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"An error occurred while extracting one of the Network Connect components"

I love VPN. It allows me to log into my work computers from home and annoy them by giving them large amounts of work to do while I sleep. Harvard Medical uses a solution from Juniper Networks, and the client app is called Network Connect.app We I went to connect, and I'm told to update and I say OK. And then I get this error message. I can't install the new version. 40 minutes later after following up several false leads, I find a JN page by copying and pasting the exact error message. It turns out that updating Java on my mac (which I guess I did at some point) changes some default password stored deep in the guts of Java from “changeit” to “changeme”.

I gota few things to say about this. The PG rated ones are
  • After looking through Juniper Network's knowledge base I have to say, the guy (or guys) in charge are pretty professional and thorough.
  • Their website could do with a little bit better navigation though
  • I would have expected Sun engineers to comeup with a better mechanism for a default password than putting 'changeit' or 'changeme' somewhere. Make a separate mechanism for password free access and give an option to activate a password if one wishes.
  • Now that I've changed the password back, I wonder what this now breaks?
God, and these machines will be taking care of us in our old age...

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