Thursday, November 11, 2010

Netbeans : Can't login to Tomcat as Admin or Manager

Using Netbeans 6.9 and Tomcat 6 - integrated with Netbeans.

When I go to the Tomcat server home page i.e. http://localhost:8084/

and then click on the Manager link, I am asked to login. But my login is not accepted! WTF?

The usual course of action is to go to the Tomcat installation which is usually something like:

...\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache Tomcat 6.0.26\conf

and edit the tomcat-users.xml file adding the lines:

but this login is not accepted.

Looked through the logs and noticed:

Using CATALINA_BASE: "...\Tmp\.netbeans\6.9\apache-tomcat-6.0.26_base"
Using CATALINA_HOME: "...\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache Tomcat 6.0.26"

where the Tmp directory is my Netbeans work directory.

You have to edit the xml file in that directory NOT the one in the "Program Files" tree.

Then found an easier way.

Click on the Server tab in Netbeans, then right click Tomcat and click Properties.

Click the Connection tab.

The credentials in that tab are what you have to use. It's normally ide and some random password which you can change.

Note that the CATALINA_BASE and CATALINA_HOME settings appear in this tab as well.


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