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Disable Security in IBM WebSphere Application Server

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There might be a situation where you need to disable the security to get into WAS DMGR console. This usually happens when: –

  • You forget the credential
  • Someone changed the password
  • Messed up the SSL/Security configuration or security.xml

Are you in a situation where you need to get into WAS Deployment Manager without the credential?

There are two ways to disable the security. So choose the one you like.

First procedure – using wsadmin

  • Go to DMGR Profile path and bin folder
  • Execute to get wsadmin prompt
[root@localhost bin]# ./
WASX7209I: Connected to process "dmgr" on node localhostCellManager01 using SOAP connector; The type of process is: DeploymentManager
WASX7029I: For help, enter: "$Help help"
  • Execute securityoff command as shown below
LOCAL OS security is off now but you need to restart server1 to make it affected.
  • Execute exit command to get out from wsadmin utility
  • Restart the DMGR to get this effective

Try to access WAS DMGR Console now, and it shouldn’t prompt for any credential.

Second procedure – modifying security.xml

Take a backup of security.xml, it’s located under DMGR profile/config/cells/CellName. If you are not sure, you can use find command to search security.xml

  • Modify security.xml using the vi editor
  • Search for enabled=true (as shown below)


  • Change true to false (as shown below)


  • Save the file and restart the DMGR

That’s it. Now you can access WAS DMGR without a password.

Tip: to put the security back, you need to do following….

  • Invoke
  • Execute securityon command
  • Restart the DMGR

I hope one of the above procedures help you in disabling security to get into WAS Admin console.

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