Legacy Internet Explorer and Java

A common use case in enterprise environments is using legacy Internet Explorer browser with old versions of Java. Many line of business web applications and plugins no longer work with the latest browsers. Using a legacy browser container can solve that problem and still allow your users to have all the latest operating system patches.

Below is a step-by-step guide showing how to build a standalone executable that packages Internet Explorer 8 with Java 6.

Begin by installing the Turbo Client and Turbo Studio. You can get the latest version of each here.

With the Turbo Client installed, pull the images that we need from the Turbo.net hub:

# pull internet explorer 8
> turbo pull ie:8

# pull java 6
> turbo pull jre:6

Now we will need to import those images into Turbo Studio to use. Starting with our Java 6 image, import the image from the local repository.

Studio IE + JRE configuration type

Select oracle/jre:6.45.

Studio IE + JRE image selection

Save the imported image to a location on your machine. Here, c:\turbo\jre-6.45 was chosen.

Studio IE + JRE output folder

Once the import is complete, set the Project Type to "Layer (.svm)" and set the Output File to "jre-6.45.svm". Save and build. You will now have c:\turbo\jre-6.45\jre-6.45.svm.

Studio IE + JRE ribbon output file

Now we need to import our Internet Explorer 8 image. Import from the local repository and select microsoft/ie:8.

Studio IE + JRE local image selection

Save the imported image to c:\turbo\ie-8.

Studio IE + JRE IE output folder

Change the Output File to "IE8+JRE6.exe" (or any other appropriate name for your scenario).

Studio IE + JRE output file

Add jre-6.45.svm to your layers library by clicking the Layer button and then Import Layers.... Select c:\turbo\jre-6.45\jre-6.45.svm.

Studio IE + JRE layers

Select jre-6.45 in the layers list.

Studio IE + JRE layer selection

Save and build. Below is an image of our new IE8+JRE6 standalone executable running side-by-side with native Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10.

Studio IE + JRE launch

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