Disable Adobe Acrobat XI Updates with Group Policy

01-disable_acrobat_xi_updates-iconBy 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 when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Acrobat update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Adobe Reader XI Updates with Group Policy

01-disable_reader_11_updates-iconLike 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 support requests to your Help Desk or IT personnel. Here’s how to disable the Reader XI update checks so that your end users don’t see update notices and can’t manually install updates.

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Disable Adobe Flash Updates on 64-bit Windows 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 may [*shudder*] have Admin rights; however, in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials… especially if you’re using some kind of systems management software to push out updates to your computers.

In this post, I’ll detail how you can configure Group Policy to disable the Flash update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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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 may [*shudder*] have Admin rights; however, in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials… especially if you’re using some kind of systems management software to push out updates to your computers.

In this post, I’ll detail how you can configure Group Policy to disable the Flash update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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[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 8, 2012) – Adobe has released the Adobe Customization Wizard XI for Windows. You can download it here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5515.

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[Sort of] Manage Adobe Reader XI with Group Policy

When Adobe announced Adobe Reader XI a few weeks ago, one of the new features listed was the ability to [finally!] manage common enterprise settings with Group Policy. Previously, you had to do all of this by customizing your install with the Adobe Customization Wizard. If you didn’t do that, your other option was to either edit the Registry or use one of the custom ADM/ADMX files floating around out there that (#1) isn’t supported by Adobe and (#2) isn’t true Group Policy since it isn’t modifying one of the Policy areas of the Registry.

Now that Adobe has released Adobe Reader XI, the administrator templates are also available for download (ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/11.x/11.0.00/misc/ReaderADMTemplate.zip), here’s how you install the Administrative Templates to start managing the settings Adobe deemed to be “common enterprise settings.”

Update (November 8, 2012) – Adobe has released the Adobe Customization Wizard XI for Windows. You can download it here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5515.

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Disable Adobe Acrobat X Updates with Group Policy

By default, an installation of Adobe Acrobat X 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 when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Acrobat update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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