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Yet another WebSphere Portal startup issue/resolution

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on June 30, 2008

A short and sweet entry to document the quick and easy resolution for the situation where you encounter the following error starting up the WebSphere Portal service on Windows –

The IBM WebSphere Application Server V6 – WebspherePortal service terminated with service-specific error 134221464 (0x8000E98).

This is a problem where the service fails to start up, and the failure occurs real quickly. Essentially, the WebSphere Portal java process is not even kicked off and you do not find any logging in profiles\${profile_name}\logs\WebSphere_Portal\startServer.log for the WebSphere Portal server. I have encountered this a few times, and usually for me, the issue has been related to an ungraceful shutdown of WebSphere Portal. I have restarted my Portal VMWare VM unexpectedly and the file is left in the profiles\${profile_name}\logs\WebSphere_Portal. The resolution for this issue is to simply delete the pid file and to restart the service.


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User search filter for Active Directory user repository in WebSphere Portal

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on June 26, 2008

This is a very trivial entry for most people in the know, but not so trivial for others. If you are configuring WebSphere Portal to use either Active Directory or Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) as the LDAP user registry, then it is critical to set up the user search filter correctly or else you are going to run into issues with users not being able to authenticate. We have a client for whom we are using ADAM wherein ADAM is used for the Portal LDAP and it syncs up with Active Directory. Well, my portal administrator who is working on that project ran into a problem with Portal users not being able to authenticate successfully. Read the rest of this entry »

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How do you change the LDAP server name for a WebSphere Portal v6 server?

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on June 18, 2008

Today one of the portal administrators in my team was trying to reconfigure the LDAP server being used by an existing WebSphere Portal v6 install. The specific reconfiguration that he was doing was extremely simple – he was replacing one LDAP server with another identically configured LDAP server – so the only change was the name of the LDAP server. We were able to perform this change without disabling/re-enabling security in WebSphere Portal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deploying WebSphere Portal Document Manager (PDM) on a guest page

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on April 17, 2008

Recently our team needed to deploy the Portal Document Manager (PDM) portlet on a public WebSphere Portal page for guest user access. It turned out that this was not as trivial as expected if you don’t know what actions are required and there is nothing on IBM’s site documenting the steps involved in getting the document manager portlet to work for guest users. I figured I would capture the key steps here in case you need to do the same and are having a hard time with this task!
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