I’m sure if you have ever spent any time looking after PCs you will soon come accross Java asking for updates; in a managed enviroment you wouldn’t want your users to see this prompt and the simple fix is to deploy Java properly.

Before I go any further I would like to thank the creator of this articlehttp://adminadventure.wordpress.com/ 2012/06/12/java-jre-deployment-via-group-policy/ which most of this article is based upon (with a few my world of IT tweaks).

A few things you will need

  1. A download of the Offline Installer for Java -
    http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
  2. The Orca tool MSI editor tool (part of the Windows 7 SDK) – a guide to installing it can be found here http://myworldofit.net/?p=1368

Since there are too many modifications in Orca to be included in the screen shots I have listed them in the table below instead (everything is in the Property table).

After a few requests the transform file (pre created) is now available in the ZIP file below

  Java 7 Transform (943 bytes, 436 hits)

So now that you have everything you need just follow this screen shot series.

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6 Responses to Deploying Java 7 to the Enterprise via GPO

  • sam skinner says:

    Quick question?
    We have a lot of 64 bit windows 7 computers in our district.
    How do you install 64bit java before 32 bit java on those machines so they install properly using the above method?

    Thank you for the great instructions for 32 bit!!

  • Chris says:

    This is great. Could I still use your precreated transform file with other updates of Java Version 7? E.g. if I mix your transform file will the MSI for Java Version 7 Update 45 will it still work?

    • James Preston says:

      Hi Chris,

      Always best to run your own testing but unless Java go and change something big the transform file should work with future versions of Java 7.

      Cheers,
      James

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