Software Deployment Question

Java 32/64 bit deployment best practices

12/01/2014 2344 views

Hello community,

We have an enterprise environment with all 64 bit Windows 7 machines.  I have been deploying Java up to this point in both 64 bit and 32 bit flavors to prevent issues where a user using the wrong IE wouldn't experience any problems.

I was curious how other companies deploy Java and what their mentality was towards it.  Do you guys deploy both flavors of Java, or only one?  Is there a reason to go one way over another?  Any suggestions or direction would be much appreciated.  Thanks.



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  • Only 32-bit Java in my organization for years. Never had one case where a user needed 64-bit.

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In my experience, the general perception of 64 bit IE is that it has little or no relevance to business scenarios. It is also unable to support the large number of 32 bit add-ons that exist for 32 bit IE.  Some situations have the 64 bit IE shortcut removed to avoid issues.
Consequently, there are few circumstances I have experienced where 64 bit java is deployed, and removal of the 64 bit shortcut does of course reduce the risk of running the wrong version quite substantially.
In summary therefore, unless there is a compelling reason to support 64 bit IE, the lowest cost solution is to disable the 64 bit browser as far as possible and don't bother with Java x64.
Answered 12/01/2014 by: EdT
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Yep, I agree.

I do a lot of javas for a lot of clients. People think that since the Windows device is x64 Java has to be.
Even funnier is the 'developers' who think they are on an x64 machine developing x64 apps.

Make the x86 IE the default browser. People will never need to know which sort of java they need. It all happens by magic.

BUT, I do have one client, I don't know how this happened, but they actually have a need for x64 IE and x64 Java. Very strange and I think they are trying to get rid of it.

Stick with x86 (for these apps in particular)

Answered 12/02/2014 by: Badger
Red Belt

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