*** Guest Blogger Karl Gibson, CS Enterprise Systems Engineer ***
A few weeks ago, Jody was kind enough to ask me to write a guest blog about RUM. Misunderstanding him and keen to impress so as to secure a permanent spot on this blog, I threw myself into the research I felt was required. I visited all 1,000 pubs in Dublin to sample there finest RUM, what I came to realize in pub 999 is that Ireland actually only imports 3 brands of rum, lesson learned! Needless to say when I presented my findings to Jody he was not impressed and clarified he would actually like me to speak about the newest Enterprise IT Tool codenamed RUM (Remote Update Manager) So let’s get on with it.
Through my experience in speaking with IT Admins in the Enterprise and Education sectors, I have noticed the default behavior in most cases when building packages with AAMEE is that most people seem to select to have clients suppress updates. This I think is for 4 main reasons:
- Users are not Admins on there own machine, which means updates will fail.
- Control and validation of updates
- They use AAMEE to create update packages
I think everyone agrees that keeping software up to date is important for a number of reasons, chief among them security and bug fixes.
The RUM tool allows you to remotely initiate the Adobe Updater on client machines. It works as follows:
1. Admin creates package using AAMEE and selects update options, for example admin chooses to suppress updates.
2. Package is deployed and installed on clients
3. RUM file is copied to clients
4. Using a 3rd party deployment tool, admin sends a command to all clients telling them to invoke the Adobe Updater. Updater launches as admin and pulls down and installs all updates for CS products installed on the client from either Adobe.com or if you have set up your own internal Adobe Update Server using AUSST then updates (Mac or Win) will come from your internal server (saving bandwidth)
RUM will run when executed regardless of the update selection you have chosen in AAMEE and works with Creative Suite version 5 onwards.
We have already seen this tool being used to great effect and with people implementing it into there update schedule and having it execute automatically with designated frequency.
But don’t take my word for it, test it out today. If you have installed AAMEE 3.0 then you already have RUM, which is located in the “Adobe Application Manager/Enterprise/Utilities” folder.
If you just want the RUM tool, here is the direct link
Now I am off to get Vitamin A for my liver.
Karl Gibson | CS Enterprise Systems Engineer