startNode command

The startNode command reads the configuration file for the node agent process and constructs a launch command.

[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows]Depending on the options that you specify, the startNode command creates a new Java™ virtual machine (JVM) API to run the agent process, or writes the launch command data to a file.

[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows]If you are using the Windows platform and the you have the node agent running as a Windows service, the startNode command will start the associated Windows service and it will be responsible for starting the node agent.

[IBM i]startNode command reads the configuration file for the node agent process for a profile that has been added to the WebSphere® Application Server Network Deployment cell and starts the server.

You do not have to use a user name and password with the startNode command because this command launches a server process but does not invoke an MBean method.

For more information about where to run this command, see Using command-line tools.


The command syntax is as follows:
startNode [options]


The following options are available for the startNode command:

Prints a usage statement.
[IBM i]-curlib <product_library>
[IBM i]Specifies the current library to use for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[IBM i]-cpyenvvar
[IBM i]Tells the startNode command to set the environment variables that are currently defined for the node agent process. The default is to not set the currently defined environment variables.
Prints a usage statement.
[IBM i]-inllibl <library_list>
[IBM i]Specifies the initial library list to use for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[IBM i]-inlaspgrp <ASP_group>
[IBM i]Specifies the initial ASP group for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[IBM i]-jobd <product_library/job_description>
[IBM i]Specifies the job description for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[IBM i]-jobq <product_library/job_queue>
[IBM i]Specifies the job queue for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]-logfile <fileName>
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]Specifies the location of the log file to which trace information is written. By default, the log file is named startServer.log and is created in your profile_root/logs directory.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][IBM i]-nowait
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][IBM i]Tells the startNode command not to wait for successful initialization of the launched node agent process.
[IBM i]-outq <product_library/output_queue>
[IBM i]Specifies the output queue for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][IBM i]-profileName
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][IBM i]Defines the profile of the Application Server process in a multi-profile installation. The -profileName option is not required for running in a single profile environment. The default for this option is the default profile.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]-quiet
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]Suppresses the progress information that the startNode command prints in normal mode.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]-replacelog
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]Replaces the log file instead of appending to the current log.
[IBM i]-sbs <product_library/subsystem_description>
[IBM i]Specifies the subsystem to use for the underlying Submit Job (SBMJOB) CL command.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows]-script [<script fileName>] -background
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows]Generates a launch script with the startServer command instead of launching the node agent process directly. The launch script name is an optional argument. If you do not supply the launch script name, the default script file name is
  • [Linux][AIX][HP-UX][Solaris]
  • [Windows]start_node_agent.bat
node_agent is the name of the node agent. The -background parameter is an optional parameter that specifies that the script will run in the background when you run it.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]-statusport <portNumber>
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]An optional parameter that allows an administrator to set the port number for node agent status callback. The tool opens this port and waits for status callback from the node agent indicating that the node agent has started. If the parameter is not set, an unused port is automatically allocated.
[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows][z/OS]Generates trace information to the log file for debugging purposes.
[IBM i]Enables tracing of the native process code that starts the node agent. The trace output is written to the was_jobname-jobuser-jobnum.log file which is located in the profile_root/logs directory.
-timeout <seconds>
Specifies the waiting time before node initialization times out and returns an error.
[IBM i]-usejobd
[IBM i]Specifies to use the job description from the Submit Job (SBMJOB) process for the node agent when switching to the Run-As user ID.
Note: This command does not affect the USER field of the current job description.

Usage scenario

The following examples demonstrate correct syntax:

[AIX Solaris HP-UX Linux Windows]

startNode -script (produces the start_node.bat or .sh file)

startNode -trace (produces additional trace statements in the startnode.log file)

startNode -trace (produces additional trace statements in the startnode.log file)
[IBM i]
startNode (Starts the node agent process for the default profile.
The default profile must belong to a product cell.)

startNode -profileName mynode (Starts the node agent for the mynode profile
which belongs to a product cell.)

startNode -trace (produces trace files in the profile_root/logs directory)