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Cisco ASDM Java path fix
Posted on 11-05-2009 03:39:50 UTC | Updated on 11-29-2009 05:41:30 UTC
Section: /software/ios/ | Permanent Link

I installed Cisco ASDM launcher Ver. 1.4(3) which is offered as a download when you try to login through the web interface of Cisco PIX devices. When you download and install the ASDM from the webpage your getting a local copy of the Java based gui for administering a Cisco PIX security appliance. The problem is after mine installed it would not start and throw up the error message:

Unable to find Java Runtime. Please download and install a Java runtime from Http://www.borland.com/jbuilder/resources/javaruntime.html

After searching and searching for this error I found nothing. I figured the program would read the system wide JAVA_HOME path to find Java. It was not that smart so I finally found out how to configure the program to point to my Java installation.

  1. Find the asdm-launcher.config file (C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\ASDM\asdm-launcher.config).
  2. Right click, choose properties and remove the 'read only' check.
  3. Open the file and add the following line: javapath c:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\client\jvm.dll (switch this path with the path to your jvm.dll file).
  4. Save the file and replace the read only check.

After doing that ASDM started right up.

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