe,flash, etc by using WSUS
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    Or dump WSUS altogether and get Shavlik NetChk Protect. It will get all the MS stuff as well as Acrobat, flash, Java, QuickTime, etc.

    Bigfix is another option and I believe it's slightly cheaper than Shavlik. However Bigfix requires an agent whilst Shavlik can be deployed either agentless or with an agent (or a mix of the two).
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    Accepted Solution

    Shavlik nor Bigfix are not cheap by any standards.

    There's Secunia CSI that is much more affordable and covers many more vendors than BigFix and Shavlik combined.

    WSUS is Free as well as Local Updates Publisher.

    Author Comment

    Secunia is $2900 a year though. Wouldn't call that affordable either.

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