Brocade Java Problems

Brocade Fiber Channel switches running FabricOS, in particular the DS-300B switches suffer from problems when trying to make use of the web based Switch Explorer. This usually results in getting an error something like the following:

The version of Java plugin needed to run the application is not installed. The page from where the plugin can be downloaded will be opened in a new window. If not, please click here: Download correct Java version.

One solution is to install Java 1.6, which is now outdated and not receiving security updates. A better approach is to use Java 1.7 and simply bypass the version check. This can be achieved by visiting the following URL:

http://IP ADDRESS/switchExplorer_installed.html

You will need to make sure the URL is added to either the Local Intranet or Trusted Sites zone in internet explorer for this to work. Unfortunately this solution will only work with Java 1.7, Java 1.8 introduces some additional security requirements which I’ve not looked into yet.