I figured my problem out today, hope it helps with yours.
See this link.
I installed an old JRE (6 update 27) and it fixed the problem.
We are catching the patches up on our server tonight.
As far as simply making ssl the connection, I found a nice and very helpful step through checklist at Re: SSL Encryption for Data Sources: which I'm describing here:
- The SQL database admin sent me a certificate with a public key to which I had to use RegEdit to keep outlook from blocking it, and I uploaded it to the web server into the root C:\ drive;
- I created a simple keystore on the web server's root C: drive: at the dos command prompt: C:\>keytool -keystore sqlstore.jks -genkey -alias sqlstore ....then answered a series of security questions;
- Imported the uploaded public key into this keystore: C:\>keytool -importcert -file NameOfPublicKeyCertificate.crt/.cer -keystore sqlstore.jks -storepass Password -alias sqlserver
- After verifying the ip address & port number on the remote server would receive the connection either via a studio express connection from my end or an odbc connection, I entered these parameters into the coldfusion admin datasource advanced settings: EncryptionMethod=SSL; trustStore=C:/sqlstore.jks; trustStorePassword=Password; ValidateServerCertificate=false;
I had a very difficult time finding this information so I hope this can be helpful.