At Acorn, we have a standard set of base applications that we push out to all of our client computers. These include but are not limited to Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and Java. These applications are typically the target of malware applications and as such, require constant updating. I will describe our the system that I have developed to keep our client computers up-to-date.
With Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Microsoft got rid of the web management interface to which we were so accustomed. With the objective of providing the update status of our managed computers all the way to our customer service representatives, I have developed a web and email interface for WSUS that provides real-time views of customer equipment from our WSUS server.