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Silently Uninstall Flash Player

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 23, 2015 12:30:00 PM

You can silently uninstall Flash Player relatively easily. Flash provides an uninstaller you can download which covers both 32 and 64-bit installations. You can get it here. While that's handy dandy for uninstalling from your own machine, let's take it one step further and make it easy to uninstall from any or all of your company's machines. You can also import the pre-made, ready-to-rumble Uninstall Adobe Flash Player package from the PDQ Deploy Package Library.

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Topics: Adobe Flash

Silently Install Adobe Reader DC

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 21, 2015 2:43:24 PM

Adobe Reader saw some significant changes with its latest release. Let's try and break it down. Adobe Reader DC (Document Cloud) is the update and upgrade for Adobe Reader 11... but that's not all. There are two tracks of Adobe Reader (with two different installation files) called Continuous and Classic.

Choosing Between Continuous and Classic

The Package Library is a great resource to silently install Adobe Reader DC (and many other things). Literally all you need to do is select your choice of package (select Adobe Reader DC for the continuous track, or for the classic track (preferable) Adobe Reader DC (Classic) to import and you're ready to deploy to your computers. 

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Enabling/Disabling Java (NPAPI) in Google Chrome by Using the Registry

Posted by Kris Powell

Apr 16, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Note: Watch Shane and Lex explain how to enable the Java plugin in Chrome in their recent webcast.

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Topics: powershell

Manage Java's Control Panel and Exception Site List

Posted by Shane Corellian

Apr 7, 2015 11:06:41 AM

We all know how easy it is to deploy Java to all of our computers using PDQ Deploy. If you would like a refresher you can watch this video where we deploy Java 8.

Managing Java's Control Panel and Exception site list from a single source is not only possible, but totally do-able and you can also use PDQ Deploy to help you do this. Let's manage the Java 8 control panel and exception site list from a single source. To do this, in addition to your own customized properties file, you'll need two additional files. 

Create a deployment.config File

A default deployment.properties file, located in a User's profile is where the control panel and exception site list are usually managed. However, this is only on a per-user basis. This is not too helpful to a sys admin needing to manage multiple computers or maintain standard settings across their enterprise. 

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Topics: java

See What's New in PDQ Deploy 6

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Apr 2, 2015 1:40:00 PM

PDQ Deploy 6 is currently in beta. Get the latest features (and alerts for new betas) by going into Preferences > Auto Update and enabling Include Beta Versions. You can also click the link sign up for email notifications.

What's New?

New Steps for Packages

Access to all the different steps are now under a New Step button. You'll also notice some new steps in PDQ Deploy 6. 

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Topics: pdq deploy

Silently Uninstall Java

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 25, 2015 4:45:00 PM

Did you know you can silently uninstall Java from all of your Windows computers? PDQ Deploy has pre-built Uninstall packages in the Package Library for Enterprise-level users, (or, of course, you can write your own uninstall package).

Silently Uninstalling Java

There are three Java uninstall packages available in the Package Library. Each package uninstalls Java installations in a particular family. The three families are: Java 6, Java 7 and Java 8.

Each uninstall package will kill browsers and any currently running Java processes before proceeding to the uninstall. This is generally considered a best practice as you can encounter some nasty errors if a target computer has Java actively running at the time of either an install or uninstall. 

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Software Deployment and Group Policy with Jeremy Moskowitz

Posted by Shane Corellian

Mar 23, 2015 1:47:00 PM

If you manage Active Directory and/or Group Policy, there's a good chance you've already heard the name Jeremy Moskowitz. Jeremy Moskowitz is a Microsoft MVP expert on all things Group Policy. He also founded PolicyPak, a necessary add-on for centrally managing applications via Group Policy. 

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Topics: Group Policy

Create Shortcuts on User Desktops using Powershell

Posted by Kris Powell

Mar 19, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Let’s take a fairly common task that many system administrators face: creating shortcuts on all user desktops.

PDQ Deploy and PowerShell go together like eggs and bacon. There are so many things that PowerShell can do by itself, but when combined with the power of PDQ Deploy, the sky becomes the limit for what's possible.

We’re going to assume that PDQ Deploy and PowerShell are already installed.

Using PowerShell to Create a Shortcut on All User Desktops

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Topics: powershell

Silently Install OpenOffice

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 18, 2015 4:13:08 PM

If you're interested in how the pre-built package from the package library for OpenOffice works and how to make customizations to the package, or need to create a package to silently install OpenOffice yourself, watch the video below and read on. 

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Topics: OpenOffice

Silently Uninstall Applications

Posted by Annalisa Williams

Mar 11, 2015 3:24:03 PM

Methods for uninstalling applications will vary from application to application. Because there isn't a standard way to perform uninstalls, you will need to do your homework

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Topics: silently uninstall

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