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Chapter

4
WebSphere Application Server v8
Primer

By

Joseph Amrith Raj

WebSphere Customization Toolbox


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Primer, part-4: WebSphere
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Table of Contents
1 .What is WebSphere Customization Toolbox [WCT] ................................................................................ 4
2 .How to get and Install WCT...................................................................................................................... 4
2A. Option1 ............................................................................................................................................... 4
2B. Option2 ............................................................................................................................................... 4
Using Option 2 ...................................................................................................................................... 4
3 .Using WCT ............................................................................................................................................... 10
3.1 .Web Server Plug-ins Configuration Tool [PCT] .................................................................................... 10
3.2 .Profile Management Tool (Z/OS only) [PMT]....................................................................................... 17
3.3 .Z/OS Migration Management Tool [MMT] .......................................................................................... 21
About Author .............................................................................................................................................. 23
Connect With US ......................................................................................................................................... 24

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1 .What is WebSphere Customization Toolbox [WCT]


The WebSphere Customization Toolbox includes tools for managing, configuring, and migrating various
parts of your WebSphere Application Server environment.

2 .How to get and Install WCT


You can get and install WCT using the following two options

2A. Option1: Download IIM and WCT from the IBM website and use the local installation.
More details on how to install using IIM can be found here.

2B. Option2: Install IBM Installation Manager [IIM] and install WCT from the repositories

Using Option 2
First download and install IBM installation Manager [presently beta version]

Start installation manager


Click, File Preferences Repositories
You should see
http://www.ibm.com/software/repositorymanager/com.ibm.websphere.WCT.v80 in the list.
This is for WCT

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Now click OK and go back to IIM welcome page and then select Install

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You will be asked for authentication, provide your IBM ID and password
Installation manager searches in the repositories defined for available packages.
Select WebSphere Customization Toolbox and click next

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In the next steps, accept license then select the location to install
Now on the features section, you can choose the following 3, as shown in the next screenshot

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After making your selection, click next, check the summary and then proceed to install
After successful installation, start the WCT
On windows -> you can start it from all programs ->IBM websphere -> WCT
Others -> start from the installation location
You can use the WCT command line utility as well, which can be found under
WCT_Install_root/WCT

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3 .Using WCT
3.1 .Web Server Plug-ins Configuration Tool [PCT]
This tool allows you to configure your web server plug-ins on distributed operating systems. In simple
terms this tool will create the webserver definitions for you.
Below is the screenshot of the PCT

First add runtime location by clicking Add. This will let you add a previously installed web server
plug-in location to your working set.

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Give name for the definition and the location of the plug-in configuration file and click finish

Now lets create a new plug-in configuration

Click on Create a web server configuration


On the next screen select the web server type
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On the next screen, give location of the http.conf file and http port number of the web server
and click next

In the next screen, specify a name for the web server definition

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Here, select the configuration scenario, either remote or local based on where your websphere
application server is present

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Then select the WebSphere Application server profile to configure the web server plug-in and
definition, verify the summery and click configure

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Click finish and verify the details


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3.2 .Profile Management Tool (Z/OS only) [PMT]


This tool creates customization definitions that are used to create or augment websphere application
server runtime environments on remote systems. Processing the definitions results in the generation of
customization jobs that you then run on the z/OS system.

Start PMT from WCT and add a customization location

Then click on create this results in a window, where you can select the type of profile you like
to create.

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After you are done with creating the desired profile, come back to PMT and click on
customization response file to see the generated response file

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and click on customization Instructions for help on how to use the response file.

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3.3 .Z/OS Migration Management Tool [MMT]


This tool creates migration definitions that are used to migrate a websphere application server for z/OS
node. The generated migration jobs must be uploaded to and run on the target zO/S system
Im not explaining this toll as I do not have a zO/S node available

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References
1. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dmndhelp/v7r5mx/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.wb
pm.imuc.doc%2Ftopics%2Ftins_zos_install_wct.html
2. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wasinfo/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.websphe
re.installation.zseries.doc%2Finfo%2Fzseries%2Fae%2Ftins_wct.html
3. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wasinfo/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.websphe
re.installation.zseries.doc%2Finfo%2Fzseries%2Fae%2Ftins_uninstallation_wct_silent.html

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About Author
Joseph Amrith Raj is a technical consultant for multiple WebSphere products. He worked on various
product consulting and support teams including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ,
WebSphere Message Broker, Enterprise Service Bus and WebSphere Process Server. He has 7 years of
experience in administration, troubleshooting, consulting and he has significant experience in
architecture, strategy and leadership positions. He is IBM certified for WAS, WMQ, WPS , SOA and Cloud
Computing.

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