IBM Advanced Management Module Java Setup for Linux

Here’s a common problem:
You have a Linux server and you want to open up the AMM and look at the remote video of one of your IBM blades. You do it and you see a nasty note telling you that you need to download java for this to work. Well, that’s true, but there’s a few more steps you need to do to make it work. Here is what you do:

1. Download java obediently like it says

Get the x86 version, not the x86_64. This shows up as i586. Since I typically do this on RedHat, I just get the RPM (the first one on the list)

2. Install Java

If you downloaded this with Firefox on RedHat, then it put it on your desktop:
[cc code lang=”bash”]
cd ~/Desktop
chmod 755 jre-6*bin
This will then install the RPM for you.

3. Link the plugin to the Firefox plugins

This is done like so:
[cc code lang=”bash”]
ln –s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_21/plugin/i386/ns7/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
(note: your java version may be a later release, so make sure the path exists.

4. Trick Firefox to start as x86_64

Since the plugin is i386, for some reason the x86_64 running version of firefox won’t accept it. No problem. Edit /usr/bin/firefox.
There is a line that looks like this:
[cc code lang=”bash”]
MOZ_ARCH=$(uname -m)

Change it to this:
[cc code lang=”bash”]
#MOZ_ARCH=$(uname -m)

5. Restart Firefox

After stopping firefox and restarting you should be able to see your AMM remote console working just fine. Give yourself a pat on the back.
AMM remote video on CentOS 5.5

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