downloaded the javaee-ri (date 28May) from the release directory and tried to start it using jdk 7u21 x64 on windows 7, and, even though I had set the JAVA_HOME and updated PATH, the response on the stdout appeared to indicate glassfish had started.
however, using a browser (IE10) all it does is show the spinning thing and shows the status as the adminconsole application is loaded.
it does not progress beyond that.
the default web page at port 8080 does appear and seems normal.
just seems impossible to bring up the admin console.