Weblogic does not start, java.lang.NumberFormatException, EmbeddedLDAP

Joris Visscher

I encountered the following exception when trying to start our AdminServer today:

<May 30, 2013 1:04:27 PM CEST> <Critical> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000386> <Server subsystem failed. Reason: java.lang.NumberFormatException: null
java.lang.NumberFormatException: null
 at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Integer.java:454)
 at java.lang.Integer.parseInt(Integer.java:527)
 at weblogic.ldap.EmbeddedLDAP.validateVDEDirectories(EmbeddedLDAP.java:1104)
 at weblogic.ldap.EmbeddedLDAP.start(EmbeddedLDAP.java:242)
 at weblogic.t3.srvr.SubsystemRequest.run(SubsystemRequest.java:64)
 Truncated. see log file for complete stacktrace
<May 30, 2013 1:04:27 PM CEST> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000365> <Server state changed to FAILED> 
<May 30, 2013 1:04:27 PM CEST> <Error> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000383> <A critical service failed. The server will shut itself down> 
<May 30, 2013 1:04:27 PM CEST> <Notice> <WebLogicServer> <BEA-000365> <Server state changed to FORCE_SHUTTING_DOWN>

This does not really explain what went wrong, but the solution is to remove the replicas.prop file and restart the AdminServer again.

The replicas.prop file is located at :


Rename (move) replicas.prop to replicas.prop.bak and retry the startWeblogic. In my case this solved the not starting server.

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