This error appears in the SystemOut.log.
[12/12/17 12:01:01:123 CDT] 0000000a WsServerImpl E WSVR0009E: Error occurred during startup com.ibm.ws.exception.RuntimeError: com.ibm.ws.exception.RuntimeError: com.ibm.ejs.EJSException: Could not register with Location Service Daemon, which could only reside in the NodeAgent. Make sure the NodeAgent for this node is up an running
Notice the error states to make sure the node agent is up and running. If the node agent has not been started, start the node agent.
Once the node agent is up and running, you should be able to start the application server.
~]# /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/bin/startServer.sh your_server_name -profileName your_profile_name