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Sometimes servers do not start. Maybe it is due to a bad build, the configuration has gotten corrupted, or it just stopped working. This blog helps you understand the anatomy of the Application Server start up process. It provides you with troubleshooting and debugging techniques to determine why the server is not starting or why the server is not stopping.
Starting the server
Let's see what happens when a server is started using the startServer.sh /bat server1 command.
Two Java virtual machines... [More]
There are a lot of great resources available for the PureApplication portfolio! The roadmap below provides a guide for where to go to find the information that you need related to the PureApplication portfolio.
Visit the IBM PureSystems Centre and the other resources/links provided to learn about more ways to leverage your organization's investment in the PureApplication portfolio!
If you are like most clients, you are excited about the NEW Call Home Feature (aka Service and Support Manager) in IBM PureApplication System V2.0. The feature allows the system to not only monitor for events that occur, but also has the ability to create a Service Request (SR) - the new term for Problem Management Record (PMR) - automatically based on a generated event and upload the relevant logs to the SR for you. This allows the Technical Support Representative (TSR) the ability to immediately begin troubleshooting the cause of... [More]
This 2-part blog is focused on some commonly occurring exceptions for the status cache problem. With this problem, the status display of an application server, node agent, or an application is shown as 'red' or 'unknown' on the WebSphere Administrative Console. However, the actual process is up running.
In part 1, we will look at when this type of issue can occur due to one of the following areas:
Discovery ports with firewall
Operating system level
This blog is part 2 of a 2-part blog that is focused on some commonly occurring exceptions for the status cache problem. To read part 1 first, see Common status cache problems in the WebSphere Administrative Console - Part 1 .
With this problem, the status display of an application server, node agent, or an application is shown as 'red' or 'unknown' on the WebSphere Administrative Console. However, the actual process is up running.
In part 2, we will look at when this type of issue can occur due... [More]
Windows Authentication is not a WebSphere Application Server feature . Instead it is a capability provided by the Windows operating system and the MS JDBC Driver should be supporting it. All that needs to be done in WebSphere Application Server (WAS) is to not define a J2C Authentication alias and configure the data source custom property integratedSecurity=true .
Add the .dll files for the driver to the WebSphere Application Server Installation. The .dll files can be obtained with a SQL Server driver from Microsoft. The... [More]
WebSphere Application Server uses multiple temporary locations for many reasons. This blog explains the most commonly used temporary files, why they are used and when they can be removed. This blog will also explain the files and directories that can be removed under the profile direction with caution.
Be careful in deleting any temporary, cache and log files in WebSphere Application Server!
Before making any changes to the environment , take a backup of the... [More]
If there is still free memory in the system when a native out-of-memory error occurs, then the problem is likely to be a shortage of memory in the low-memory region (under 4GB). Although the Java heap can be located above this boundary, other data, which are associated with Java objects, are located in the lower memory segments. Specifically these are the memory segments associated with threads, classes and monitors.
See the following related content:
A wealth of valuable JVM diagnostic data can be gathered by doing the following tasks:
Generate a Java™ thread dump.
Enable logging of verbose garbage collection data for Server.
Generate a Java heap dump.
Generate a system core dump & snap trc file.
In the overall process of problem determination, diagnostic data must be collected or generated, and the data must be analyzed. Various tools are available to help you analyze diagnostic data for solving problems. Below... [More]
Here are the most commonly asked questions about running IBM WebSphere Application Server as a non-root user. Its applicable for a WebSphere Application Server V6.0 profile and later.
It is a common practice to run the application server as a non-root user. Most of the WebSphere Application Server users install and run the application server as a non-root user only. There are no restrictions on how you protect your resource. You can set the permission of the file as you like, but there are some key and... [More]
This blog contains some common questions and answers that are related to the use of JMS connection pools and session pools. Hopefully this information will help you in your environment tuning efforts.
Q: WebSphere MQ Queue Connection Factories in WebSphere Application Server releases contain both a connection pool and a session pool for configuration. When configuring the session pool, is this configuration for each connection? For example, if my connection pool has a maximum size of 10, and my session pool also has a... [More]
If you are an experienced IBM MQ administrator, it’s likely that you have been certified in the past on one the previous versions. It has been many years since I attained my first MQ certification and 5 years since the most recent, which was MQ V7.
A few MQ product updates have occurred in the past 5 years, but it has been quite some time since a new certification test for MQ was available. I had been checking as it is always a nice feather in your cap to be certified in the product that you support. I was... [More]
For the last several years, IBM has hosted separate Impact, Innovate, and Pulse conferences to share technological knowledge and case studies and facilitate face-to-face conversations between industry leaders and implementers. This year, IBM is combining these yearly conferences into one premiere IBM InterConnect 2015 conference from February 22 - 26 at the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's event includes over 1500 technical sessions in the following tracks:
If you've ever wondered how to deliver DEF (Dynamic Event Framework) events to a monitor model so that unit testing can be conducted, this post is for you!
I recently worked with a client who had developed a sample test monitor model based on Business Monitor v8.5.5 using the new event delivery method known as DEF (Dynamic Event Framework). He wanted to unit test it using the Integration test client (ITC) provided with Integration Designer 8.5.5, but ITC only generates the CBE based events and is not... [More]
IBM Business Process Manager provides a REST API that you can use to move a token for a specific process instance. This method is very useful when the process instance is stuck. The REST API has different parameters that are object IDs of the token, flowObject and so on. Many people have asked how to find those IDs. I will give out some ways to do that in this blog.
The Rest API call syntax to move token is as follows:
<instanceID>?action=<action string>&tokenId=<tokenID... [More]