Changing Process Center URL in Process Designer configuration

Lately, when I have been trying to install a new version (7.5.1.0) of IBM BPM environment, I have encountered an unexpected problem. I have installed Integration Designer along with Process Server and BPM Process Center (PC) on the same virtual machine. After installation, I have first created a Process Server Profile and after and then a PC profile.
Creation of both profiles went smoothly and both profiles started normally. Then, I opened Process Center Console on the second profile and downloaded Process Designer (PD) installation files. I installed PD and tried to open it. And there was a surprise. Although I have just downloaded files from process center, which was therefore obviously running, PD has displayed the following error: “Attempt to connect to the Process Center failed. Verify that the server is running.”.

error connecting to process center

The only thing I could think about was that there is no fee live sex option to specify Process Center hostname and port. After a little search, I have discovered that PD has “Dcom.ibm.bpm.processcenter.url” option in “eclipse.ini” file, found in PD installation directory (“C:\IBM\ProcessDesigner\v7.5” in my case) that tells PD where to connect to. In my case, I had to update port value from default “9080” to “9081” (as I’ve mentioned, PC was my second profile). After restarting PD connection finally succeeded.

This method is also the only way to go if you are using the same Process Designer for two or more diferent Process Center Servers. While this may not be an often expected case, I am still suprised that IBM has not included another textfield on the login screen to specify which Process Center do you wish to connect to. Perhaps in version 7.5.2 :)

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3 Comments for Changing Process Center URL in Process Designer configuration

Ramesh | March 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

When i attempt to connect Process designer .it is giving me this error

“Unexpected HTTP 404 response code 404 attempting to connect to the process center:
not found

Please porvide methe solution

sudheer | October 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

Its really working.In my case i have websphere process server version 7 in my laptop which was using 9080 port already.And i have installed BPM 8.0.1 and when i am trying to open the Process designer giving the same error which was resolved using the above change..Thanx a lot…

Giant Krab | August 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

Thank you! Changing the port from 9080 to 9081 helped.

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