WLST enables you to create a new domain or update an existing domain without connecting to a running WebLogic Server (that is, using WLST offline)—supporting the same functionality as the Configuration Wizard.
The following sections describe how to create and configure WebLogic domains using WLST offline:
For information about sample scripts that you can use to create domains, see WLST Offline Sample Scripts.
For more information about the Configuration Wizard, see Creating WebLogic Domains Using the Configuration Wizard.
A domain template is a JAR file that contains domain configuration documents, applications, security data, startup scripts, and other information needed to create a domain. To create and use a domain template, perform the steps described in Table 3-1.
WLST offline provides read and write access to the configuration data that is persisted in the domain’s
config directory or in a domain template JAR created using Template Builder. This data is a collection of XML documents and expresses a hierarchy of management objects. For a description of all management objects in this hierarchy, see
Domain Configuration Schema Reference and other schema reference documents listed on the page.
WLST represents this hierarchy as a file system. The root of the file system is the management object that represents the WebLogic Server domain. Below the domain directory is a collection of directories for managed-object types; each instance of the type is a subdirectory under the type directory; and each management attribute and operation is a file within a directory. The name of an instance directory matches the value of the management object’s
Name attribute. If the management object does not have a
Name attribute, WLST generates a directory name using the following pattern:
NO_NAME_number, where number starts at 0 (zero) and increments by 1 for each additional instance.
To navigate the hierarchy, you use such WLST commands as
pwd in a similar way that you would navigate a file system in a UNIX or Windows command shell (see Table 3-2).
|Note:||As a performance optimization, WebLogic Server does not store most of its default values in the domain’s configuration files. In some cases, this optimization prevents entire management objects from being displayed by WLST offline (because WebLogic Server has never written the corresponding XML elements to the domain’s configuration files). For example, if you never modify the default logging severity level for a domain while the domain is active, WLST offline will not display the domain’s
|Note:||If you want to change the default value of attributes whose management object is not displayed by WLST offline, you must first use the
To edit a domain using WLST offline, you can perform any of the tasks defined in the following table.
WLST includes a command,
configToScript, that reads an existing domain and outputs a WLST script that can recreate the domain. See configToScript.
Unlike creating and using a domain template, the
configToScript command creates multiple files that must be used together. (A domain template is a single JAR file.) In addition, the script that the
configToScript command creates:
A domain template is a JAR file that contains all applications and resources needed to create a domain. Because the domain template is self-contained, you can use it to create domains on separate systems that do not share file systems.
When using WLST offline to create or extend a clustered domain with a template that has applications containing application-scoped JDBC and/or JMS resources, you may need to perform additional steps (after the domain is created or extended) to make sure that the application and its application-scoped resources are targeted and deployed properly in a clustered environment. For more information on the targeting and deployment of application-scoped modules, see “” in Deploying Applications to WebLogic Server.
If you want to use JDBC resources to connect to a database, modify the environment as the database vendor requires. Usually this entails adding driver classes to the
CLASSPATH variable and vendor-specific directories to the
PATH variable. To set the environment that the sample PointBase database requires as well as add an SDK to
PATH variable and the WebLogic Server classes to the
CLASSPATH variable, invoke the following script:
\samples\domains\wl_server\setExamplesEnv.cmd (on Windows)
/samples/domains/wl_server/setExamplesEnv.sh (on UNIX)