From an Admin perspective (command line, file locations, config files),
How can I tell where java is installed?
How can I tell if/where there are multiple versions (version6,7,8/x86/x64)?
How can I update from a central source?
I think Java is a simple copy and overwrite, but I am not sure where to, and if I am looking in the right places.
I am not interested in removing Java necessarily, but know what is there and how to patch it. So if I read these correctly, what I am hearing is;
OK, so what about central patching? Can I just download and extract and copy out the files? I think this may be bad practice since the folder naming convention may get out of sync, but maybe I could just add the new folder, and adjust a reg key.
Additionally I am told that (when I have to do this manually :P that I have to do the Java control Panel update, and then do it all over again in Firefox. Seems incorrect to me, but I am the new guy so...
One note to understand, these are workstations that require virtually 100% uptime, so experimenting with them is not an option. Hence why I am asking what seem to be basic questions.