Packaging can sometimes be a nightmare and especially in educational environments where there is a very diverse range of software and it all needs to run everywhere. Its not fun when you get a broken MSI ruining your call queue, so I created this tutorial for an easy way to get a JAVA MSI on your network without having to package it.
1. Download an offline Java installation package here. (It must be an offline installation!)
2. Install it as you would normally and then navigate to the users Application Data location.
e.g Windows XP – C:Documents and Settings(Username)Application DataSunJavajre1.6.0
You will find omething similar to the picture below in the contents of this folder.
Now I usually keep all of the files together to be on the safe side and copy them to the deployment server.
If you are using Group Policy Software Installation to deploy your software you can just add the MSI and make it an Assigned intall. The MST file is optional and is not required for the deployment, however you can use the ORCA application to modify several settings within it in order to customize your installation.