Yes..I use ARD to push the Flash and Java updates out. However, it requires that all of the Macs be turned on and they're not all in one building. They're in separate buildings, 4 or 5 miles apart. You cannot use ARD to turn Macs on. This only works with the Xserve. This is part of the pain it the ass part...along with I just updated flash last week or the week before and now its blocked again. So I have to start all over again. I also just read someone found another exploit in Java so I assume that will be blocked again as well. As far as pushing the update out, it doesn't take very long. Its just a pain that I have to stop what I'm doing, try to get all of the Macs turned on in the entire district, and push the updates out one room at a time. Then you'll get someone who closes a lid of one of the MacBooks or something which puts the Mac to sleep, or they'll shut it off.
The other pain in the ass part is I'm not in that school district everyday. For example, I wasn't in that district today and of course flash was blocked today. So it ruined someone's teaching plans for the Mac lab at the elementary school because they wanted to use something on the internet that required flash. For anyone that doesn't have clue what its like working in an educational environment its not fair to the teacher to do all of this planning and then have something go wrong so they have to change their plans on the fly. Not only does it ruin their plans, but also the students productivity.
When updating flash you have to extract the pkg file out of the flash installer. Of course Adobe has to be a pain in the ass and go against standards for the Mac side when installing things. The installer for flash isn't a pkg file itself. You have to right click on the installer and Show Contents, then navigate to the Resources folder where you'll see the flashinstaller.pkg file.
To my knowledge, ARD installers being pushed out only work with .pkg files. Sucks when you have someone still using InstallerVISE. Yes...lazy developers still use this believe it or not.
So I think you can see where I'm coming from with this. It may seem like its simple, and doing it is...its just getting everything prepared and hope something doesn't happen in the meantime. Its just a hassle I'd rather not have to deal with. In a home environment you don't have to worry about this. You just download and install it.
Edited by macxpress - 3/1/13 at 8:18pm