Quick Trick: Configure Adobe Flash AutoUpdate

In a perfect world, Adobe Flash would have died a long time ago. In this hypothetical perfect world, we’d also have everybody on Windows 10, but we don’t live in a perfect world, and so consequently, in 2016 we’re still installing Flash ActiveX in 32bit Windows 7 installs. I don’t like it anymore than you do, but at least we can make sure that the copy of flash we’re installing is updating, and doing so silently; automagically and checking EVERY time it starts.

This is simply done by using a MMS.cfg file. Two settings will need to be set, SilentAutoUpdateEnable to 1 and AutoUpdateInterval to 0 (Everytime, No Interval). To be OCD, I also explicitly set AutoUpdateDisable to 0 from the start. This file then needs to be in the System32\Macromedia\Flash folder for 32-bit systems. 64bit will need it copied to SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash (thanks Sean!). To do this we need a script that we can bundle with the Adobe Flash install.

MMS

Back in the day anytime I needed to copy a file from server to client during a deployment, I was creating a new script from scratch. Eventually, I just started using a basic template. This was all of course, before I found the CoreTech file copy script.

Once you have created this MMS.cfg file, create a folder with the Flash folder, place the cfg file inside, and copy the coretech folder inside like below.

Flash

Import this into the share as an application. Use The syntax below and bundle with Adobe Flash installer.

CopyFIles

SEE ALSO: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html

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