We configure the silent installation following the Sun documentation here:
Here is our syntax:
jre-6u1-windows-i586-p-s.exe /s ADDLOCAL=All REBOOT=Suppress
The use of the MOZILLA=1 IEXPLORER=1 public variables has been discontinued as the plugins will be registered automatically for any supported browsers that are present. This is true starting with the u10 release of Java 6. Good news... we can now use the same Java installer for both business school and ETS deployment shares.
"ADDLOCAL=ALL" is not strictly required. If the argument is left out, "All" is assumed. We could instead specify "ADDLOCAL=jrecore,extra,other_us", which is equivalet to "ALL". "extra" includes extra fonts, colors, and sounds. "Other_us" includes US-locale-specific files.
The installer itself is a self-extracting archive wrapped around an MSI installer, with support files. If desired, one could rip open the archive and install using MSIEXEC, but why bother?