December 5, 2010

Incompatible state when starting up a WebLogic managed server


After starting up the Oracle WebLogic 11g AdminServer server, you may get the following error when trying to start up any of your managed servers:

For server soa_server1, the Node Manager associated with machine LocalMachine is not reachable.
All of the servers selected are currently in a state which is incompatible with this operation or are not associated with a running Node Manager or you are not authorized to perform the action requested. No action will be performed.

This is simply due to the Node Manager not running.

1. Start up the Node Manager as follows:
export MW_HOME=/u01/app/oracle/middlware
cd $MW_HOME/wlserver_10.3/server/bin
nohup $MW_HOME/wlserver_10.3/server/bin/ &
Applicable Versions:
  • Oracle WebLogic 11g (11.1.1.x)


  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2011

    have the same problem and this wasnt the solution :(

  2. Thanks ,
    it worked for me .

  3. in console under Environment–>Machines–>[Machine2] –>Monitoring–>Node Manager , it showed node manager not reachable.

    1. Check that Listen Address has ip address and not characters e.g. Localhost also that it is not empty.

    2. Select SSL

    3. From Domain structure on left, click on servers --> Admin_server

    4. Check the Listen address that it does not have character and has ip address of the machine where it is installed.

    Restart Admin server if necessary and check again.

    Let me know if this helped.

  4. Just what I wanted. Thanks so much.

  5. worked i think. .. checking.

  6. Hi

    Here i have a problem, the node manager is reachable and could not start the managed server. When i try to restart the server it is giving an error like the server is in incompatible state and could not do this operation. Please help

    1. AnonymousJune 25, 2013

      even i'm facing the same problem how you resolved this issue let me know plz
      thanks in advance...........

    2. i have the same issue ... pleat tell the steps to resolve the issue

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  8. AnonymousMay 10, 2012

    Thanks, Hepled to resolve....

  9. hi
    "unable to get filelock,will retry "
    getting the above problem when starting managed server from command prompt

  10. Thanks very much.. it worked fine.

  11. Hi
    This error happened to me in Weblogic 12C , I went to the node manager folder under the domain
    /domain_name/servers/server_name/data/nodemanager/ --------> delete a folder named server_name.state and try to restart the server from the Admin console

    Thanks ;

    1. That worked for me too. Awesome and thanks!

    2. AnonymousMay 30, 2014

      Thanks, helped me out!

    3. AnonymousJune 16, 2014

      THANK YOU!!! Worked for me too,.

    4. Awesome bro.. It's working!!

  12. AnonymousJuly 21, 2016

    i am not able to start bi_server1 When i try to restart the server it is giving an error like the server is in incompatible state and could not do this operation.but the node manager is reachable. Please help

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