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starts the DAS of the specified domain


asadmin [asadmin-options] start-domain [--help]
[--debug={true|false}] [--domaindir domain-dir]
[--dry-run={true|false}] [--upgrade={true|false}]
[--verbose={true|false}] [--watchdog={true|false}]


The start-domain subcommand starts the domain administration server (DAS) of the specified domain. If a domain is not specified, the default domain is assumed. If the domains directory contains two or more domains, the domain-name operand must be specified.


On the Windows platform, processes can bind to the same port. To avoid this problem, do not start multiple domains with the same port number at the same time.

This subcommand is supported in local mode only.


In Oracle GlassFish Server, the start-domain subcommand prompts for a new admin user password if no password has been set for the admin user. Additionally, the admin user password must not be blank if secure administration is enabled; otherwise, the start-domain subcommand fails.

To provide the new admin user password, you can use the --passwordfile utility option of the asadmin(1M) command after adding the entry AS_ADMIN_NEWPASSWORD to the password file.



Options for the asadmin utility. For information about these options, see the asadmin(1M) help page.


Displays the help text for the subcommand.


Specifies whether the domain is started with Java Platform Debugger Architecture (JPDA) ( debugging enabled.
Possible values are as follows:


The instance is started with JPDA debugging enabled and the port number for JPDA debugging is displayed.


The instance is started with JPDA debugging disabled (default).


Suppresses actual starting of the domain. Instead, start-domain displays the full java command that would be used to start the domain, including all options. Reviewing this command can be useful to confirm JVM options and when troubleshooting startup issues.
The default value is false.


The domain root directory, which contains the directory of the domain that is to be restarted. If specified, the path must be accessible in the file system. The default location of the domain root directory is as-install`/domains`.


Specifies whether the configuration of the domain administration server (DAS) is upgraded to the current release. Normally, if the subcommand detects that the configuration is from an older release of \{product---name}, the configuration is upgraded automatically before being started. You should not need to use this option explicitly.
Possible values are as follows:


When the domain is started, the configuration is modified to be compatible with this release of \{product---name}, and the \{product---name} process stops.


The configuration of the DAS is not updated (default).


Specifies whether detailed information about the domain is displayed in the console window where the subcommand is run.
Possible values are as follows:


Detailed startup messages and log messages about the domain are displayed in the console window where the subcommand is run. If the domain is later restarted by running the restart-domain(1) subcommand from a different console window, messages continue to be displayed in the original console window.
You can kill the \{product---name} process by typing CTRL-C in the console window.
You can kill the \{product---name} process and obtain a thread dump for the server by typing one of the following key combinations in the console window:

  • CTRL-\ on UNIX systems

  • CTRL-Break on Windows systems


Detailed information is not displayed (default).


Specifies whether limited information about the domain is displayed in the console window where the subcommand is run. The --watchdog option is similar to --verbose but does not display the detailed startup messages and log messages. This option is useful when running the asadmin utility in the background or with no attached console.
Possible values are as follows:


Limited information is displayed in the console window.


Limited information is not displayed in the console window (default).



The unique name of the domain you want to start.
This operand is optional if only one domain exists in the \{product---name} installation.


Example 1   Starting a Domain

This example starts mydomain4 in the default domains directory.

asadmin> start-domain mydomain4
Waiting for DAS to start. ...........
Started domain: mydomain4
Domain location: /myhome/glassfishv3/glassfish/domains/mydomain4
Log file: /myhome/glassfishv3/glassfish/domains/mydomain4/logs/server.log
Admin port for the domain: 4848
Command start-domain executed successfully.

Exit Status


subcommand executed successfully


error in executing the subcommand

See Also

Java Platform Debugger Architecture (JPDA) (

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