IBM Websphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration (Information Management) Hardcover – 26 Aug 2004
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From the Back Cover
The expert guide to deploying and managing any WebSphere Application Server V5.x application and environment
If you're a WebSphere Application Server administrator or developer, this
is your advanced guide for delivering applications rapidly, running them smoothly, and administering them efficiently. Four leading IBM consultants draw on their years of experience to illuminate the key steps involved in taking WebSphere Application Server applications from development to production. They focus on the areas most crucial to success, including application assembly and build, application and infrastructure configuration and administration, and application testing and verification. Along the way, they show how to implement automated deployment processes that can be executed frequently, reliably, and quickly―so you can get your applications to market fast. The focus is on WebSphere Application Server Version 5.1, but much of the information applies to other versions.
- Installing, testing, and managing WebSphere Application Server environments: clustering, security, messaging, integration, and more
- Deploying and managing key J2EE technologies: JDBC, Connectors, EJB, container managed and message driven beans, transactions, JMS, JavaMail, and more
- Deploying highly available, scalable multi-node WebSphere Application Server environments: clustering, distributed session management, and edge components
- Advanced considerations: working with Java Management Extensions, caching, and much more
- Performance-tuning tools
- Leveraging key WebSphere deployment and administration tools: ANT, wsadmin, Admin Console, and the Application Server Toolkit
- Advanced discussions of J2EE and architectural concepts you need to deploy successfully―with practical examples
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About the Author
Roland Barcia is a Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM's Software Services for WebSphere, and he specializes in helping enterprise clients implement WebSphere, J2EE, and Web services solutions.
Bill Hines is a Certified Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM's Software Services for WebSphere. His expertise includes installation, configuration, tuning, dynacache, security, troubleshooting, and design/architecture of enterprise J2EE WebSphere applications.
Tom Alcott is an IBM Consulting I/T Specialist and a member of IBM's World Wide WebSphere technical sales support team, assisting customers in both the United States and abroad.
Keys Botzum is a Senior Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM Software Services for WebSphere. He has over 10 years' experience in large-scale distributed system design and now specializes in security.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book does two big things particularly well:
1) It is an excellent resource for automating the build and deploys processes resulting in huge time savings and very reproducible builds.
2) It is incredibly comprehensive on just about every tweakable parameter in the WAS environment not only telling you what values you can change but also why you might want to change them.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
A useful feature of the book is how it can help a regular sysadmin make the transition to being a WebSphere sysadmin. A possible upward career move. The knowledge here is more specialised than that for running a generic AIX or linux cluster. But there is enough overlap in some topics to make it a logical move. For example, the book talks about the WAS network deployment architecture. Essentially, it is for load balancing and redundancy. The natural purview of your sysadmin.
Also, if you're not a sysadmin, but an IT manager facing WebSphere deployment issues, you may want to consider redeploying a sysadmin here. Show her this book and see if she's interested.
The most useful concepts learned from this book were how to automate so many tedious processes that are bound to the development and deployment cycle. The text provides a great starting point for understanding surrounding technologies like ANT and wsadmin. Implementing these automated processes has saved time and eliminated errors.
Aside from recommending best practice deployment concepts, the text provides a hefty resource on application server settings as well. This book has been such a blessing in its ability to provide not only the "how" we enable or modify a setting, but also answers the "why" we would want to do such a thing.
Finally, the text does an excellent job conveying information regarding J2EE technologies and advanced server configurations to provide high availability systems, performance increases, and security hardening.
This book is a must have for any enterprise running J2EE architectures and doubly so if you are using IBM Websphere.
It breifly describes the main concepts that a sys admin would encounter and then goes on to discuss the deployment issues around that particular subject. (See coverage section in the editorial review)
One of the most useful aspects of the book is it's attention to the wsadmin scripting utility (and its integration with ANT) that is favoured by most sys admin's but is lacking in good examples even in the info center. Unfortunately all of the scripting is done using JACL (they explain this reasoning in the book) and it would have been nice to have seen some in Jython. (Note that as of v6.1 there is a utility that does a pretty good job of converting JACL scripts to Jython see [...]
Although this book is based on WAS v5 the majority of it's contents is applicable to v6 also so it is certainly worth the purchase. I work with WAS from v4 - v6 and the book has been very useful to me as a WAS specialist.
I should note that I am an IBM employee and as a WAS technical specialist I work with many organisations helping them to implement their WAS environments. I recommend this book to them without reservation and this is high recommendation as we tend to be more critical than most about WAS material.
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