Updating Java & Keeping Compatibility
Posted on 2012-08-31
Due to all the Java security issues lately, I decided to start testing with the goal of upgrading Java on all 800 computers on our domain. I use SCCM 2012 for things like this.
Currently, the version count is split between many versions of 6, 7, and a few that even have 5 - each with many versions of update releases. I'm only going to upgrade all with version 6 installed to 6 update 35 and all with version 7 installed to 7 update 7 (newest for both) as compatibility with some apps is a big issue.
The app used the most cannot run on the newest Java version so I've heard. I found that people that use it are mostly on 5u11. I deployed 6u35 to a couple of them successfully and had them test. When they opened the app, it immediatly prompted for them to install 5u11.
Besides checking for a new version of the app, is there an easy way around this so I can test with 6u35 or even 7u7? Does anyone know of a good resource or tool which deals with Java compatibility?
Also - besides version - is there any different in Java 6/7 and J2SE Runtime Environment?