Checking the status of IBM WebSphere Application Server startup (clustered installation)

Whenever you start a cluster member, make sure the application server associated with that cluster member is fully started before you take any further action. This procedure applies to a clustered installation of WebSphere® Application Server.

About this task

Even though the status of a cluster member might show as Started within the IBM® InfoSphere® Information Server Web console, or the status returned by the serverStatus command indicates that the application server is STARTED, it might still not be available for use by InfoSphere Information Server until the InfoSphere Information Server applications are fully initialized. The InfoSphere Information Server applications typically complete initialization within two to four minutes after the application server status first changes to Started.


Follow this procedure to determine if the InfoSphere Information Server applications have completed initialization.

  1. Log in to each computer that hosts a cluster member.
  2. On the computer, locate the SystemOut.log file.
    The file can be found in the following directory:


    In the directory path:
    • WAS_install_path is the location where WebSphere Application Server is installed. The default installation path is:
      • Linux cue graphicUNIX cue graphic/opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer
      • Windows cue graphicC:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer
    • profile is the profile name of the managed node in which InfoSphere Information Server is running. The default profile name is Custom01.
    • serverx is the name of the application server instance. The default value is serverx, where x is the number of one of the application server instances.
  3. Check the SystemOut.log file in each server instance:
    1. In the SystemOut.log file, in the timeframe in which the application server is being started, look for the following line. This line indicates that InfoSphere Information Server is fully initialized and ready for operation:
      Initialization: EJB Initializations complete

      The SystemOut.log file might contain log entries that span multiple application server restarts. For this reason, the file might contain multiple lines that read EJB Initializations complete. Use the timestamps of the log entries to determine if this message is associated with the application server startup that you want.

  4. Repeat this procedure for each computer that hosts a cluster member.

What to do next

InfoSphere Information Server can be used as soon as one cluster member is fully initialized. However, for best performance, wait until all members of the cluster are fully initialized. Allowing all the members of the cluster to initialize fully also maximizes the number of members that can take over in case of a failover.