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Adobe flash 11.2 question

I know how to deploy the flash msi, but my question is..


Is there a way to select "Install updates automatically when available"? Currently, when you push the 11.2 update out, it defaults to 'notify me when updates are available'. So, power users still can't update adobe, and I would have to go around to every computer and change this setting.


Thanks in advance!



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  • Yes, Adobe states that this is possible by deploying a file named mms.cfg with certain parameters listed. 

    Here is the link. I'll copy a snippet from this page which relates to your question.


    Administrator configuration of auto-update notification and background update process

    Administrators can configure auto-update notification settings by deploying a file named mms.cfg. The mms.cfg file is intended for configuration by an IT administrator and is stored on the user's computer. Flash Player installation does not create the file. You can use third-party administration tools, such as Microsoft System Management Server, to replicate the configuration file to the user's desktop.

    The mms.cfg file is a UTF-8 text file. The format of the mms.cfg file is a series of name=value pairs separated by carriage returns. If a parameter is not set in the file, Flash Player assumes the default value. When set, values in this file override the user-configured settings stored in a per-user local shared object.

    Note: Settings in mms.cfg override the users settings and users cannot change it through Settings Manager. Settings Manager, as viewed by the user, doesn't reflect configuration settings set by mms.cfg.

    If you are deploying Flash Player 8 or later, store the mms.cfg file in the following location depending on the operating system:

    • Windows XP, Vista --C:\WINDOWS\System32\Macromed\Flash
    • Windows 64-bit -- C:\Windows\SysWOW64





    0 allows auto-update based on user settings.

    1 disables auto-update.


    <0 (or absent)

    Takes a numeric value.

    <0 (or absent) uses value from player settings.

    0 checks for updates every time the player launches.

    >0 specifies the minimum number of days between check for updates.



    0 allows background update.

    1 disables background update.

    See the full link for additional details. We will probably create a PDQ Deploy installer and post it here so that others can import it into PDQ Deploy and quickly deploy it.
  • Excellent! I am in the process of trying to make one now, I am using the 10.3 instructions and trying to implement the 11.2 commands. Hopefully I can figure it out, or i'll wait for yalls release! Anyway, thanks for the response and a great product!

  • Didn't have any luck with the getting the installer to work. Any one else have a working 11.2 installer with auto updates checked?

  • Will you attach your mms.cfg? Also, if possible, please attach your exported installer from PDQ Deploy (File > Export). The exported installer will be an XML file. I'll load it in our lab and see if we can see where the problem lies. 

  • Attached! Thanks!

  • Hi Daniel, will you please rename your installflash.cmd to installflash.txt and attach it?

  • While I wait for the installflash.cmd, I did want to point out that the cmd is likely referencing the flash install file(s) provided by Adobe, but the way the PDQ Installer is setup, these needed files will not be copied to the target computers. There is a checkbox on the installer window which shows "Include Entire Directory". Please check this box so that all files (and sub-directories) in the same directory as installflash.cmd will be copied down with the cmd file. 

  • Good to know, thanks!

  • I am using a list of files and a batch which I am packing in to a selfextracting archive...



    @echo off
    echo Installing AdobeFlash v11 32bit
    echo Removing previous version
    uninstall_flash_player.exe -uninstall
    echo Installing new version
    install_flash_player_11_active_x.exe -install
    install_flash_player_11_FireFox.exe -install
    copy mms.cfg %WINDIR%\system32\macromed\Flash\mms.cfg
    echo detecting 64bit OS if %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%==x64 goto WinX64
    echo Installing AdobeFlash v11 64bit
    echo Removing previous version
    uninstall_flash_player_x64.exe -uninstall
    echo Installing new version
    install_flash_player_11_active_x_x64.exe -install
    install_flash_player_11_FireFox_x64.exe -install

  • correction

    change line "echo detecting 64bit OS if %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%==x64 goto WinX64 " to

    echo detecting 64bit OS
    if %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%==x64 goto WinX64

  • Thanks for the help and work Selfman! Greatly appreciated.

  • You can also specify a switch when you call the installer. Just add "-au 0" to the command. So, if you were installing the ActiveX version, the full command would be "install_flash_player_11_active_x.exe -install -au 0". The 0 value enables automatic silent updates. I believe 2 completely disables automatic updates. This way you can install without any additional files.

  • Thanks Andrew. That worked flawlessly.


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