More and more websites' utilizing Flash force web browsers to utilize only the latest version of Flash.
Since Adobe has to patch Flash on a seemingly weekly basis this is quite the management conundrum.

So are we to bite the bullet and download a new MSI every other week to keep up with Adobe's buggy garbage or are there ways that idiots such as myself need to learn to automate the task?

Thank you for any feedback, insight you provide.

FYIs: My environment: 2008 R2, deploying almost exclusively via MSI-based GPOs. All scripting is Greek to me.
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Well, it all depends. If you push everything out and your users don't perform updates, then yeah, you're pretty much stuck with grabbing new .MSIs and deploying them. Of course, if the new version just fixes a security hole, you might be able to make an adjustment in a GPO to block that hole, and then skip that version. But it's probably just as easy to push out the new .MSI file.

And there are ways to use automated systems (Kbox Kace, Altiris, SCCM, etc.) to push out the updates, but that still requires a person to be involved and to manage things (as well as costing more $$).

Think of it as job security....
Answered 11/17/2010 by: Lucid
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In my experience, most websites only enforce major updates. I don't update unless a problem comes up (or critical security issue). Considering flash is small it only takes overnight (if that) to do our 5K machines. Haven't had any issues keeping to major versions yet. But then again... maybe when there's more than one person looking after everything, then I'll do the "wants" instead of just "needs".
Answered 11/18/2010 by: syn
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If you're using SCCM or even just have your own Windows Update server you can check out EminentWare (http://www.eminentware.com/index.html) which you can download and deploy without having to package it up.
Answered 12/20/2010 by: usachrisk
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