I have problem with starting Apache Tomcat 6 from Netbeans IDE 7.4 (on 7.3 version I had the same troubles. Other people mentioned that this problem exist also in other versions, like 8.0 etc).
What did I do:
I have faced the exact problem in apache-tomcat-7.0.56 and apache-tomcat-8.0.14 with netbeans7.4 and netbeans8. I installed tomcat from zip file. I fixed it by changing catalina.bat file in tomcat bin directory.
Find the bellow configuration in your catalina.bat file.
:noJuliConfig set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_CONFIG%" :noJuliManager set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_MANAGER%"
Just remove the double quotes
:noJuliConfig set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_CONFIG% :noJuliManager set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_MANAGER%
Now save and start your tomcat from NetBeans. It works for me in apache-tomcat-7.0.56 and apache-tomcat-8.0.14.