Oracle WebLogic Server 11
he introduction to this book provided a quick outline of the Java Enterprise Edition(Java EE) and the nature of web applications for which you use WebLogic Server.Since the primary goal of this book is for you to understand how to administerWebLogic Server, you will begin by learning key administration topics such asinstalling and upgrading the Oracle WebLogic Server and becoming familiar withthe administration tools you use day in and day out to manage WebLogic Server. There are threemajor administrative tools that are going to be your day-to-day companions when managing theOracle WebLogic Server: the Administration Console, the Node Manager utility, and theWebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST). This chapter briefly introduces these tools, and you’ll learn howto use all three of these tools, as well as other WebLogic Server management commands, in laterchapters. In this and the next chapter, I make extensive use of the sample Oracle WebLogicServer applications that you can install to learn various administrative and deployment-relatedconcepts. This chapter introduces the WebLogic Server sample domains that host the sampleapplications. This and other chapters use the sample domains to explain various WebLogic Servermanagement concepts. Before we start reviewing the installation, upgrading, and management of Oracle WebLogic Server, however, let’s review the Oracle WebLogic Server product set as wellas key terminology and important architectural concepts that illustrate how Oracle WebLogicServer functions.
Oracle WebLogic Server: An Overview
Before you learn how to install, upgrade, and manage Oracle WebLogic Server, let’s do a quickreview of the various Oracle WebLogic Server products. In addition, a brief summary of keyterminology will help you understand the components of a WebLogic Server
, a collectionof WebLogic Server instances and related resources and services that are managed together as asingle unit.
Oracle WebLogic Server Product Set
Oracle WebLogic Server 11
is a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11
, which consists of several Oracle products that span business intelligence, collaboration tools, content management,and integration services. The underlying application server supporting these middlewareapplications is Oracle WebLogic Server 11
. Products such as Oracle SOA Suite and OracleFusion applications rely on Oracle WebLogic Server 11
to run their code.Oracle offers three distinct products as part of the Oracle WebLogic Server 11
applicationfamily:Oracle WebLogic Server Standard Edition (SE)
Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition (EE)
Oracle WebLogic Suite
Oracle WebLogic Server Standard Edition
The WebLogic Server Standard Edition (SE) is a full-featured server, but is mainly intended fordevelopers to develop enterprise applications quickly. WebLogic Server SE implements all the Java EE standards and offers management capabilities through the Administration Console.