It was discovered that the gatein-sample-portal-ds.xml file shipped with the application server was out of sync with the gatein-ds.xml file. Customers that used the sample portal datasource file experienced issues when the file was deployed together with gatein-sample-portal.ear. Errors were logged to the application server's log, and the sample portal would not correctly start. The fix rebases gatein-sample-portal-ds.xml in line with gatein-ds.xml with the following fixes: The IDM database configuration is declared before JCR; The Hypersonic data file location is now specified under the gatein conf directory; and the IDM datastore was changed from local-tx-datasource to no-tx-datasource. When gatein-sample-portal-ds.xml is deployed with gatein-sample-portal.ear, the sample portal starts, and can be visited using http://localhost:8080/sample-portal.