Thursday, 30 August 2018

WebSphere on Windows - Return Code 15

I've just spent a happy few hours trying to work out why various WebSphere Application Server (WAS) commands such as wsadmin.bat etc. refuse to properly run on a Windows Server 2012 box.

As per a previous blog post: -

I'm running IBM BPM 8.6 ( via WebSphere Application Server ) against Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

For good security reasons, the WAS to SQL Server connection is via a trusted Service Account ( leveraging Integrated Security ), which means that any WAS to SQL Server interactions need to be run as that user.

Therefore, to perform the bootstrap process ( bootstrapProcessServerData.bat ), I need to run a command window ( CMD.EXE ) as the Service Account: -

runas.exe /user:<DOMAIN>\<USER> cmd.exe

which worked a treat.

However, when I ran the bootstrap process OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR WAS COMMAND …..

I got …..





By that, I mean that the command simply ran and then quit, without actually doing anything.

Similarly, the wsadmin.bat command failed in a similar way.

I knew it was permissions-related, as the wsadmin.bat command ran OK if I simply ran it from a CMD.EXE prompt ( which I started using Run As Administrator ( from the right-hand mouse button )

Obviously, I had no choice as I needed to run the bootstrap as the Service Account, rather than simply as Administrator.

I ( perhaps stupidly ) wanted to find out why ….

I spent ages tinkering with various .BAT files, including wsadmin.bat etc. but the closest I got was a RC=15 from the wsadmin command …..

In the end, I gave in and simply gave the Service Account access to the \Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\DmgrProfile path ( Full Control ).

At a guess, I suspect that the wsadmin commands, and similar, were trying to write to, say, ..\temp and ..\workspace and ..\temp under the DM profile …

But that's a guess …….

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