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I'm on Windows, went to %CATALINA_HOME%\bin\ and ran startup.

I did see another commandline window popup and tomcat was loading some webapps that were there before (I had run webapp inside my IDE before that, now wanted to try from commandline). Then the window disappeared. I tried the address http://localhost:8080/manager/html, it's not loaded.

So how do I know tomcat is running on Windows. I tried Task Manager didn't see it there.

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It should appear as a javaw.exe process. If you have multiple java apps running, you might have to keep an eye on how many are running to see if you gain 1 more after launching.

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I recommend using TCPView to determine what processes are listening on what IPs/ports.

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You can use WMIC.exe to get all the information that task manager would give you, INCLUDING the full command line of each process on the system. Then, you can use "FIND" to grep the output of that command and find a specific instances if you have more than one.

wmic.exe process list brief | find /i "tomcat"

To answer your specific question though, try starting Tomcat and redirecting the output to a log file and then examine it for errors:

   C:\Temp\Tomcat6> startTomcat.bat>console.log&ECHO console.log
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