HCL Portal Express 8.5 - Server startup and installation

Starting October 1, 2018, attempts to start or restart the HCL Portal server on HCL Portal Express Version 8.5 or 9.0 or deploy new installations will fail with errors due to an invalid license file (wpe85.lic). Learn more how to apply fix.


Starting October 1st, 2018, attempts to start/restart the server on HCL Portal Express 8.5 will fail with the following error in SystemOut.log:
  • CLFBD0026E: The product IBM WebSphere Portal Express does not have a valid license key installed and the evaluation period has expired. 
    Functions specific to this product are not enabled.
  • CLFBD0030E: Caught error, message: Past the expiration date on license.

Similarly, attempts to install the product will also fail. A review of the installation logs will show the same CLFBD0026E and CLFBD0030E errors. The cause of this issue is an invalid license duration in the license file (wpe85.lic). This issue impacts both trial (evaluation) and non-trial versions of HCL Portal Express 8.5, 9.0 and new installations.

Recommended Solution

To apply iFix PH03610, users need to download the fix here.


To address a server startup failure, remove the License Check application via the following steps:
  1. Replace the existing file of the same name with the following: lc_adv_cfg.xml. Where
    where <PortalHome> represents the installed location. By default, this is:
    • Windows: C:\IBM\WebSphere\PortalServer
    • Linux: /opt/IBM/WebSphere/PortalServer
    • IBM i: /QIBM/ProdData/WebSphere/PortalServer/V85/Express
  2. In the ConfigEngine directory of your Portal profile, run the following ConfigEngine task:
    • Windows: ConfigEngine.bat action-remove-ear-wp.exp.wart/lcComponent -DWasPassword=<Was_admin-password>
    • Linux: ./ConfigEngine.sh action-remove-ear-wp.exp.wart/lcComponent -DWasPassword=<Was_admin-password>
    • IBM i: ConfigEngine.sh action-remove-ear-wp.exp.wart/lcComponent -DWasPassword=<Was_admin-password>
    The server should now start successfully.
To address a failed installation:
  1. Temporarily reset the system clock for the operating system to a date prior to Oct 1, 2018.
  2. Install the product.
  3. Run through the steps above to remove the License Check application and avoid any subsequent server startup failures.
  4. Reset system clock back to current date.