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Is there a way to force all machines with java not to check for updates?

Posted on 2013-06-25
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We have SUS that pushes updates but I am wondering if there is a way to force the control panel settings on all machines to not check so they are not being checked as often and only by SUS?
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This can be done via Group Policy as described below

I have created the .adm template just to simply enable or disable Java auto Updater via a GPO. For all future searches, here is how to disable / enable Java Updates on a group of computers via a GPO. Just copy all of the text in between the lines below, paste the text into notepad, and save the file as a JavaAutoUpdater.adm, and then you can go into your GPMC and right click administrative templates (under computer), click add templates, and browse to the .adm file you just saved (one for java) and import it. You will also need to click on administrative templates, then click view, click filtering, and uncheck the "only show policy settings that can be fully managed".

                                   

                                 JAVA

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CLASS MACHINE

CATEGORY !!Java

        POLICY !!Checkforupdatesatstart
 KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy"
            EXPLAIN !!Checkforupdatesatstart_Help
                VALUENAME "EnableAutoUpdateCheck"
                    VALUEON NUMERIC 1
                    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
        END POLICY

        POLICY !!EnableJavaUpdater
            KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy"
            EXPLAIN !!EnableJavaUpdater_Help
                VALUENAME "EnableJavaUpdate"
                    VALUEON NUMERIC 1
                    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
        END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
Java="Andy' Java Template"
EnableJavaUpdater="Enable Java Updater"
EnableJavaUpdater_Help="When set to Enabled, Java Updater can run and the 'Check for updates' option appears on the Help menu.  When set to Disabled, Java Updater cannot run and the 'Check for updates' option does not appear on the Help menu."
Checkforupdatesatstart="Check for updates at start (non-policy)"
Checkforupdatesatstart_Help=""When set to Enabled Java will check for updates at startup.  When set to Disabled Java will not check for updates at startup."
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by:bergquistcompany
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Hello,

Copy under the --------------- to the "End Category" or [strings]?

From the .adm I am unclear which field is actually doing the disabling?  As I want to have it disabled.  So if I want to be able to get into Java in Control Panel but not have it check or run updates I'd set both to disable?
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by:andrewjamesb
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Hi Berg

You would need to copy below as it is and this will work for you as I have described above;

CLASS MACHINE

CATEGORY !!Java

        POLICY !!Checkforupdatesatstart
 KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy"
            EXPLAIN !!Checkforupdatesatstart_Help
                VALUENAME "EnableAutoUpdateCheck"
                    VALUEON NUMERIC 1
                    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
        END POLICY

        POLICY !!EnableJavaUpdater
            KEYNAME "SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy"
            EXPLAIN !!EnableJavaUpdater_Help
                VALUENAME "EnableJavaUpdate"
                    VALUEON NUMERIC 1
                    VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0
        END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
Java="Andy' Java Template"
EnableJavaUpdater="Enable Java Updater"
EnableJavaUpdater_Help="When set to Enabled, Java Updater can run and the 'Check for updates' option appears on the Help menu.  When set to Disabled, Java Updater cannot run and the 'Check for updates' option does not appear on the Help menu."
Checkforupdatesatstart="Check for updates at start (non-policy)"
Checkforupdatesatstart_Help=""When set to Enabled Java will check for updates at startup.  When set to Disabled Java will not check for updates at startup."
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by:bergquistcompany
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Ok I'm going to try it and to confirm as is it will disable control panel java from checking and installing updates?  

Copy from Class Machine....to....startup" correct?
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by:bergquistcompany
ID: 39329797
ok added and check for updates at start is not configured nore is enable java updater
I should leave at not configured or set both to disabled?
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by:andrewjamesb
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Set both to disabled. Then you can update at a future date as you wish and when you want. Rather than the automatic installer running in the background

Hope this helps :-)
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FABULOUS!  Thanks so much!
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