In the past I generally customized installations such as for Reader or Flash to change things like turning off autoupdate and other things. Now I am seeing that I could use patching for newer installations for Reader and Flash but I am wondering if my customizations will be overlaid.

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If you push out 'updates' or 'patches', they should not change parameters you defined at installation. With the K1000 patching module, you do have the option to 'Include Software Installers'. These are full installers of the software title, and it is possible they could overwrite your custom settings. These should be used with caution, also, as they will deploy to any machine you assign them to, no matter whether an older version of the product is installed..

For best practice, I would recommend testing any scenario you use before deploying fully.


Answered 04/17/2012 by: jaredv
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  • I'm not positive that this follows with the Flash player settings. I think that a safer way to proceed is to also enforce the update settings with other techniques, like group policy or the appropriate registry settings/files.
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Any patch will not change the settings you have already changed. Patches just change the key files in the application.

Answered 04/17/2012 by: piyushnasa
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The applications I am particularly interested in patching are Flash, Shockwave, Java and Reader. Would it be wise to have a label for each application and then deploy them at different times? I was thinking I would do some careful testing and then put all the application patches into one label. What would you recommend?


Answered 04/19/2012 by: jfrasier
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I have created seperate patch labels for each application and staggard the schedules for different days and times.  I feel that this helps to reduce the amount of time my users spend allowing updates to run on programs that cannot be running when updates are applied, like Adobe or MS Office.

Answered 03/13/2013 by: josh.marshall
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