Category: Group Policy

Disable Adobe Acrobat XI Updates with Group Policy

By default, an installation of Adobe Acrobat XI will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests […]

Disable Adobe Reader XI Updates with Group Policy

Like Adobe Reader X, an installation of Adobe Reader XI can check for updates automatically. In a small environment, this may not be a problem (honestly, I would encourage it!). However, in a larger (typically managed) environment, this can generate unnecessary bandwidth usage, problems when users update their own installs with untested updates, and unnecessary […]

Disable/Enable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for Users/Non-Admins with Group Policy

In a previous post, I covered disabling/enabling the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) for Administrators via Group Policy. Disabling the IE ESC for Administrators is usually something I don’t recommend in a production environment. However, disabling it for Users/Non-Administrators is a different story. In most cases, you won’t have someone logging in to […]

Disable Adobe Flash Updates with Group Policy

Like many other applications, Adobe Flash has built-in update functionality that checks for updates and will prompt the end user to install the update. Unfortunately, these updaters are not always smart enough to know whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a very small environment, this may not be a problem since users […]

[Sort of] Manage Adobe Acrobat XI with Group Policy

Like Adobe Reader XI, Adobe Reader XI has added the ability to be managed by Group Policy. Now that Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat XI, the administrator templates are also available for download (ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/11.x/11.0.00/misc/AcrobatADMTemplate.zip), here’s how you install the Administrative Templates to start managing the settings Adobe deemed to be “common enterprise settings.” Update (November […]

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