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How to start or stop WebSphere deployment manager

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You must install the network deployment manager (dmgr) and create a deployment manager profile before you can start or stop the deployment manager. Starting or stopping the deployment manager will not stop or start the applications, application servers, or node agents.

Web console

Once you stop the deployment manager, you will no longer be to use the web console. The deployment manager will need to be started from the command line to be able to use the web console again.

  1. In the left panel of the WebSphere web console, expand System Administration.
  2. Select Deployment manager.
  3. Select Stop.


If the stop button is missing, this means you are signed into the dmgr as a user that does not have the Administrator or Operator user role.


Command Line

Start a deployment manager.

~]# was_home/profiles/your_dmgr_server/bin/
. . .
ADMU3000I: Server your_dmgr_server open for e-business; process id is 12345


Stop a deployment manager.

~]# was_home/profiles/your_dmgr_server/bin/
. . .
ADMU4000i: Server your_dmgr_server stop completed.


Username / Password

The -user and -password options can be used to stop or start the dmgr as a certain user.

~]# ./ -user your_username -password your_password
~]# ./ -user your_username -password your_password


However, the -user and -password options should not be used, as the username and password can be seen using the ps command (Linux).

~]# ps -ef
root  12345  12345  0  18:07  pts/0  00:00:00  /bin/sh  ./ -user JohnDoe -password itsasecret


Instead, you will want to ensure that the soap.client.props has the username and password of a user with the administrative user role.

~]# cat was_home/profiles/your_profile/properties/soap.client.props



A crontab job can be created to ensure the deployment manager is started when the system is rebooted.

@reboot bash /opt/IBM/WebSphere/your_dmgr_server/bin/


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