How to run Cisco ASDM as a Java Web Start application


My goal was to use Cisco ASDM on a Ubuntu system; for the Linux systems Cisco offers a Java version of the ASDM application. The application can be executed as a Java Web Start application meaning that basically you need only a browser and a JRE (Java Runtime Environment) to execute the application.

The working workflow should be the following one:

  1. go to the Cisco web console (in my case the url was https:/
  2. retrieve the jnlp (Java Network Launch Protocol ) file (in my case the file name was asdm.jnlp)
  3. execute jnlp file to start the ASDM application.

In my case, while executing the step 1 from the previous workflow I had the following error:


I was pretty sure that the JRE is correctly installed but because of some obscure reason the browser do not recognize that the JRE is present.


After trying different solutions like importing the Cisco Web Server certificate to the JRE keystore, mark the Cisco Web Server url as a trusted url for the browser and for the JRE, I found a way to solve the problem (retrieve the jnlp file).

So, looking to the HTML code of the index.html page you can see 2 divs with self-explanatory ids (“jws_installed” and “jws_not_installed”). The visibility of this divs is handled by the display attribute (display:none will not show the div, display:inline will show the div). As you can see on the original page the div that should be shown if the jws is installed is not shown (see the red arrow on the following image).


So, by modifying the display attribute of the “jws_installed” div, it would be possible to render the page as if the browser recognized that JRE is installed on the system. And here is the result:


Now, you can click on the “Run ADSM” button, so the jnlp file can be downloaded on your system. Once you have the jnlp file, then you can execute it using the following command:

javaws ./asdm.jnlp


How to mount VMware shared folders on Ubuntu 11

Environment: VMware Fusion 3.1.3 on MacOsX Leopard. Virtual system: Ubuntu 11.10

Goal: Mount the (MacOsX)folder /Users/ady/Downloads as a shared folder on the Ubuntu system.

Step 1: In the VMware Fusion turn on the sharing for the Ubuntu system:

Step2: On Ubuntu install the VMware tools (see this for more details)

#install kernel headers so modules will work
#needed this on a 10.04 guest running in a Fusion 3 host
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-virtual

# install kernel modules
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-dkms# OR: a headless install
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends open-vm-tools

Step3: Create a Dowmloads folder in the /mnt directory

cd /mnm
sudo mkdir Downloads

Step4: Update the fstab file
Add at the end of the file the following line:

.host:/Downloads /mnt/Downloads vmhgfs defaults,ttl=5,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0

Step5: Restart the Ubuntu system.