Typo in run as user field: unable to start Deployment Manager

Today I was changing the run as user for my IBM Connections WebSphere Deployment manager back to the dedicated user after installing CR3 and I made a typo but did not catch it until I started my server up. Or at least tried to start it up.

Failed to look up group xxxxx

Past SetupChildContext and execvp block. An error occurred. Return valuue is: [2] and sysErr is: [0]

Creation failure, spawn was unsuccessfull. Therefore deallocating process structure at: ……

ADMU0111E: Program exiting with error:

com.ibm.ws.process.exception.InvalidGroupException: PROC0002E:

Group: [xxxxxx] does not appear to be valid on this system.

Process could not be created.

ADMU1211I: To obtain a full trace of the failure, use the -trace option.

ADMU0211I: Error details may be seen in the file:


Normally you would change this on the IBM Solutions console, guess what, this message says you cannot start it. same goes for the wsadmin command available to change this.

There is another place to go and that is your server.xml

In your profile path for your deployment manager go to /config/cells/cellname/nodes/nodename/servers/dmgr/server.xml

You will find a section in the bottom <processDefinition>, your runas user will be listed.


About Wannes Rams

I'm a IBM Collaboration software consultant. I am specialized in the architecture and technical lead of enterprise implementations. I started of as a Lotus Domino specialist certified up to Domino 8, but moved on to IBM Connections, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Quickr. I also have experience with WebSphere Administration and WebSphere Portal deployments. I am also IBM Champion for ICS Specialties: Lotus Domino Lotus Sametime Lotus Quickr IBM Connections WebSphere Portal administration WebSphere Application server administration Cisco Firewall administration Tivoli Directory Integrator Social Business
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