Steps to recreate:
1) Create a Web Service as per the instructions at
2) Test the web service using (the auto launched) Web Service Explorer. Everything works fine.
3) Shut down server and restart the server. Again launch the web service. It runs fine without any error.
4) Shut down server, close eclipse, restart eclipse, start server. This time try to access the web service and you will not be able to access it.
An initial analysis shows that in Step-4 (after a Eclipse & Server restart) the "Publish" operation of Eclipse is deleting "server-config.wsdd" from <GERONIMO_HOME>\repository\<path-to-deployed-EAR>\<war name>\WEB-INF directory.
You will get the following error in the console:
17:01:56,218 ERROR [EngineConfigurationFactoryServlet] Unable to find config file. Creating new servlet engine config file: /WEB-INF/server-config.wsdd
Is this related to the issue reported in http://mail-archive.ow2.org/jonas-team/2006-08/msg00046.html ? Needs to be explored.