To configure global Controller administration settings, you use the AppDynamics Administration Console. The AppDynamics Administration Console should not be confused with the administration console for the underlying GlassFish application server or with the administration page accessible in the general AppDynamics UI. The AppDynamics Administration Console lets you configure certain global settings such as metric retention periods, UI notification triggers, tenancy mode, and accounts in multi-tenancy mode.  

AppDynamics recommends that you do not change Controller settings in the console except under the guidance of an AppDynamics representative or as specifically directed by documentation. 

Access the Controller Admin Console

  1. If you are logged into a Controller UI session with an account other than the root user, log out or open a new browser window in private (incognito) mode. If you do not, you will get an "Access Denied" error when you attempt to open the console page.  

  2. In the browser enter the URL of the Administration Console:


    The console is served on the same port as the Controller UI, port 8090 by default.

  3. Log into the system account with the root user password. The root user is a built-in global administrator for the Controller. Use the password you set for this user when installing. For more information on root and other types of administrative users, see User Management.

    The root user password is different from a normal AppDynamics account password. It is not the same as the account owner or account administrator password. If you are logged into the Controller using your current account, you need to log out of that account and then back in as the root user to access the admin console.

    For information on changing the Controller root user password, see User Management

Access the Glassfish Admin Console

In rare cases, you may need to log in to the administration console for application server underlying GlassFish server. The admin console provides a browser interface for performing many of the same tasks you can perform using the asadmin command-line utility. You can access the console for the GlassFish server using the built-in user account named admin. 

For security reasons, access to the GlassFish browser interface is limited to local machine access by default, so the following steps should be performed from a browser on the Controller machine. Attempts to access the console remotely trigger the error message "Secure Admin must be enabled to access the DAS remotely." 

To access the GlassFish administration console:
  1. From a web browser on the Controller machine, open the following URL:


    Note that port 4848 is the default port number for the GlassFish administration console, but it may have been set to another value at installation time.  If the default port doesn't work and you are unsure of what port number to use, you can check the port configured for the network-listener element named admin-listener in the domain.xml file.

  2. Log in as user admin. 
    By default, the GlassFish user admin password is the same as the root user password for the Administration Console. See User Management to change the GlassFish user admin password.