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Is there a tool or method to build an inventory of the version of Adobe Reader installed on computers in a domain?

This would allow specific targeting of Adobe Reader updates to the computers who needed it, say from version 9 to version 10.

  • If I deployed an Adobe Reader X MSI to all computers, would the MSI continue to be transferred to each computer every day where the MSI checks the version of Adobe Reader installed?
  • Is there a different method GPO software installations use to check the version before transferring the MSI files over the network and installing them?
  • Is the MSI file cached on the computer?
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How many installations are you talking about?

You can build an inventory using the psinfo.exe and findstr.exe commands from Microsoft:

psinfo.exe  \\computername -s  | findstr.exe -i "adobe" > computername.txt

Output:

Adobe AIR 1.5.0.7220
Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX 11.0.1.152
Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin 11.0.1.152
Adobe Reader 9.4.6 9.4.6

From there you can group a list of people who need an upgrade.

Possible next steps:

  • If just a few people, visit their desk and install
  • If more than just a few, publish an app via a GPO, and send an email to manually launch. Then audit and repeat.
  • If lots, set the GPO to push

You may want to invest some time in a CMDB like Open-Audit and auditing will not be an issue.

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