System Center Configuration Manager 2012R2

Hi Experts,

If I create a package that rolls out successfully and then want to update the package with a new .exe, will that update the package and push the new exe out

In our environment we have only been able to push Adobe flash exe using the package. I have to create a new package every time there is a new release of flash. Can I just replace the exe and let it push out and install.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

First, I know this is semantics, but do you mean an Application or a Package? It makes a big difference. Microsoft has created a new deployment type "application" which is very feature rich and can handle updates using supercedence. Packages on the other hand are legacy and only work as crude deployments.

For Flash or other apps you want to upgrade you either need an MSI (Adobe supply an Enterprise download you register with them for) or use an EXE and you use a custom deployment type. When you add it as an application there's a tab for supersedence and you just add the newer application there, and tick uninstall for the old app. It works very well.

Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
You do not need to deploy Flash Player that way. Us System Center Updates Publisher. You can Update Flash, Adobe Reader as a update. Take a time and configure this.

If I Update Flash Player, I just need to do 1 click:

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jaya31Author Commented:
Hi experts,

We set up the publisher and tried to update that way and it just doesn't work, not sure what the reason is. I also tried using the flash msi - doesn't work. The only method that works that we recently tried is using the application format with EXE.
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jaya31Author Commented:
I looked at the supersedence tab, but you still have to point it to an older application package, you would have to create it every time
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

SCUP is good, but it does need quite a lot of setup. Long-term it would be better than using supercedence but if you don't have the knowledge or time, then supercedence is fine.

I always use the MSI (as provided by Adobe) and never had a problem with it, so we need more info than "it doesn't work".

As for pointing to the older package, yes, you point it at the older package the first time.
MSI 1 - first package
MSI 2 - removes MSI 1
MSI 3  - removes MS 2

It chains, so when you get a new release you create a new package (application) and then supercede and uninstall the previous install, which will already exist. The workload is of course having to add the MSI to CM each time. If you use PowerShell there's very little labour. That said SCUP reduces it further.

Let us know what the problem with the MSI was and we'll assist where we can.

jaya31Author Commented:
Hi Experts,

Thanks for the response, apologies for the delay. We did have SCUP installed and not very much success. The things that caused issues,

1.In the past when we used scup and choose local published applications and Adobe flash in classification, it stopped the download of software updates, upon researching after we removed that, software updates were able to work again.  - After recently adding it again it works, maybe an update fixed it

2.Using Scup we had a high percentage of failed installs. I just tried it again and it seems that it didn't affect the software downloads, but still getting a high percentage of failures please see attachments

First attachment - The failures through scup. Second attachment - Success Percentage using scup 67%(first entry) the other two are using the exe - more than 90%

Is there any logs that can detail what is causing the failure on the user machine. Looked through the wsussync.log and could really make what the issue is. Researching online, I see that I may have to do with prior versions of flash?
jaya31Author Commented:
Hi experts,

Doing research came up with the following, if we delete the registry key under  [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\A180D90768E45F34D976E6FA74EE85E5] then the deploy adobe flash using scup, it works.  Seem there was some issue with prior versions of flash, for us it is version 11. The problem is that key changes based on different releases. Question how do we delete across our organization when all the keys are different,
The only way I see is the key lists product name - ProductName"="Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin"

I posted another question to see if there could be some sort of script that would delete everything in [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\ that has the ProductName"="Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin
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