Nexenta Storage, VMware, and Dell Blade Servers – Posts to come…soonish

Well they say that if you put it down on paper then wishes can turn to goals. Assuming that this still works using the internet in place of paper and pen then that is what I am doing now. Making a goal of blogging down some of the details of a couple solutions I’m working on. In each case we need to deliver more reliability, more storage, and more performance.

I have a few projects that we are working on right now where some of the details may be of use to others out there. We primarily work with the SMB size business in and around Utah. As such I sometimes find myself searching for ways to put great companies in a position to leverage some great technology in a manner that allows for growth yet still manages current costs and performance. The old saying of bigger, faster, and stronger is always preceded with cheaply in the small business world. Further it is said that you can pick any two from the list of Good and/or Fast and/or Cheep. However, sometimes you can mix the three for a solution that works.

I’m hoping to get this out here by the end of the year. Wish me luck!

Cisco ASDM error with latest java update

Well it seems the current update to java (6 update 10) does not work with Cisco ASDM. After the update trying to connect to a Cisco ASA will give the following error: “Unconnected sockets not implemented”. CLI still works of course but if you use ASDM don’t upgrade past JRE 6 update 7. You can get older java versions here.

My config: Vista Ult x64 – JRE 6 u10 – Cisco ASDM 6.1(5) (most current ASDM as of now)

What I had to do to access ASDM after the java 6 update 10 “upgrade”.

1) Remove ASDM* (ASDM installer seems to look for java so this must be done before removing java)

2) Remove Java 6 update 10

(I rebooted here)

3) Install Java 6 update 7* (I ended up running both the 32bit and x64 installs. I think because ASDM is 32bit and didn’t see the 64bit Java install?)

4) Re-Install ASDM

*Note: It may not be required that your remove ASDM on a 32bit system or if you install the 32bit java 6 update 7 as ASDM may just see the new (older) java install. When I installed the 64bit java this is what I had to do.

Best of Luck and I hope this helps someone out.