NetBeans and Tomcat – Transport Error 202

I generally develop any Java applications I’m working on in NetBeans and while I prefer to use GlassFish as a container I find myself using Tomcat quite a bit. Unfortunately the debugging connection between NetBeans and Tomcat can sometimes be less than perfect.

Tomcat Service Fails to Start

I’ve run more Tomcat services than I care to think about and I reckon I’ve probably seen just about every different way they can fail now. The failure mode I describe here seems to catch me out every time though so I thought I’d write it up so everyone can benefit from my pain.