Understanding and Responding to Recent Changes Made to Java Deployment in Shavlik Patch

Version 3

    Purpose


    This document provides documentation to our clients on how Java deployments in Shavlik Patch have changed recently with Java 7 Update 71 and why these changes had to be made, as well as providing best practices to ensure proper deployment of Java patches.


    Symptoms


    Shavlik Patch users may have experienced issues deploying recently released Java patch (Java 7 Update 71), or noticed changes in the deployment mechanism. In some cases Java patch deployments that previously worked without a reboot may not be successfully installed until a reboot is completed. Understanding the changes made to Java deployment in Shavlik Patch and how to respond to them can help administrators keep Java fully patched in their environment.


    Description

     

    Due to changes made by the vendor with Java 7 Update 71 that caused silent patch installations to fail - changes had to be made to the way Shavlik deploys these and future Java patches. These changes had to be made to ensure continued support of Java patches in Shavlik Patch.

     

    Java update installs will now be scheduled to run at system reboot.

     

    Resolution


    To ensure successful patching, deployments of Java 7 Update 71+ updates will now require a system reboot.


    If you have any difficulty publishing these patches and getting the newer Java patches to deploy successfully- please contact Shavlik Support.

    http://www.shavlik.com/support/contact/


    Affected Product(s)


    Shavlik Patch 2.x