Troubleshooting: The removeNode command returns an out of memory error

The removeNode command returns a node from a network deployment cell to a stand-alone application server.


When executing the removeNode command, an out of memory error is encountered.


If this error occurs:

  1. SolarisLinuxAIXEnsure that the command is not running.
  2. WindowsEnsure that the removeNode.bat command is not running.
  3. SolarisLinuxAIXLog on as root.
  4. Open the following file in a text editor:
    • SolarisLinuxAIXWAS_installdir/bin/
    • WindowsWAS_installdir/bin/removeNode.bat
  5. In the text file, find the following line of text:
    • SolarisLinuxAIX"$JAVA_HOME"/bin/java \
    • Windows"$JAVA_HOME"\bin\java \
  6. Insert the following line of text below the "$JAVA_HOME"/bin/java \ line of text:
    max_allowedm \

    Where max_allowed is the maximum value allowable by your operating system. This value must a multiple of 1024. Append the letter k or K to indicate kilobytes, or m or M to indicate megabytes.

  7. Save the changes and exit the text editor.
  8. WindowsLog on to the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment Administration Console.
  9. WindowsExpand System Administration > Deployment Manager > Java and Process Management > Process Definition > Java Virtual Machine.
  10. WindowsChange the Maximum Heap Size value to the maximum value supported by your operating system.
    Note: You can reduce this number once you have completed the removeNode process.
  11. WindowsRestart the Deployment Manager.
  12. Run the removeNode command again. If the command runs successfully, no further action is needed. If the command fails, do the following:
    1. Restore the configuration backup you made when removing the node of by issuing one of the following commands:
      • SolarisLinuxAIXWAS_installdir/bin/
      • WindowsWAS_installdir/bin/restoreConfig.bat

      where backup_file is the full path to the backup file.

    2. Run the removeNode command again.