running bamboo in vmware windows guest: unable to connect to http://localhost:8085


I just installed bamboo on a Windows 8.1 guest OS running in vmware fusion on my mac. After following the installation guide I execute:

C:\Program Files\Bamboo>bin\start-bamboo.bat

The output is only:

To run Bamboo in the foreground, start the server with start-bamboo.bat /fg

Bamboo Server Edition    Version : 5.9.0

No logs are created and I cannot connect to localhost:8085

If don't think that Bamboo is properly running.

Does anybody know what can be wrong?

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Hello Mattijs,

Thank you for your question.

  • does "ping localhost" gets resolved?
  • are you able to "telnet localhost 8085" successfully?
  • are there any errors being thrown in "<bamboo-install>/logs"?
  • is there any firewall in place? Please, run "netstat -ab" and make sure port number 8085 is listening

If you find this answer useful, I would kindly ask you to accept it so the same will be visible to others who might be facing the same issue you have inquired.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,
Rafael P. Sperafico
Atlassian Support

Hi Rafael,

Thanks for your response.

  • "ping localhost" responds correctly with "Reply from ::1: time<1ms"
  • "telnet localhost 8085" yields: "Connecting To localhost...Could not open connection to the host, on port 8085: Connect failed"
  • as I wrote in my question the "<bamboo-install>/logs" directory is completely empty. There are no logs generated at all. That's why I suspect somehow the "start-baboo.bat" does not fully start the bamboo server. When I install Bamboo on my OSX host and run "" the output is much more verbose:

    To run Bamboo in the foreground, start the server with -fg

    Server startup logs are located in /Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1/logs/catalina.out

    Bamboo Standalone Edition

       Version : 5.8.1


    Detecting JVM PermGen support...

    PermGen switch is supported. Setting to 256m

    If you encounter issues starting or stopping Bamboo Server, please see the Troubleshooting guide at

    Using CATALINA_BASE:   /Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1

    Using CATALINA_HOME:   /Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1

    Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1/temp

    Using JRE_HOME:        /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home

    Using CLASSPATH:       /Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1/bin/bootstrap.jar:/Users/mdgroot/Bamboo/atlassian-bamboo-5.8.1/bin/tomcat-juli.jar"

    On the mac the following logs are created on startup:

    • access_log.2015-06-13

    • host-manager.2015-06-13.log

    • catalina.2015-06-13.log

    • localhost.2015-06-13.log

    • catalina.out manager.2015-06-13.log


  • Here's an exerpt from "netstat -ab":
    Active Connections

    Proto  Local Address          Foreign Address        State
      TCP            XXX-XXXXXXXXXX:0      LISTENING
      TCP            XXX-XXXXXXXXXX:0      LISTENING
     Can not obtain ownership information




    But there is no localhost:8085.


Hope this information helps to track  down the problem.


Thanks in advance,



Hello Mattijs, Please, upgrade Java as "Using JRE_HOME: /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home" is no longer supported by Bamboo v5.8.1 according to our documentation. — Kind regards, Rafael P. Sperafico Atlassian Support

Thanks for the tip, but that is not the issue here because that JRE_HOME is
used only on my osx host OS an as I said that works as expected. It is the
Bamboo on the Windows guest OS that does not start properly.

Hope this can be fixed.


Please, raise a "Support Request" under "Bamboo Administration >> System >> Atlassian Support Tools" and comment on this ""; so we can follow it up.

Sorry, I don't understand. Where do I find Bamboo Administration >> System >> Atlassian Support Tools? You don't mean in the Bamboo server that is not running?

Solved it! Sorry for the confusion. My JAVA_HOME environment variable was pointing to C:\Progra~1\Java\jdk1.8.0_45\bin instead of C:\Progra~1\Java\jdk1.8.0_45

Actually Bamboo can not find your JAVA_HOME path so please make it correct.
and then try 

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