Orchestrator to update java & adobe.

I would like to us System Center 2012 to set baseline configurations and update programs like Java and adobe reader. I am not sure where to start looking for instructions on how to do this. Any help would be appreciated.
mobankerAsked:
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
It is definitely not without effort but with SCCM, for domain machines, most of the roll out and scripting will be one time effort. Though it seems easier said than done, it required testing esp when scripting is involved (which i am not savvy into it). Regardless, SCCM can deploy software and likewise perform the compliance check hence you can rollout to required machines
There are 2 ways to deploy software updates using SCCM 2012 R2, Manual and Automatic. In Manual software updates deployment, a set of software updates is selected the Configuration Manager console and these updates are deployed to the target collection whereas Automatic software updates deployment is configured by using automatic deployment rules. This method is used for deploying monthly software updates and for managing definition updates.

When the rule runs, the software updates that meet a specified criteria (for example, all security software updates released in the last week) are added to a software update group, the content files for the software updates are downloaded and copied to distribution points, and the software updates are deployed to client computers in the target collection.
http://prajwaldesai.com/deploy-software-updates-using-sccm-2012-r2/ 

Also see this use case scenario - Remediating Non-Compliance with Software Distribution that Targets Computers with Software Packages or Scripts by Using a Collection that Is Automatically Populated with Computers Reporting Non-Compliance. It runs through the steps https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693611.aspx#BKML_Remediating_Non_Compliance_with_Software_Distribution

Key is also to complete the picture by looking at "How to Manage Application Revisions in Configuration Manager"
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682096.aspx

In any case, you can also "Take Action on Assets That Report a Failed Deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager" http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2012/03/23/tips-and-tricks-how-to-take-action-on-assets-that-report-a-failed-deployment-in-system-center-2012-configuration-manager.aspx

overall, it is about try out and taking first (or many) step
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
you will need to set the configuration baseline under compliance such as
e.g. \Assets and Compliance\Overview\Compliance Settings\Configuration Baselines, Right Click on Configuration Baselines, Select Create Configuration Baseline.
In this example, it is checking on Adobe AIR
https://sccmguru.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/configuration-manager-2012-compliance-baseline-to-disable-adobe-air-automatic-updates/
See more example under this https://sccmguru.wordpress.com/2014/08/
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mobankerAuthor Commented:
btan,

Thank you, this is a great start! As a follow up, can I use it to also install java and adobe etc? Bring it up to the current standard?

Thank you.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
the configuration checks has the "Create Rule" which in example shows "Add Script under Discovery Script" and "Add Script under Remediation Script." though it is for AIR example, so need to adjust accordingly then. SCCM also has s/w deployment. Also this is another quick sharing on things to note for (example) java http://www.labareweb.com/java-1-7-auto-update-deployment-with-sccmmdt/
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mobankerAuthor Commented:
btan,

Before I let you go (and I will award you the points) Is it easier on the deployment side to just install Java or adobe on the machines manually and let the baseline checker remove older versions? In short, is the programming difficult or can a junior programmer figure out the installation files easily? It looks in depth.

Thank you.
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Adding other references for script used to install Java and eventually package as software to be push down.
- "Deploy Sun Java 7 update 67 silently using SCCM" http://www.itsupportguides.com/configmgr-sccm/install-sun-java-update-silently/
- "How to Deploy Java 8 Using SCCM 2012" http://www.ohoque.com/tutorial/how-to-deploy-java-8-using-sccm-2012/
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mobankerAuthor Commented:
btan,

Thank you for your help, I will get work!
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