Web­Sphere 7: solu­tion to “pass­word is not set” while there is a pass­word set

I googled a lot regard­ing the error mes­sage “pass­word is not set” when test­ing a data­source in Web­Sphere (, but I did not find a solu­tion. A co-worker final­ly found a solu­tion (by acci­dent?).

Prob­lem case

While hav­ing the appli­ca­tion JVMs run­ning, I cre­at­ed a new JAAS-J2C authen­ti­ca­tor (in my case the same login but a dif­fer­ent pass­word), and changed the data­source to use the new authen­ti­ca­tor. I saved the con­fig and syn­chro­nized it. The files config/cells/cell­name/nodes/node­name/resources.xml and config/cells/cell­name/secu­ri­ty.xml showed that the changes arrived on the node. Test­ing the data­source con­nec­tiv­i­ty fails now with:

DSRA8201W: Data­Source Con­fig­u­ra­tion: DSRA8040I: Failed to con­nect to the Data­Source.  Encoun­tered java.sql.SQLException: The appli­ca­tion serv­er reject­ed the con­nec­tion. (Pass­word is not set.)DSRA0010E: SQL State = 08004, Error Code = ‑99,999.

Restart­ing the appli­ca­tion JVMs does not help.


After stop­ping every­thing (appli­ca­tion JVMs, nodeagent and deploy­ment man­ag­er) and start­ing every­thing again, the con­nec­tion test of the data­source works direct­ly as expect­ed.

I have not test­ed if it is enough to just stop all appli­ca­tion JVMs on one node and the cor­re­spding nodeagent, or if I real­ly have to stop the deploy­ment man­ag­er too.

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