This graphic shows a circle labeled "WLST" on the right and a box labeled "Machine A" on the right. Machine A contains a Node Manager, and Administration Server and a database. WLST points to Node Manager with an arrow labeled "Issues command to start Admin Server." The database points to the Node Manager with an arrow labeled "2. NM determines domain directory, authenticates user." The database also points to the Node Manager with an arrow labeled "3. NM obtains startup properties for AS." Node Manager points to Administration Server with an arrow labeled "4. NM creates [process for AS." The Administration Server points to the database with an arrow labeled "5. AS obtains domain configuration."