Controlling the timing of software updates
We deploy Java, Flash, Adobe Reader etc, all those standard things during the initial build of the PC. I'm after opinions on how people best manage the timing and deployment of updates to these programs, for example updating Java 6 Update 2 to Java 6 Update 21.
We have the Managed Install and can roll it out on demand but say I want to update my test group at the same time as I do the Windows security patching for that group? You can't schedule Managed Installs - best I can do is restrict deployment to the test group but I still can't control when it deploys other than 'at logon' or 'during bootup' etc.
Maybe scripting is the answer but that's a lot of work for some updates.
Oh and because we don't want Java, Flash etc prompting users to update ever, I don't use K1000 patching to do these updates because I don't know how they're configured in terms of setting the automatic updating.