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Forcing updates from Adobe, Java, etc without requiring user interaction.

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Running Windows Server 2012 ad Domain controller, DHCP, AD etc.
Workstations are blocked from many aspect by group policy and running windows 7.
Users of workstations have not admin priveleges at all.

Is there a way to allow certain upates to complete without requiring administrator intervention whilst user is on workstation?
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by:Joseph Moody
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System Center Configuration Manager will install software while a user is using the computer.

You could also create scheduled tasks using Group Policy Preferences that run the update silently.
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In addition to SCCM, you could use other tools like WPKG to push updates to computers:
http://wpkg.org/

SuRun would let you allow users to run certain applications, like the automatic updaters for many programs, with admin rights.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/surun/
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by:jcimarron
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AIGS--For Java
http://sourceforge.net/projects/autojavaupdater/

For Adobe Flash Player (you did not mention Adobe what)
http://forums.adobe.com/message/4723788 
Note you will have to do one manual installation first to be able to check the "Install updates automatically...." box.
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

> Adobe, Java, etc
This list could be 10 applications, but maybe you have hundreds, so what is "et cetera" containing?
My approach is: GPO software deployment for Adobe reader, Java JRE, Flash. Other softwares: updates sometimes pushed via WSUS (WSUS together with sourceforge addon LUP).
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by:AIGS
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Just to clarify, the updates we are looking at are:
Java, Adobe Reader, Flash, Shockwave
I am sure there will be a number of others that we may add in the near future (not concerned about WSUS as we have this running already).

I have tried an app called "ninite", the blurb about it seems to indicate it would work well and ceretainly covers a multitude of apps updates. As I have only just started testing it, the jury is out, until I have tested the command line options.

Tried LUP on Windows Server 2012 - wouldn't run after installation - kept wanting to debug itself - no other info at this stage.

Will look at "surun" and "wpkg" shortly.
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LUP is compatible to WSUS 3 - Server 2012 uses WSUS 4, that's why. I hope they wll produce another version.
GPO-deployable MSI-packages are available for all the products you mentioned. If it is enough to install those automatically on reboot, you should be fine. If you need on-demand-installation (so no roll out is wanted), you can also use GPO-deployment, this time however, you would assign the packets to users, not computers.

Thing to note is: with GPOs, you already have all you need, as long as the setups can be either repackaged to MSI or the setups can be wrapped to MSI (there is a freeware for this: vinsvision MSI wrapper).
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by:AIGS
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Thanks for the advice.
For now I am going with "Ninite" as it seems to be working well with little setting up from me (famous last words).

Gary
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