How To: ThinApp Firefox 29 and Plugins for vCloud Director 5.1.x

In response to this article about Firefox 30 and vCloud 5.1.x and this article about Java updates breaking everything I decided to throw together a quick How-to on using ThinApp to create a sandboxed version of Firefox and Java that solves both of these problems pretty well.

This ThinApp setup includes a legacy version of Java (7u25) which is super old but it should help with accessing the following (not exhaustive list, just things I have run into, please help expand list):

  • UCS Manager 2.1.x
  • vCloud Director 5.1.x Uploads
  • HP iLO 2.x
  • Legacy DRAC
  • vCloud VPN
  • EMC Unisphere

Alert: Firefox 30 is not a supported browser for vCloud 5.1.x

Update (8/4/2014): I have created a tutorial on how to create a ThinApp package to help get around this, check it out!

If you suddenly start seeing something the following error in vCloud Director 5.1.x:


This is because your Firefox upgraded to Firefox 30 automatically, as it does. This error seems to be due to some sort of change that Mozilla added into Firefox 30, I haven’t tracked it down yet (if anyone has let me know!). Even force enabling the plugin won’t help, Firefox 30 looks to have gone to an whitelist only model, doing so will make this error go away but the console sessions never connect.


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