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Any way to allow non-admin end-users to update certain software

Posted on 2012-03-18
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In a default Windows domain, non-admin users cannot update Adobe Flash or Reader.  Is there an easy way to work around this?  I currently push out the software via GPO, but I would prefer that each user be prompted for the update and be allowed to install it, just like it happens on standalone and admin computers.

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by:waleeda
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if you have somthing like SCCM System Center Configuration Manager, you can push the update as well as do silent installation in the backgroud without giving the user local admin priviledge...
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Currently it is not possible, users must have admin privileges to install the Adobe Flash Player updates.

In such case a work around would be to create a script which would run the installer with admin credentials. For this you can use CPAU. So if the installer and script is available for the user then they just have to launch the script to install the software.

In Adobe Flash Player usually update is run using a Adobe installer utility, it may be difficult for an user to even try the above work around. So, the best option is wait for the version 11.2. This version of Adobe Flash Player once installed will not require any user intervention for update installation. I am not sure when it will be available. Current version available is 11.1.102.63
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To automate flash player, I created a Policy and added the following:
 
Under Computer Config, Prefrences, Windows Setting, Files I created a new File Item.
 
I set Action = Replace, Created a Source File named mms.cfg* (more below) and have the destination file as systemroot%\System32\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg (or %systemroot%\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg for x64)
 
*I used notepad to edit the mms.cfg, and used the following in the body:
 
AutoUpdateDisable=0
 SilentAutoUpdateEnable=1
 AutoUpdateInterval=0
 

My non-admin users now update flash in the background silently and automatically.  I'm currently investigating Reader and Java myself at this point so let me know if you find a method
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