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Maintaining Adobe Reader updates on a network

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Is there a simple but affective way to install and keep installations of Adobe reader up to date on a Server 2008 and Windows 7 network?

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Assign it to group policy?

3rd part utility?  wpkg perhaps? http://wpkg.org/Adobe_Reader

psexec? I used to run WSUS for windows patches and run all the 3rd party stuff with psexec and use the silent install switches.

To install or upgrade Adobe reader 9.5.0
psexec \\computer1  msiexec /qn /i "%SOFTWARE%\reader95\AcroRead.msi" allusers=1 TRANSFORMS=%SOFTWARE%\reader95\AcroRead.mst

To remove adobe reader 9.5.0
psexec \\computer1  msiexec /qn /x{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-A94000000001}
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If using psexec does it check to see if its running the latest version first and then not run if it is?
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I don't remember if the silent install of the adobe command did that.  I think it might generate an error code that will indicate what state it's in.  It's been 2 years since I worked on Windows, but many of the silent installs generated error codes telling you whether it installed or another process was running.

I usually ran the remove command on all the previous versions of adobe reader, just in case there was still an older copy.  There's a list of them.  I usually kept track, but occasionally another admin would ghost a system with an older image and not tell anyone.  They wouldn't update the ghost image either, very frustrating when you work with people that don't care about security and want to do less than the minimum.  You can also check which version exist by querying the remote registry and match the removal string, if you want to run the command in a more robust unattended script.
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