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Java Advanced Management Console 2.7

By: Deepu Xavier | Product Manager

Java Platform Group is pleased to announce the release of Java Advanced Management Console 2.7 (AMC) on 18th July 2017. AMC, part of Oracle Java SE Advanced product offering, offers system administrators greater and easier control in managing Java installations across enterprises.

Some of the most important features of AMC are:

Java Usage Tracking: AMC leverages Java’s usage tracking feature to get complete insight into the use of Java applications in an enterprise and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) used for running those applications. AMC has agents for Microsoft Windows and macOS systems. The agent will discover all available JREs and will automatically enable usage tracking on them. Supported JRE versions are 1.4.2_35 or later, 5u33 or later, 6u25 or later, and any version of 7 and 8. AMC agents running on each managed desktop collect the information on available JREs. This information is used by the AMC server to report on JREs below security baseline, total number/ versions of JREs available and the deployment ruleset details available in each desktop (details).

Deployment Rule Set Management: Deployment Rule Set allows organizations to manage Java Applets and Webstart applications by centrally defining and managing the version of JRE used to run those applications. AMC can also be used to create, configure and distribute Deployment Rule Sets (DRS) across desktops. Administrators can use this to maintain a blacklist/ whitelist of applications by configuring specific Java versions to be used only for known & safe programs (details).

Java Installer Customization: AMC enables administrators to set up installer packages (MSI for Microsoft Windows and PKG for macOS) for the JRE. These customized installers enable system administrators to manage an automated, consistent installation of the JRE across all desktops in the enterprise. AMC helps administrators to create configuration files and custom installers by defining custom post-install/ pre-install scripts, default install location etc.

JRE Management: With the JRE version information available from the AMC agents, an administrator can remotely uninstall outdated JREs and may also push installation of custom MSI/ PKG to selected target desktops.

AMC 2.7 includes a number of enhancements and fixes to better monitor and manage Java in enterprises. Some of them are as listed below:

  • Non-enterprise Java installer support to help install non-customizable JREs on desktops, (EXE installers on Microsoft Windows and DMG installers on macOS).
  • Dynamically modified desktop groups will be now automatically updated. In addition, AMC 2.7 also allows desktop groups to be created based on IP ranges rather than based on individual IPs.
  • AMC 2.7 agents can now detect Java SE 9 installations on managed desktops. Users can search for Java SE 9 installations on managed desktops and can also search for applications that run on Java SE 9 in the console. (Please note that AMC can’t be deployed on Oracle WebLogic server running Java SE 9).
  • Container-based user authentication allows customers to configure user authentication in the Oracle WebLogic server and leverage it in AMC.
  • Improved administrative features to
  • choose which JRE types to track on managed desktops (web-enabled JREs/ all standalone JREs/ all JREs, including private JREs)
  • turn off automatic agent updates so that administrators can choose how they want to update their agents on managed desktops
  • turn off Java auto update so that administrators can control the install/ uninstall of JRE on managed desktops
  • export to file option for failed JUT records

For more details on new features, limitations and known issues, please refer to the AMC 2.7 release notes.

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