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Error Using EqualLogic Datastore Manager

UPDATE – 10/23/2013 – After upgrading the HIT Kit from 3.1.1.37 to 3.5.2.1 I am able to use Java 1.7 Update 45 without issue.

 

The Dell Host Integration Tools for VMware (often called the HIT kit) are a set of vSphere Plug-ins that assist in doing a lot of storage realted tasks on an EqualLogic SAN from within the vSphere client.

Recently I ran into an issue when using the EqualLogic Datastore Manager plug-in to create a new datastore. I first noticed an issue when the navigation pane on the left was stuck showing “Retrieving data…”.

I clicked on Create Datastore & got the same “Retrieving data…” message on the first screen of the wizard.

The message is due to a Java issue. Turns out it doesn’t work if you have the latest version installed which is 1.7 update 7 at the time of this writing. You have to downgrade to 1.6 update 35 which is the latest as of this writing. Then it starts working again.

So in conclusion…

Java is THE WORST software EVER. Worse than Adobe Reader & Flash. Everyone always talks about it like it’s so great because it’s cross-platform & runs on everything & blah-blah-blah. Yeah, that’s all great until you have to update it. And that’s the problem. It’s constantly being updated because it’s just one big security vulnerability. But you can’t update it to protect yourself because then all these Java applications stop working because these Java programmers can’t come down from their pedestal to fix their shitty software. You may think your language is so superior, but you should probably talk to a few System Administrators & ask them how great they think it is. We’re the ones that have to deal with your incompetence.

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  1. Jean Vallee
    September 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I so totally agree with your comment about Java. It should be ban.

  2. Dan
    October 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Great post, this has been driving me crazy since last week. Thanks!

  3. djrftmne
    November 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    LOL!!!! Same problem here….Huge concur on the conclusion!
    Hate JAVA so bad, it was one of the negative dings impacting purchase considerations of EqualLogic.
    I love EqualLogic, just hope they move away from JAVA asap.

  4. Christopher Williams
    December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Excellent! Bitten by another Java version problem. Thanks for the post. 1.6 update 38 seems to work fine too.

  5. May 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thank you Patrick!

    I just got bitten by this. Dell confirmed to me Java 1.7 was a problem as suggested I downgrade. Curiously, I tried Java 1.6 r45 and that broke. Now downgrading further to r35. To break an app on 1.6->1.7 is poor. To break on a minor release is unforgivable.

    Perl would never do this – Java sucks rocks through gnats’ willies.

  6. Kevin
    July 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks Patrick – should have guessed that it was a JAVA issue. Happens far too often……

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