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Java Virtual Machine

For the most part, your Java installation will read the proxy settings from Internet Explorer and work correctly -- most people will not need to do anything more to configure it.

However, if you make use of standalone Java applications that do not run within your browser, the default configuration can be problematic. Whilst Java will find our proxy servers, it can only get your username and password when Internet Explorer is actually running.

The simplest solution is to always open Internet Explorer and visit an off-campus web site before using such applications. You'll need to leave IE running whenever you're using these Java applications.

If you use another browser by default (such as Firefox) the above solution isn't ideal. In these circumstances, you can configure Java the proxy settings directly within Java. To do this:

  • Go to the control panel and select "Java"
  • On the General tab, select Network Settings...
  • On the Network Proxy Settings dialog, choose Use a proxy server
  • In the Address field, enter wwwproxy.ru.ac.za
  • In the Port field, enter 3128
  • Tick the Bypass proxy server for local addresses checkbox
  • Click the Advanced button
  • On the Advanced Network Settings dialog, tick the Use the same proxy server for all protocolscheckbox
  • In the Do not use a proxy server for addresses beginning with textbox, enter *.ru.ac.za; *.rhodes.ac.za
  • Click OK as many times as is needed to close all the dialog boxes

Last Modified :Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:51:26 SAST