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Best way for pushing ongoing Flash updates though GPO?

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Currently I push out Flash though GPO and everything seemingly works fine. When there is a new update for Flash I edit the GPO, right click on the existing version, choose remove and then select the "Allow users to continue to use the software, but prevent new installations" option. I will then add the new version after that. I do the advanced install and add the version number. The only thing in the GPO will be two entries for the Active X and Plug In MSIs.

I do the same thing with Shockwave and full number releases of Java and Acrobat Reader. With Java 6 to 7 I do an advanced install and have the new 7 upgrade remove the 6 version.

I wanted to see if these are the "best ways" to do this, or if "stacking" the updates is a better way to do it.
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Does that slow down the start-up process on the client if there is a bunch of updates on there? Flash, Java, Shockwave, etc are constantly updating!
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Yes, they do update constantly; but through GPO they won't automatically. I mean you will have to do the steps in the link each time an update is released. Moreover the updates for all flash, shockwave, java won't usually be simultaneous and thus you can plan it and manage it to have the least impact on your network.

For what it's worth, if you have the budget, it would be better to utilize a software distribution tool for this purpose like Altiris or AMP.
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