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I guess you stumbled upon Note 989118.1 Tuning / Load Balancing: How to Manually Create a New WLS Forms Managed Server in 11g (188.8.131.52 and Above) ?
It is mentioned there that you need to set the -Doracle.instance java property (amongst others) in the weblogic administration console. However; I found out that java properties set in the weblogic console are not picked up for the forms installation; you have to set them manually in one of the batch files used to start the managed servers.
For the original WLS_FORMS this is done in one of those files (startWeblogic.cmd, startManagedWeblogic.cmd or setDomainEnv.cmd; I don't remember) in an if condition; if you named your cloned server WLS_FORMS1 or something like it is mentioned in the note above most certainly this didn't happen.
Bingo - that was exactly the issue. Perhaps the support note (and the HA guide) need to be updated to reflect that this needs to be done even if you didn't clone the WLS_FORMS server, but just extended the cluster normally.
Also FYI - the Server Start properties in WLS console do work as long as you use Node Manager to start the managed servers.
Thanks again, you've saved me tons of time.