OpenIDM 3.x fails to start as a Windows service

Last updated Jan 5, 2021

The purpose of this article is to provide assistance if OpenIDM 3.x fails to start as a Microsoft® Windows® service with the following error: "OpenIDM failure during startup, ACTIVE_NOT_READY: Required services not all started".

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The following error is shown in the log when OpenIDM fails to start as a Windows service:

[2015-02-02 08:22:56.006] [SEVERE ] [$4 run]: OpenIDM failure during startup, ACTIVE_NOT_READY: Required services not all started [org.forgerock.openidm.audit, org.forgerock.openidm.authentication, org.forgerock.openidm.cluster, org.forgerock.openidm.config.enhanced, org.forgerock.openidm.managed, org.forgerock.openidm.policy, org.forgerock.openidm.scheduler]

Starting OpenIDM from the console using the startup.bat script is successful. 

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Installed OpenIDM 3.x as a service using the launcher.bat file, for example:

launcher.bat /install OpenIDM


The service is created with incorrect and missing JVM parameters, which prevents OpenIDM starting as a Windows service.


This issue can be resolved by upgrading to OpenIDM 4 or later; you can download this from BackStage.

Alternatively, you can update the incorrect parameters and add the missing ones as follows:

  1. Navigate to ..\openidm\bin\ from the command prompt:
  2. Enter the following command (assuming your Windows service is called OpenIDM) to display the OpenIDM Properties: prunmgr.exe //ES//OpenIDM
  3. Navigate to the Java tab and update the following values:
    • Java Virtual Machine - ensure this shows the correct path for where the JDK is installed on your server, for example, C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\jre\bin\server\jvm.dll
    • Java Classpath - change this to: bin\*;framework\*
    • Java Options - ensure the following Java options are listed and set appropriately for your system: -Xmx1024m -Xms1024m -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Djava.endorsed.dirs= -Djava.util.logging.config.file=conf\\jaas-repo.conf -Dopenidm.system.server.root=C:\openidm The -Dopenidm.system.server.root attribute refers to your OpenIDM install location, for example, C:\openidm
  4. Navigate to the Startup tab and add the following Arguments: -c bin/launcher.json
  5. Click Apply, followed by OK to save your changes.
  6. Start OpenIDM from the Services window. OpenIDM should now start successfully.

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Related Issue Tracker IDs

OPENIDM-2866 (Windows service created with launcher.bat has incorrect parameters)

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