WebSphere not starting after a reboot?

If you are running on Windows, and WAS 6.x refuses to start after a reboot, giving a Windows 7204 event and a message similar to:

Timed out waiting for service to respond to command, after 60 seconds

then check the user the service is running under.  On certain systems (particularly if IPv6 is installed I think) running as a “Local System Account” doesn’t give the application enough rights to access all the resources it needs.  Change this to a system admin in the AD, and it seems to start up ok.

This occurred during an install of Lotus Connections 2.0, so hopefully this will help someone (or indeed me in 6 months when I’ve forgotten how I fixed it!)…

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!