Adobe Flash Update PromptAdobe Flash Player has to be one of the most valuable bits of software ever created, yes HTML5 is taking over for some things but all the same I don’t see Flash disappearing anytime soon.

As such its important to keep Flash updated in your Enterprise. The one pain I’m sure everyone has come across at some stage is your end users getting the prompt to update Flash themselves (see right).

So what I will show you how to accomplish in this guide is

  • Obtain and Deploy a MSI for Adobe Flash Player to 32 and 64bit PCs that use Internet Explorer
  • Make it so that your users do not get Flash update prompts

A few things you will need

  1. A read of the Adobe Flash Enterprise Deployment Guide – http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html
  2. A licence to deploy Adobe Flash Player (its the only way to get at a MSI that will work) – http://www.adobe.com/products/players/flash-player-distribution.html
  3. Adobe Flash Tester (it will let you know if your deployment has worked or not) – http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

As part of the setup process you will need to copy a mms.cfg file to some locations on your PCs, to make life simple a sample mms.cfg is included in the ZIP file download below along with the paths to where the files need to be copied to (all is explained in the setup guide).

  MMS Config File (131 bytes, 632 hits)

32bit Windows – C:\WINDOWS\System32\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg
64bit Windows – C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg

So lets get this ball rolling! For the steps on how to mash out Flash to your users follow the screen shot sequence below.

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  • Gav says:

    Hi James

    Nice article!
    I’ve attempted to push out the Flash installation to users via this method but on the test machines I have had instances where Flash doesn’t work.
    The version reports it is installed from ‘Programs & Feature’
    Checked the rsop.msc and the software is applied

    Do you find you have to remove all versions of flash prior to deploying via GPO ?

    Thanks

    • James Preston says:

      You could probably run a script that would uninstall older versions (just find out what their MSI IDs are) and then at the end of the script install the latest version.

      In theory though Flash 11.7 should overwrite any other existing versions either way though…

      • Gav says:

        Hi James

        Thanks for the response.
        The previous versions of Flash weren’t necessarily installed via MSI packages, that in where I believe lies the problem.

        Do you have a sample script with MSI ID’s ?

        With some tinkering on a machine that Flash wasn’t working I managed to remove all versions then redeploy via GPO and that fixed the issue.
        However need to test on a larger scale before a site wide roll out.

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