Software Deployment Tips

#1: Flash Zero-Day: Easy Flash Deployment

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Software Deployment Tips – Flash deployment

It’s Monday morning, you are dragging your sleepy self to your desk. Perhaps you gamed too much yesterday or drank a few beers watching the game. The first thing you do after logging in is opening your e-mail: there it is, an e-mail from the IT manager:

“Hi Frank, There is a zero-day exploit on Adobe Flash (again), could you a.s.a.p update all our computers with the latest patch from Adobe?
Regards, Bob.”

Sigh…you know Bob is going to sit back and flirt with the girls in the office while YOU have to deal with this hassle. WRONG! We got Easy Software Deployment. Let’s show you in this first Software Deployment Tips blog article easy Flash deployment, so you will be the hero of the day! 😉

Step 1

Download the Adobe Flash Player plugin and/or Active X update (click on either link to download!).

Step 2

Place the downloaded files on your application share, in our example \app.localrootApplicationsAdobeFlash.

Step 3

Browse to this location and create a new text file called mm.cfg.mOpen the mms.cfg file and add the following lines:


Save the File.

Step 4

Create a new file called Flash.cmd and add these lines:

SET Adobe64=C:WindowsSysWOW64MacromedFlash
SET Adobe32=C:WindowsSystem32MacromedFlash

msiexec.exe /qb /norestart /i “%~dp0install_flash_player_19_active_x.msi”
msiexec.exe /qb /norestart /i “%~dp0install_flash_player_19_plugin.msi”

if exist “%Adobe64%” xcopy “%~dp0mms.cfg” “%Adobe64%” /e /i /h /y
if exist “%Adobe32%” xcopy “%~dp0mms.cfg” “%Adobe32%” /e /i /h /y

Save the Flash.cmd file.

We now have these files:

1. Flash.cmd
2. install_flash_player_19_active_x.msi
3. install_flash_player_19_plugin.msi
4. mms.cfg

Step 5

Start the ESD Manager.


Step 6

Select Add one or more installation item(s), click next.


Step 7

Select Windows Installer and click Next.


Step 8

We want all computers to receive the update, no matter who is logging on. This is a zero-day exploit we are talking about, ON A MONDAY! SelectComputer Based and click Next.


Step 9

Select Flash.cmd and click Open.


Step 10

Give the installation item a name, we named it officially Flash 19.0.226. Click Finish.


Step 11

We were smart to put this in our little cmd file. So just click OK.


Step 12

Select the Deployment Options menu. Select Start at OS Startup (System).


Step 13

Select the Availability Options menu. Now select what computers you would like to deploy the patch to, or just go and tick the box: Membership passed for everyone. Hit the OK button.


Step 14

Hit the Save and Deploy button (marked below) and wait for clients to boot.


Step 15

Viewing the installed software after a reboot from the client and you will see this.


Done! Now let’s walk over to the coffee corner and talk to your collegues about the levels you cleared in your favorite game or tell them about that wonderful goal your favorite team made.

This blog on flash deployment was originally posted on Medium.

#SoftwareDeploymentTips is a recurring blog series about current news in the software/app world.
Each time we will handle a situation, which is important and relevant at that time, and we will show you how to quickly take care of it using Easy Software Deployment.

Written by Frank van Hoolwerff, our Senior Technical Consultant.


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