Get pod error details

You may get the following message while creating the WebLogic domain: "the job status is not Completed!"

status on iteration 20 of 20
pod domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-nj7wl status is Init:0/1
The create domain job is not showing status completed after waiting 300 seconds.
Check the log output for errors.
Error from server (BadRequest): container "create-weblogic-sample-domain-job" in pod "domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-nj7wl" is waiting to start: PodInitializing
[ERROR] Exiting due to failure - the job status is not Completed!

You can get further error details by running kubectl describe pod, as shown here:

$ kubectl describe pod <your-pod-name>

This is an output example:

$ kubectl describe pod domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-nj7wl
Type     Reason       Age                  From                                        Message
----     ------       ----                 ----                                        -------
Normal   Scheduled    4m2s                 default-scheduler                           Successfully assigned default/domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-qqv6k to aks-nodepool1-58449474-vmss000001
Warning  FailedMount  119s                 kubelet, aks-nodepool1-58449474-vmss000001  Unable to mount volumes for pod "domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-qqv6k_default(15706980-73cb-11ea-b804-b2c91b494b00)": timeout expired waiting for volumes to attach or mount for pod "default"/"domain1-create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-qqv6k". list of unmounted volumes=[weblogic-sample-domain-storage-volume]. list of unattached volumes=[create-weblogic-sample-domain-job-cm-volume weblogic-sample-domain-storage-volume weblogic-credentials-volume default-token-zr7bq]
Warning  FailedMount  114s (x9 over 4m2s)  kubelet, aks-nodepool1-58449474-vmss000001  MountVolume.SetUp failed for volume "wls-azurefile" : Couldn't get secret default/azure-secrea

Fail to access Administration Console

Here are some common reasons for this failure, along with some tips to help you investigate.

  • Create WebLogic domain job fails

    Check the deploy log and find the failure details with kubectl describe pod podname. Please go Getting pod error details.

  • Process of starting the servers is still running

    Check with kubectl get svc and if domainUID-admin-server, domainUID-managed-server1, and domainUID-managed-server2 are not listed, we need to wait some more for the Administration Server to start.

The following output is an example of when the Administration Server has started.

$ kubectl get svc
NAME                               TYPE           CLUSTER-IP    EXTERNAL-IP     PORT(S)              AGE
domain1-admin-server               ClusterIP      None          <none>          30012/TCP,7001/TCP   7m3s
domain1-admin-server-ext           NodePort   <none>          7001:30701/TCP       7m3s
domain1-admin-server-external-lb   LoadBalancer    7001:32758/TCP       7m32s
domain1-cluster-1-lb               LoadBalancer   8001:31022/TCP       7m30s
domain1-cluster-cluster-1          ClusterIP   <none>          8001/TCP             1s
domain1-managed-server1            ClusterIP      None          <none>          8001/TCP             1s
domain1-managed-server2            ClusterIP      None          <none>          8001/TCP             1s
internal-weblogic-operator-svc     ClusterIP     <none>          8082/TCP             9m59s
kubernetes                         ClusterIP      <none>          443/TCP              16m

If services are up but the WLS Administration Console is still not available, use kubectl describe domain to check domain status.

$ kubectl describe domain domain1

Make sure the status of cluster-1 is ServersReady and Available. The status of admin-server, managed-server1, and managed-server2 should be RUNNING. Otherwise, the cluster is likely still in the process of becoming fully ready.

Click here to view the example status.

Domain debugging

For some suggestions for debugging problems with Model in Image after your Domain YAML file is deployed, see Debugging.

WSL2 bad timestamp

If you are running with WSL2, you may run into the bad timestamp issue, which blocks Azure CLI. You may see the following error:

$ kubectl get pod
Unable to connect to the server: x509: certificate has expired or is not yet valid: current time 2020-11-25T15:58:10+08:00 is before 2020-11-27T04:25:04Z

You can run the following command to update WSL2 system time:

# Fix the outdated systime time
$ sudo hwclock -s
# Check systime time
$ data
Fri Nov 27 13:07:14 CST 2020

Timeout for the operator installation

You may run into a timeout while installing the operator and get the following error:

$ helm install weblogic-operator weblogic-operator/weblogic-operator \
   --namespace sample-weblogic-operator-ns \
   --set serviceAccount=sample-weblogic-operator-sa \
Error: timed out waiting for the condition

Make sure you are working with the main branch. Remove the operator and install again.

$ helm uninstall weblogic-operator -n sample-weblogic-operator-ns
release "weblogic-operator" uninstalled

Check out main and install the operator.

$ cd weblogic-kubernetes-operator
$ git checkout main
$ helm install weblogic-operator weblogic-operator/weblogic-operator \
   --namespace sample-weblogic-operator-ns \
   --set serviceAccount=sample-weblogic-operator-sa \

WebLogic Image Tool failure

If your version of WIT is older than 1.9.8, you will get an error running ./imagetool/bin/ if the Docker buildkit is enabled.

Here is the warning message shown:

failed to solve with frontend dockerfile.v0: failed to create LLB definition: failed to parse stage name "WDT_BUILD": invalid reference format: repository name must be lowercase

To resolve the error, either upgrade to a newer version of WIT or disable the Docker buildkit with the following commands and run the imagetool command again.


WebLogic Kubernetes Operator installation failure

Currently, we meet two cases that block the operator installation:

  • The system pods in the AKS cluster are pending.
  • The operator image is unavailable.

Follow these steps to dig into the error.

The AKS cluster system pods are pending

If system pods in the AKS cluster are pending, it will block the operator installation.

This is an error example with warning message no nodes available to schedule pods.

$ kubectl get pod -A
NAMESPACE                     NAME                                        READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
default                       weblogic-operator-c5c78b8b5-ssvqk           0/1     Pending   0          13m
kube-system                   coredns-79766dfd68-wcmkd                    0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
kube-system                   coredns-autoscaler-66c578cddb-tc946         0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
kube-system                   dashboard-metrics-scraper-6f5fb5c4f-9f5mb   0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
kube-system                   kubernetes-dashboard-849d5c99ff-xzknj       0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
kube-system                   metrics-server-7f5b4f6d8c-bqzrn             0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
kube-system                   tunnelfront-765bf6df59-msj27                0/1     Pending   0          3h22m
sample-weblogic-operator-ns   weblogic-operator-f86b879fd-v2xrz           0/1     Pending   0          35m
$ kubectl describe pod weblogic-operator-f86b879fd-v2xrz -n sample-weblogic-operator-ns
  Type     Reason            Age                 From               Message
  ----     ------            ----                ----               -------
  Warning  FailedScheduling  71s (x25 over 36m)  default-scheduler  no nodes available to schedule pods

If you run into this error, remove the AKS cluster and create a new one.

Run the kubectl get pod -A to make sure all the system pods are running.

$ kubectl get pod -A
NAMESPACE                     NAME                                        READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
kube-system                   coredns-79766dfd68-ch5b9                    1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   coredns-79766dfd68-sxk4g                    1/1     Running   0          3h43m
kube-system                   coredns-autoscaler-66c578cddb-s5qm5         1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   dashboard-metrics-scraper-6f5fb5c4f-wtckh   1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   kube-proxy-fwll6                            1/1     Running   0          3h42m
kube-system                   kube-proxy-kq6wj                            1/1     Running   0          3h43m
kube-system                   kube-proxy-t2vbb                            1/1     Running   0          3h43m
kube-system                   kubernetes-dashboard-849d5c99ff-hrz2w       1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   metrics-server-7f5b4f6d8c-snnbt             1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   omsagent-8tf4j                              1/1     Running   0          3h43m
kube-system                   omsagent-n9b7k                              1/1     Running   0          3h42m
kube-system                   omsagent-rcmgr                              1/1     Running   0          3h43m
kube-system                   omsagent-rs-787ff54d9d-w7tp5                1/1     Running   0          3h44m
kube-system                   tunnelfront-794845c84b-v9f98                1/1     Running   0          3h44m
WebLogic Kubernetes Operator ErrImagePull

If you got an error of ErrImagePull from pod status, use docker pull to check the operator image. If an error occurs, you can switch to a version that is greater than 3.1.1.

$ docker pull<version>
# Example: pull 3.1.1.
$ docker pull
3.1.1: Pulling from oracle/weblogic-kubernetes-operator
980316e41237: Pull complete
c980371d97ea: Pull complete
db19c8ff0d12: Pull complete
550f44317ae5: Pull complete
be2e701f5ee0: Pull complete
1cb891615559: Pull complete
4f4fb700ef54: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:6b060ec1989fcb26e1acb0d0b906d81fce6b8ec2e0a30fa2b9d9099290eb6416
Status: Downloaded newer image for

Cannot attach ACR due to not being Owner of subscription

If you’re unable to create an ACR and you’re using a service principal, you can use manual Role Assignments to grant access to the ACR as described in Azure Container Registry authentication with service principals.

First, find the objectId of the service principal used when the AKS cluster was created. You will need the output from az ad sp create-for-rbac, which you were directed to save to a file. Within the output, you need the value of the name property. It will start with http. Get the objectId with this command.

$ az ad sp show --id http://<your-name-from-the-saved-output> | grep objectId
"objectId": "nror4p30-qnoq-4129-o89r-p60n71805npp",

Next, assign the acrpull role to that service principal with this command.

$ az role assignment create --assignee-object-id <your-objectId-from-above> --scope $AKS_PERS_RESOURCE_GROUP --role acrpull
  "canDelegate": null,
  "condition": null,
  "type": "Microsoft.Authorization/roleAssignments"

After you do this, re-try the command that gave the error.

Virtual Machine size is not supported

If you run into the following error when creating the AKS cluster, please use an available VM size in the region.

$ az aks create \
   --resource-group $AKS_PERS_RESOURCE_GROUP \
   --name $AKS_CLUSTER_NAME \
   --node-count 2 \
   --generate-ssh-keys \
   --nodepool-name nodepool1 \
   --node-vm-size Standard_DS2_v2 \
   --location $AKS_PERS_LOCATION \
   --service-principal $SP_APP_ID \
   --client-secret $SP_CLIENT_SECRET
BadRequestError: Operation failed with status: 'Bad Request'. Details: Virtual Machine size: 'Standard_DS2_v2' is not supported for subscription subscription-id in location 'eastus'. The available VM sizes are 'basic_a0,basic_a1,basic_a2,basic_a3,basic_a4,standard_a2'. Please refer to for the details.
ResourceNotFoundError: The Resource 'Microsoft.ContainerService/managedClusters/wlsaks1613726008' under resource group 'wlsresourcegroup1613726008' was not found. For more details please go to

As shown in the example, you can use standard_a2; pay attention to the CPU and memory of that size; make sure it meets your memory requirements.

exec /weblogic-operator/scripts/ exec format error

This error happens if you run the command to build the Docker image under macOS with Apple Silicon. This is not supported. See this issue in the WebLogic Image Tool issue tracker.