Java is up there with Adobe Flash as one of the most challenging third-party applications to manage in a ‘secure’ enterprise environment. With that said, what makes managing applications in the environment easier, is dealing with them in MSI form.
One of the particular challenges with Java is that it comes in it’s own installation package which is difficult to deploy from a script, psexec, sccm or whatever your application deployment vehicle is. Little did I know that the offline java installation actually comes bundled with the MSI.
Once the offline installer is downloaded, go ahead and run it.
You can now go ahead and take these two files and move them to your install share or whatever location you’re looking to deploy from.
Edit: Found source of this information on Java’s website: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/msi_install.xml