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EJB3 Remote JNDI lookup - javax.naming.Reference cannot be cast to <Remote Interface>

Standalone Client
From a standalone client, when I was doing a remote JNDI lookup for a EJB3 remote bean, I was getting the following exception:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ClassCastException: javax.naming.Reference cannot be cast to sample.SampleRemote
at sample.Client.main(

Sample bean was deployed in jboss-5.1.0.GA in a remote machine and I was running the client from my local machine. Initially I was suspecting the JNDI name I was using to do the lookup(JBoss' default remote jndi: <ejb-name>/remote) but after a few hours of research, I realized the issue is with the class loader.
The client was referring client classes of JBoss 5.0.1.GA which are not compatible with JBoss client classes in 5.1.0.GA.

So, I gave class path reference to 5.1.0.GA for my client and the lookup went fine!

Web Client
You may get a ClassCastException while trying to lookup/cast your EJB3 bean, the reason is described here.


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  3. This post worked for me too...

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  4. This helped me ...thanks


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