Manage Java JRE using Group Policy

Ah, Java. You love it, you hate it.

You know you need it, but don’t know how you can manage it for all the computers in your enterprise.

Thank goodness for PolicyPak.

PolicyPak has a pre-configured pak for Java JRE which makes configuring the Java client on your desktops super duper easy.

You want to prevent it updating on a collection of users? Bam! Done.

Need to set security options for one group of users different than another group (users vs. developers)? That’s Cake!

Check out this video to see how it’s done:

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Java 7 U 51 and later have an -Exceptions Site List-. Here’s how to use PolicyPak to point all users on a computer to the same site exceptions list.

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UPDATE January 2013

The Department of Homeland Security recommends that you disable JAVA until a fix can be found. How will you do this (for Java or your other critical desktop applications?) With PolicyPak, this becomes super easy. See this video to see how it’s done (specifically for Java)

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How to Manage the security slider in Java 7:

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Our PolicyPak software snaps-in to the Group Policy Editor and mimics the user interface of the Java Applet itself. You can set key settings (like disabling Java from updating), like what is seen here.

Or ensure your users don’t download the JRE / Auto-Download, like what’s seen here.

Our PolicyPak software snaps-in to the Group Policy Editor and mimics the user interface of the Java Applet itself. You can set key settings (like disabling Java from updating), like what is seen here.

Right now, you’ve got sand through your fingers – everyone is on their own and you’ve got no way to manage them correctly. With PolicyPak, you’ve got the problem bottled up, and you’re in charge.

Besides, once you’re using PolicyPak to manage Java JRE, you’ll also get to manage all your other enterprise desktop applications the same way: Flash, WinZip, Firefox, and any custom applications you have. They’re 100% included –   absolutely free.

It’s all included when you’re a PolicyPak Professional customer.

PolicyPak was designed by Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz – who “wrote the book” on Group Policy, runs GPanswers.com, and lives and breathes Group Policy and enterprise software deployments and desktop lockdown.

When you’re ready to get serious about managing the Java applet and the JRE today, PolicyPak is ready for you. Unless you want your users to continue to see this.