How do I deploy a specific Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version such that it will never update itself?
Posted on 2010-09-08
To support a new application I need to deploy a specific version of JRE ("1.6.06" or "6 update 6") to large numbers of PCs in a Windows 2003 AD environment. The application only supports a given version of Java which is usually many upgrades older than the latest one.
I'm currently deploying JRE 6 Update 6 (the latest version supported by the application) using MS Active Directory Group Policy Object Software Installation, however it stills prompts to update itself. Users will probably follow their noses and upgrade manually.
I have tried using a GPO with a custom ADM template to set certain registry keys namely:-
HKLM\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\EnableAutoUpdateCheck=0 and
JRE still tries to update itself, probably because there are other version-specific registry keys which have an EnableJavaUpdate value set to 1.
I could set these, but would need to intervene for every new version of Java our application supports.
Do you know of any way to deploy JRE, ideally using GPOs, for eg with an MST file , to prevent any updating?