i came accross this today:

http://ninite.com/

https://ninite.com/static/app/help/ninite-kace.pdf

and thought this might be a very usefull way of keeping my IE plugins up to date as my users are not admins so flash will prompt every now and then, was wondering if anyone has used it and if so, did they have any issues?
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The PDF runs through setting up a distribution for the Ninite software and says that it will run every time the computer checks in with the KBox. It was my impression that distributions would only run once, since once the software is installed it doesn't need to install again. Does Kace actually try to distribute more than once, or is the Ninite documentation incorrect?
Answered 12/09/2011 by: steelc
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Ill do a test amongst some of my colleauges.
Answered 12/09/2011 by: trentderby
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Problem I see with their doc is that they created a manual software entry, but no custom inventory rule; so the managed install wouldn't ever sucecssfully determine that the "software" is installed. Add a litmus test and there's no reason this shouldn't work like a champ. Of course It's always recommended to use the manufacturer's stuff, but I personally like ninite in certain situations.
Answered 12/09/2011 by: cblake
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I'm with Chris on this one.

Its always better to use what the vendor is giving.

Plus i think ninite is only free for personal use.

Last but not least, this means when there are updates to the app, all the computers will be downloading them from the internet.

All that aside, ninite is one of my favorite apps ever! I setup a schedule task on all my home machines to run once a week.
Answered 12/09/2011 by: dchristian
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The Ninite Executable will always update the software to the newest version. So if you download a ninite executable that has Flash in it when the next version of Flash comes out it will go and grab the newest version. I think by not creating a custom inventory rule the idea is it will push out and run the executable each time a machine checks in. Also like dchristian said ninite is only free for personal use, and can use a good chunk of bandwidth since it needs to go outside your network and download all of the updates.
Answered 12/13/2011 by: cb.sean
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cb.sean your hypothesis is probably good. It would be nice if they would publish that. If you were using a custom inventory rule that looked for the existence of the executable on your machine (you would have to copy it down some other way I guess) then you would also need a script (probably offline) that would run on ninite command line given on a schedule.
Answered 12/18/2011 by: GillySpy
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We use it but not with Kace, I love it.  I have created a few scripts for Domain wide deployments and single computers deployments.  I just wish I was better with excel then I could take what NINite gives me and update this montster spreadsheet of all of our users.  The support is very solid, I usually get responses within a few hours.

Answered 08/24/2012 by: localuser
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