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Disabling WebSphere administrative security when admin console is not accessible

Technote (troubleshooting)


WebSphere administrative secuirty needs to be disabled and the admin console is not accessible.


This can be caused by several reasons eg... server will not start with security enabled, forgot administrative password, etc...

Resolving the problem

WARNING: Please use this as the last resort and make sure the server is not in the middle of processing any transactions.

To disable security, please perform the following steps via wsadmin:

  1. <WAS_INSTALL_DIR>/bin/> wsadmin -conntype NONE
  2. wsadmin> securityoff
  3. wsadmin> exit
  4. Restart the servers.
  5. Enable the security from administrative console.
  6. Once the needed corrections are made, you can re-enable security in the admin console and then restart WebSphere.

NOTE: To restart the servers, you will first need to manually kill the java process since security is still enabled in the currently running process.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Application Servers WebSphere Application Server System Management/Repository

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server

Software version: 7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 8.5.5, 9.0

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1405302

Modified date: 13 January 2014