I have been having issues with running a Glassfish v2.1.1 instance on my local machine from within the office, where we have a proxy server for outgoing connections. My initial workaround has been to work from home.
I am calling a SOAP service on a HTTPS server outside of the company. As Glassfish is not going via the company's proxy server, I get the following error when trying to initialise my SOAP clients:
javax.xml.ws.WebServiceException: Failed to access the WSDL at: https://www.hostname.com...
Caused by: java.net.UnknownHostException: www.hostname.com
I had a lot of trouble finding an answer to this, as the topic isn't covered in a lot of detail on the web. One link told me how to configure the HTTP proxy, but mentioned nothing about HTTPS, so it took me a while to figure it out.
Open up the admin console on your Glassfish server and go to: Application Server -> JVM Settings -> JVM Options. Click "Add JVM Option" 4 times and enter the following 4 options
-Dhttp.proxyHost=proxyhostname -Dhttp.proxyPort=8080 -Dhttps.proxyHost=proxyhostname -Dhttps.proxyPort=8080
Where proxyhostname and the port number are correct for your setup. Then you need to restart the server.
Note that I couldn't find any options for setting up the proxy from a PAC file, nor for proxies which require auth. In this case, you may need to install a local auth proxy handler like Authoxy for Mac OS X, which turns your localhost into a non-auth proxy and masks the authentication request from the central auth proxy.
Also, this link was good for various proxy options to the JVM: http://download.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/net/proxies.html