Web sites are categorized as "Unavailable"

Solutions ID:    KB1154
Version:    2.0
Status:    Published
Published date:    03/02/2009
Updated:    03/30/2009

Problem Description

Web sites are categorized as "Unavailable"


Example Access Log:

2007-08-07 22:19:02 59 404 TCP_NC_MISS 412 428 GET http 80 /images/menu.gif - - - DIRECT text/html;%20charset=iso-8859-1 "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070725 Firefox/" PROXIED "Unavailable" -

Unavailable means there was an error trying to determine the category for requested URL.

Sources of error could include ..

  • Database is not installed - check show content-filter status in the Management Console
  • Database is corrupted - check show content-filter status in the Management Console
  • Communication error occurred contacting the DRTR service - check Event Log entries for DRTR messages
  • SGOS license is expired - check show license in the Management Console
  • Database is expired - check show content-filter status in the Management Console
  • Possible but not likely issues with memory or disk error - check Event Log entries for Disk or Memory messages

    Additional troubleshooting tips:
  • You should start with manually testing the URL (through the Management Console or command line interface test-url command).  If you can categorize the URLs from the Management Console (MC) or the command line interface (CLI), you can rule out most of the causes above.
  • If you get 'unavailable' in your test, then you have a problem and can run through the list above to rule out possible causes.
  • With Blue Coat Web Filter (BCWF), it is always a good idea to test a non-existent URL as well, such as, because that will attempt to contact WebPulse, otherwise known as DRTR.  If comes up properly categorized, but is unavailable, check your event log or health checks for DRTR problems.

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