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  • Dell DRAC Java Console SSL Socket Connection Error

    Issue: Error message “Error when reading from SSL socket connection” when launching Remote console on a Dell DRAC server using the Java Plug-in Type.

    I have always had a love/hate relationship with Java (You got me, its actually just hate, no love). There are a lot of Java configurations required for various applications but let’s get on to the actual issue.

    I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 in my lab with DRAC that I sometimes use for remote console and management especially if I am working remotely trying to resolve something in my lab. I tried to use the Java Console and I get the following error message.

    Error Message:  “Error when reading from SSL socket connection” 

    Some lab details:

    • Server: Dell PowerEdge 2950
    • Bios: 2.7.0
    • RAC version: DRAC 5 v1.65 
    • Java Version 1.8.0_31 (latest installed)
    • OS: Windows 10 Enterprise
    • Browser: Any – tested with IE, Chrome and Firefox

    In doing some digging I found that it was using SSLv3 which is disabled by default in JAVA.


    1. Open java.security file located in 
      1. C:Program FilesJava%java_version%libsecurity
        1. Note %java_version% will actually be the version of Java you have installed on your machine. Such as if you have installed JRE 1.8 Update 31 you would see the following path “C:Program FilesJavajre1.8.0_31libsecurity” 
    2. Comment out the following line by adding a #
      1. “jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms=SSLv3”

    Voila!! Issue resolved. I can now launch the remote console using the Java Plugin.

    I could have switched to Native and used ActiveX plug-in type but I also don’t always use Internet Explorer and broken things and work-arounds bother me…

    Thanks for listening, and let me know if this does not work for you.

    See you on the flip side!!

  • Cisco UCS Error Watchdog 8190

    I have seen this issue a handful of times at various sites and I thought I would share with you ways you might resolve this issue. 

    Issue/Symptoms:  Cisco B Series blade boots to a WatchDog 8190 Major error halting on every boot. Hitting ESC will allow the current boot process but each reboot will halt on the error.


    Reset CIMC
    Reset CMOS
    Recover Corrupt BIOS
    Cisco has also recommend in the forum post located here the following workaround as well.

    Work around

    Disabling POST ERROR PAUSE option in BIOS policy would allow the system to complete boot sequence without user intervention
    if you have a Cisco partner or customer account, you should be able to login and see the Bugfix for this issue located here. 

  • Citrix Configuration Logging Error

    Sometimes old bugs come back to bite us when we least expect them, we believe them to be solved. This has been the week of old bugs. On a deployment of Citrix XenApp 5.0 on Windows 2008 (x86) I was setting up Configuration logging.

    I should get the following message upon completion of the wizard.

    Instead I was greeted with the following message
    Invalid username or password.

    With some healthy google searches, I happened upon the following Citrix Forum post describing what I was experiencing.. I then asked the customer if they had a capital S as the first character of the password. BINGO.

    We created another account for configuration logging, tested and bingo we were able to set up the connection to the database, we verified the issue also by testing it first with a capital S and without and were able to duplication the issue.

    Issue: Configuration logging fails for administrators whose SQL Server password starts with a capital letter S.

    Resolution: Change the password to not use Capital S as the first character or use a different account for Configuration logging.

    Note: This issue has been resolved in most of the current releases of Citrix via hotfixes and rollup packs but currently there is no hotfix for XenApp 5 for Windows 2008.