LiveCycle ES2: Unexpected exception. Failed to create directory: \\<cluster>\GDS

Issue

If you have configured the WebSphere node agents to start as Windows services instead of using the batch files in your cluster you may experience the following behaviour:

  • in AdminUI > Services > Applications and Services > Application Management, you may receive an ALC-DSC-033-000 error
  • in AdminUI > Services > Applications and Services > Service Management, you will see many services marked Inactive, and you cannot stop/start them

You will also notice the following errors in the SystemOut.log on the individual cluster nodes when starting the servers:

E com.adobe.idp.dsc.registry.service.impl.ServiceStoreImpl createServiceConfigurationFromBOI
    COULD NOT PROCESS SERVICE: Process Management (system)/Queue Sharing VERSION: 1.0 MARKING AS INACTIVE
E com.adobe.idp.dsc.registry.service.impl.ServiceStoreImpl createServiceConfigurationFromBOI TRAS0014I:
    The following exception was logged java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: server.startup : 1Class name
    com.adobe.idp.workflow.dsc.descriptor.WorkflowDSCDescriptor from package com.adobe.idp.workflow.dsc.descriptor not found.
....
W com.adobe.idp.dsc.registry.service.impl.ServiceRegistryImpl getHeadActiveConfiguration
    Head active ServiceConfiguration for service: Process Management (system)/Queue Sharing version: 1.0 is not active as expected.
    The service was probably Marked INACTIVE due to an error loading the service.  Please look at the logs to see if this service was Marked INACTIVE.
...

The SystemOut.log will also contain the following error:

E com.adobe.idp.DocumentFileBackend getTimeSkewDelta DOCS001: Unexpected exception. Failed to create directory: \\es2cluster\GDS.
E com.adobe.idp.Document passivate DOCS001: Unexpected exception. While re-passivating a document for inline data resizing..
E com.adobe.idp.Document passivate TRAS0014I: The following exception was logged com.adobe.idp.DocumentError:
Failed to create directory: \\es2cluster\GDS
    at com.adobe.idp.DocumentFileBackend.getTimeSkewDelta(DocumentFileBackend.java:113)
    at com.adobe.idp.DocumentFileBackend.<init>(DocumentFileBackend.java:86)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.getGlobalBackend(Document.java:3153)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.writeToGlobalBackend(Document.java:2977)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.doInputStream(Document.java:1698)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.passivateInitData(Document.java:1457)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.passivate(Document.java:1235)
    at com.adobe.idp.Document.passivateGlobally(Document.java:1205)
    at com.adobe.idp.dsc.management.impl.ArchiveStoreImpl.createNewArchive(ArchiveStoreImpl.java:636)
    at com.adobe.idp.dsc.management.impl.ArchiveStoreImpl._getArchive(ArchiveStoreImpl.java:438)

Reason

The Windows services that you have created do not have the correct privileges for accessing the LiveCycle GDS directory which is required for the proper operation of the LiveCycle server.

Solution

Open the Services view from the Control Panel in Windows.
Select the WAS NodeAgent service and goto properties > LogOn > Log on as > This account.
Browse for an Administrator account with sufficient privileges to access the GDS share.
Restart the NodeAgent.
Then restart the cluster from the WAS ND admin console.

Additional Information

To create the nodeagent as a Windows service instead of using the batch files:

1. Change to the \bin directory where WebSphere is installed, for example:

C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\bin

2. Run the following command:

wasservice -add ctgNode01_nodeagent
          -servername nodeagent
          -profilePath “C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\ctgAppSrv01″
          -wasHome “C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer”
          -logFile “C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\ctgAppSrv01\logs\nodeagent\startNode.log”
          -logRoot “C:\Program Files\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\ctgAppSrv01\logs\nodeagent”
          -restart true
          -startType automatic

You can do this for each cluster node.  Now when you restart Windows, the nodeagent on each cluster node will start automatically.

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