I have 3 vm windows, on all of them is installed solr 5.4.0 and 3.4.6 zookeeper; the two services start automatically when the vm start. After reboot vms the solr does not respond correctly, it gives me error500:

HTTP ERROR 500 Problem accessing /solr/. Reason: Server Error ... SolrException: Error processing the request. CoreContainer is either not initialized or shutting down.

Checking the logs I have also seen this error:

o.a.s.c.SolrCore null:org.apache.solr.common.SolrException: Error occurred while loading solr.xml from zookeeper

Trying to stop the zookeeper and solr services on all vm and start again (before start zookeeper on all vm and after solr), sometimes takes solr starts to work properly; other times by solrcloud section of the UI, we notice that the nodes are in the down state (written brown)

I list the procedures that I run to create the cluster solr:

  • create folder "zookeeper/data" and changed the zoo.cfg file by adding the zookeeper nodes in this way








  • created the myid files with the respective number on the nodes (1, 2, 3) in the zookeeper\data
  • by NSSMs I created zk service that starts the script zookeeper\bin\zkServer.cmd, and the solr service that starts solr\bin\solr.cmd with the following parameters

-c -z "zknode1:2181,zknode2:2181,zknode3:2181" -f

I create a collection based on an existing configuration on solr not cloud

solr.cmd create_collection -c mycoll -d C:\conf\mycoll\conf -n mycoll -shards 1 -replicationFactor 3

on each solr node is see that is created mycoll_shard1_replicaX folder, where X changes on each node (1,2,3). Querying all works, even dataimport, but if I restart the nodes, finding the problem written above. I'm wrong in the creation of the collection, or is this a known bug?

  • Hi kasher, did you managed in solve this problem? I have the same problem with Solr 6.1.0 and Zookeeper 3.4.5. Thanks!
    – Mat
    Jul 21, 2016 at 12:41
  • We're seeing this too. Due to system config issues, all 3 solr AND all 3 ZK machines are out of disk space. So I'd suggest that this Solr error might be a ZK related issue somehow. Aug 26, 2016 at 17:53
  • I'm looking into a similar issue, could it be that zookeeper hasn't started up before solr starts up, and so solr fails to connect to zookeeper and remains in a failed state?
    – Ian
    Jan 3, 2017 at 10:24

2 Answers 2


Suggesting that maybe zookeeper isn't started before solr tries to initialise. Using nssm dependencies can you make solr service dependant on zookeeper service. https://nssm.cc/usage


I have solved the issue by setting the services startup in these mode

  • zookeeper: Automatic
  • solr: Automatic (Delayed start)

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