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How to manage Adobe and Java updates for all workstations on a domain

Hi all,

We are in need of some group policy objects or some other method to manage Adobe and Java updates. The goals:
Disable automatic updates of all Adobe and Java software across all workstations on the domain
Run manual update of all Adobe and Java software at a specified time across all workstations on the domain
We tried GPOs that modify the registry to affect the way Adobe and Java behave, such as these found on TechNet but they did not disable updates on Adobe or Java. None of the users on these workstations have local administrator privileges so the update would need to be obviously run as an administrator. The versions of Acrobat and Flash are X and XI.

Thank you.
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Lior KarasentiCommented:
If you have a WSUS server on your network you can use this free tool to accomplish such tasks: http://wsuspackagepublisher.codeplex.com/

I use it in my networks and it works great when configured properly.

Check the guides at the discussions section of the site.
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
That seems like an awesome solution, but we don't have a WSUS server available. I suppose it would be impractical to configure a WSUS server for just this purpose. If a WSUS server is not an option for us, what other solutions exist?
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GeisrudSystems AdministratorCommented:
If no WSUS, I suppose there's no chance you have System Center (SCCM) either?  I'm actually going through this currently myself using SCCM to deploy these.

I have Java and Adobe Acrobat working, and I'm ironing out the kinks in Flash.
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

Well it turns out that the GPOs (which I put in my initial post) DO work. We just had to fix the old DNS server on-site so that the GPOs got to where they needed to go and we're all set.

Thanks for your suggestions; we will definitely be looking into those for others clients who may have WSUS servers.
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
The reason I've selected my own answer as a solution is because I've discovered why my original attempts failed and corrected them on my own.
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