Are you annoyed with a credential prompt whenever you shut down the DMGR, Nodeagent, or JVM?

Well, not anymore, because you are going to learn how to configure IBM WebSphere Application Server to stop prompting for credentials every time.


In default WebSphere installation when security is enabled, you will get a credential prompt as shown below at every shutdown.

The following procedure will help you to configure WAS in such a way that you don’t get a credential prompt anymore during a shutdown.

Note: this must be done at profile levels like DMGR or node agent and assume you are using default connection type (SOAP). So ready?

  • Login into WAS server
  • Go to $PROFILE_HOMEproperties
  • Take a backup of soap.client.props. Or you may also take complete WebSphere configuration backup using as explained here.
  • Modify the soap.client.props file using vi and ensure the following three changes.

First– change false to true for SOAP security

Second & third – enter user & password, which as administrator role rights. #change this with your environment admin # changed this
  • So here is how file should look like


  • Test it by restarting respective Node, DMGR, or JVM.

Here is a useful tip

if you notice in the above file you can see user and password as plain text, which you don’t want to in a production environment. It’s recommended to encrypt the password and here is how you can do it.

  • Go to $PROFILE_HOMEbin folder
  • Execute the following command to encrypt the password
./ $PROFILE_HOME/properties/soap.client.props


[[email protected] bin]# ./ /opt/IBM/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/Dmgr01/properties/soap.client.props
[[email protected] bin]#
  • Let’s take a look at the password field now.{xor}PDc+MTs+MQ==
  • So you can see it’s encrypted which is much better, isn’t it?

BTW, do you know you can decrypt the XOR password?

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