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Running server as `root' is not allowed

I am trying to get my IceGridNode to run a server as root. However, server will not start up with root privileges. It gives the error:
running server as `root' is not allowed

The IceGridNode process is running as root:
root 3984 0.0 0.4 294756 8928 ? Sl 11:25 0:00 /usr/bin/icegridnode --daemon --pidfile /var/run/ --Ice.Config=/mnt/home/bdr/config.grid

My application.xml specifies root as the user:
<server id="BDRServer" exe="" activation="always" user="root">

Is there something I am missing?