I have configured the SDL Web 8 Deployer as a standalone microservice. When I try to start the service, I get this error in the logs:

2016-04-06 10:36:37,873 ERROR SpringApplication - Application startup failed org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanCreationException: Error creating bean with name 'deployerController': Invocation of init method failed; nested exception is com.sdl.delivery.configuration.ConfigurationException: License file 'cd_licenses.xml' could not be found.

In the cd_storage_conf.xml file of the service, I have the following:

<License Location="C:\Program Files (x86)\SDL Web\config\cd_licenses.xml"/>

I have also tried these variants:

<License Location="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\SDL Web\\config\\cd_licenses.xml"/>
<License Location="C:/Program Files (x86)/SDL Web/config/cd_licenses.xml"/>

In the configuration of my Content service, I have the following, and it works:

<License Location="C:\Program Files (x86)\SDL Web\config\cd_licenses.xml"/>

If I copy the license file into the config folder of the Deployer service, it works correctly, but I'd rather keep my license file in a single location.

Why does the Deployer appear to work differently to the other (apparently similar) services, and how can I get it to accept the license location? Is there something else that needs to be configured in addition to the storage conf? (I tried adding a License element at the bottom of the cd_deployer_conf.xml, but I got a schema validation error.)

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    Have you configured the license file in the "cd_deployer_conf.xml" also? because the deployerController must be using cd_deployer_config file. Apr 6, 2016 at 9:00

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Check your other configuration files. You probably also need a License location configured in your cd_deployer_conf.xml

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    This was indeed the problem. My mistake had been to interpret the schema validation message as meaning that I shouldn't have a License element in the deployer config. In fact, it is allowed but not at the bottom of the Deployer element, which is where I'd placed it. Apr 6, 2016 at 9:08
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    didn't you see my comment before this answer? Apr 6, 2016 at 9:10
  • Thanks Raul. Unfortunately I can't accept answers from both of you. I hope everyone votes up your comments though. Apr 6, 2016 at 9:13
  • There's no conspiracy... Stack Exchange was not the only place this question was discussed ;) i.imgur.com/mlRHjMp.jpg Apr 6, 2016 at 9:19

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