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Installing Spark with Group Policy - a few questions

Hi all,

I am looking to push out Spark using a GPO - a few Qs-

  1. If I use the MSI with JRE - and a PC already has JRE - will this conflict? If the PC has an older version of java, will it upgrade?
  2. If I use an MSI without JRE - will spark still work? What would be missing without JRE?
  3. What is the difference between the Online and Offline MSI?

Thanks for any and all help,


First of all i suggest not to use MSI installers provided on the Downloads page. They have a lot of bugs. It is better to generate your own MSI. If you install Spark with JRE it will use this bundled JRE and there wil be no conflicts. This bundled JRE is in C:\Program Files\Spark\jre. You can always delete it (while Spark is not running) or install without it and Spark will automatically switch to the JRE installed on a computer. Online means it doesnt have JRE bundled. Offline is provided with the bundled JRE.

If there are issues with the MSI, looks like the question has basically been answered - normal install is the way to go.

Thanks for the help,