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What is the most reliable method for automatic updating FlashPlayer (and Java, Acrobat Reader etc.): GPO or LUP or ...?

And as follower: Can you give me link(s) for complete decsription of respective procedue?

I tried  FlashPlayer via GPO but encounter infinite loops before login, errors 1714 on removing old versions. This might be due to missing knowledge of GPO settings for this purpose.

Many thanks
Michael
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by:Will Szymkowski
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GPO's have never been very easy to work with when it comes to deploying software. That is why Microsoft has SCCM. This is much easier to deploy software (any vendor) to machines etc.

I have also used software called Desktop Authority, which basically extends your Group Policy. This allows you to lock machines down but you can white-list applications that you want the user to have access to e.g Flash Player, Java etc.

Desktop Authority was originally created by Script Logic, but has since been purchased by Dell.
http://software.dell.com/products/desktop-authority-management-suite/

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Long ago, I bypassed all that with scripts through psexec on a private networks.  This works whether or not you use AD as long as your account is in the local computer Administrators group.  Don't do this on open networks.  When the place you work for is budget constrained, you just go with the available free tools.

You used to just run it with the /S for silent install.
psexec \\computer1,computer2,computer3  install_flash_player_ax.exe /S

now it's just /install
psexec \\computer1,computer2,computer3  install_flash_player_%VERSION%_active_x.exe" /install

You'll have to stop IE first
psexec \\computer1,computer2,computer3  taskkill /F /IM iexplore.exe

You can write for loops too.
for /L %i in (1,1,25) do psexec \\computer%i install_flash_player_%VERSION%_active_x.exe" /install
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by:sg08234
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SSCM sounds well but it's not within the budget.

Solution with psexec: Theu users may not have local computer Administrator rights.

Many thanks so far, but: No Recommendations concerning GPO or LUP?

Michael
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You run the psexec with an account that has admin rights.  It's a remote command.  You don't run it as the local user.

You can run it with the remote admin account, but you'll have the supply the account name with the -u option and the password with the -p option.  It's better to use a local admin account that has the same password credentials as the remote admin or use a domain account that is in the Administrators group of the remote systems.  This is why I mentioned that you should only do this on a secure network.
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I'll stay with GPO - Thanks
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