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From Fran Varin <>
Subject RE: installing the admin on 5.5
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2007 15:53:09 GMT

Here are the steps that I have taken: 

1) Download the zip for Tomcat 5.5.20
2) Download the zip for Java SE 1.4 compatibility (5.5.20)
3) Download the zip for the Admin tool (5.5.20)

4) Unzip Tomcat to --> c:\CMA_Dev\Servers\Tomcat
    - Base directory renamed from "apache-tomcat-5.5.20" to "tomcat-5.5.20"

5) Unzip and install compatibility zip file (seems to work fine...tomcat
6) Unzip admin tool 
    - copied "admin" directory and all of its contents to
"c:\CMA_Dev\Servers\Tomcat\tomcat-5.5.20\server\webapps" (same location as
"manager" and "host-manager"
    - copied "admin.xml" to

7) modified "tomcat-users.xml" to include the following line: 
    "<user username="admin" password="admin" roles="standard, manager,
admin" />"

8) Start Tomcat via Eclipse
    - Observe mention of "admin" anywhere

9) Launch the following url "http://localhost:8080" ... received the Tomcat
initial page
    - Select manager and authenticate with "admin/admin" ... works fine. 
    - Note that "/admin" is listed as an application

10) Return to initial tomcat page and select "administration" 
    - the following message is reported "Tomcat's administration web
application is no longer installed by default. Download and install the
"admin" package to use it"

This is basically everything I know about the admin application at this
point. I followed the above steps to install the feature ... still cannot
get it to work. The only slight deviation to the process in this post is
that the directory name change I mentioned above caused the unzip to create
a new base directory. I just copied the content to their appropriate places
(i.e. "server\webapps") figuring that this is all that the unzip would have
done anyway. I also manually copied the "admin.xml" to the conf location
mentioned above as well. I'm at a loss to understand what I have missed


Caldarale, Charles R wrote:
>> From: Fran Varin [] 
>> Subject: RE: installing the admin on 5.5
>> Hi, I've read through all of the post material I can find on 
>> this topic and still cannot seem to get the admin app deployed
>> correctly.
> The usual problem is starting with the Windows .exe download of the
> Tomcat core rather than the .zip or .tar.gz version.  The .exe download
> creates a directory structure not compatibile with the one that
> expects.
> If you have already installed the .exe version of the Tomcat core and
> want to keep using it, you can copy the unzipped admin files to the
> proper locations with the following.  If you unzipped admin into C:, it
> will have created a directory structure starting at
> C:\apache-tomcat-5.5.20; take everything under that location and
> drag/drop it into "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat
> 5.5" (that's where the .exe puts things by default).  You'll get a
> couple of overwrite warnings, and it doesn't matter how you answer them
> as long as you don't click cancel.
> After that, all you need to do is update conf/tomcat-users.xml with an
> appropriate userid and admin role.
>  - Chuck
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