Using WebLogic Server Clusters
config.xml file is an XML document that describes the configuration of a WebLogic Server domain. The content and structure of the
config.xml is defined in the associated Document Type Definition (DTD),
config.xml consists of a series of XML elements. The Domain element is the top-level element, and all elements in the Domain descend from the Domain element. The Domain element includes child elements, such as the Server, Cluster, and Application elements. These child elements may have children of their own. For example, the Server element includes the child elements WebServer, SSL and Log. The Application element includes the child elements EJBComponent and WebAppComponent.
Each element has one or more configurable attributes. An attribute defined in
config.dtd has a corresponding attribute in the configuration API. For example, the Server element has a
ListenPort attribute, and likewise, the
weblogic.management.configuration.ServerMBean has a
ListenPort attribute. Configurable attributes are readable and writable, that is,
ServerMBean has a
getListenPort and a
To learn more about
config.xml, see BEA WebLogic Server Configuration Reference.
A domain can include multiple WebLogic Server clusters and non-clustered WebLogic Server instances. Strictly speaking, a domain could consist of only one WebLogic Server instance—however, in that case that sole server instance would be an Administration Server, because each domain must have exactly one Administration Server.
There are a variety of ways to invoke the services of the Administration Server to accomplish configuration tasks, as described in Methods of Configuring Clusters. Whichever method is used, the Administration Server for a cluster must be running when you modify the configuration.
When the Administration Server starts, it loads the
config.xml for the domain. It looks for
config.xml in the current directory. Unless you specify another directory when you create a domain,
config.xml is stored in:
Each time the Administration Server starts successfully, a backup configuration file named
config.xml.booted is created in the domain directory. In the unlikely event that the
config.xml file should be corrupted during the lifetime of the server instance, it is possible to revert to this previous configuration.
The following figure shows a typical production environment that contains an Administration Server and multiple WebLogic Servers instances. When you start the server instances in such a domain, the Administration Server is started first. As each additional server instance is started, it contacts the Administration Server for its configuration information. In this way, the Administration Server operates as the central control entity for the configuration of the entire domain.
The failure of an Administration Server for a domain does not affect the operation of Managed Servers in the domain. If an Administration Server for a domain becomes unavailable while the server instances it manages—clustered or otherwise—are up and running, those Managed Servers continue to run. If the domain contains clustered server instances, the load balancing and failover capabilities supported by the domain configuration remain available, even if the Administration Server fails.
Note: If an Administration Server fails because of a hardware or software failure on its host machine, other server instances on the same machine may be similarly affected. However, the failure of an Administration Server itself does not interrupt the operation of Managed Servers in the domain.
For instructions on re-starting an Administration Server, see Restarting an Administration Server When Managed Servers are Running in Configuring and Managing WebLogic Server.
WebLogic Server allows you to change the configuration attributes of domain resources dynamically—while server instances are running. In most cases you do not need to restart the server instance for your changes to take effect. When an attribute is reconfigured, the new value is immediately reflected in both the current run-time value of the attribute and the persistent value stored in
Not all configuration changes are applied dynamically. For example, if you change a Managed Server's
ListenPort value, the new port will not be used until the next time you start the Managed Server. The updated value is stored in
config.xml, but the runtime value is not affected. When the runtime value for a configuration attribute is different than the value in
config.xml, the Administration Console displays an alert icon—a yellow triangular that contains an exclamation mark (!)—next to the attribute. This icon indicates that the server instance must be restarted for the configuration change to take effect.
Once the Administration Console has been started, if another process captures the listen port assigned to the Administration Server, you should stop the process that captured the port. If you are not able to remove the process that captured the list port, edit the
config.xml file to change the
This section is brief introduction to the application deployment process. For more information about deployment, see Deploying WebLogic Server Applications.
For instructions on how to perform common deployment tasks, see Deploy Applications.
These deployment tools are discussed in Deployment Tools Reference in Deploying WebLogic Server Applications.
Regardless of the deployment tool you use, when you initiate the deployment process you specify the components to be deployed, and the targets to which they will be deployed—your cluster, or individual server instances within the cluster or domain.
The Administration Server for the domain manages the deployment process, communicating with the Managed Servers in the cluster throughout the process. Each Managed Server downloads components to be deployed, and initiates local deployment tasks. The deployment state is maintained in the relevant MBeans for the component being deployed. For more information, see Deployment Management API.
Note: You must package components before you deploy them to WebLogic Server. For more information, see the packaging topics in Creating WebLogic Server Applications in Developing WebLogic Server Applications.
During the first phase of deployment, application components are distributed to the target server instances, and the planned deployment is validated to ensure that the application components can be successfully deployed. During this phase, user requests to the application being deployed are not allowed.
Failures encountered during the distribution and validation process will result in the deployment being aborted on all server instances—including those upon which the validation succeeded. Files that have been staged will not be removed; however, container-side changes performed during the preparation will be reverted.
If a failure occurs during this process, deployment to that server instance will be cancelled. Such a failure on one Managed Server does not prevent successful deployment on other clustered server instances.
If a cluster member fails to deploy an application, it will fail at startup in order to ensure cluster consistency—as any failure of a cluster-deployed application on a Managed Server causes the Managed Server to abort its startup.
Ideally, all Managed Servers in a cluster should be running and available during the deployment process. Deploying applications while some members of the cluster are unavailable is not recommended. Before deploying applications to a cluster, ensure, if possible, that all Managed Servers in the cluster are running and reachable by the Administration Server.
In WebLogic Server 8.1, if you deploy an application to a Managed Server that is partitioned at the time of deployment—running but not reachable by the Administration Server—problems accessing the Managed Server can occur when that Managed Server rejoins the cluster. During the synchronization period, while other clustered Managed Servers re-establish communications with the previously partitioned server instance, user requests to the deployed applications and attempts to create secondary sessions on that server instance will fail. The risk of this circumstance occurring can be reduced by setting
ClusterConstraintsEnabled , as described in Enforcing Cluster Constraints with Two-Phase Deployment in Deploying WebLogic Server Applications.
Cannot deploy to the following server(s) because they are
unreachable: "managed_server_n". Make sure that these servers are
currently shut down. Deployment will continue on the remaining
servers in the cluster "clustering". Once deployment has commenced,
do not attempt to start or shutdown any servers until the
application deployment completes.
When the unreachable Managed Server becomes available, deployment to that server instance will be initiated. Until the deployment process is completed, the Managed Server may experience failures related to missing or out-of-date classes.
You can ensure that deployment is only performed if all Managed Servers in the cluster are reachable by setting
ClusterConstraintsEnabled is set to "true", a deployment to a cluster succeeds only if all members of the cluster are reachable and all can deploy the specified files. See Enforcing Cluster Constraints with Two-Phase Deployment in Deploying WebLogic Server Applications.
It is possible to target a pinned service to multiple Managed Servers in a cluster. This practice is not recommended. The load-balancing capabilities and scalability of your cluster can be negatively affected by deploying a pinned service to multiple Managed Servers in a cluster. If you target a pined service to multiple Managed Servers, the following message is printed to the server logs:
clusternameas a target for
modulename. This module also includes server
belongs to this cluster as one of its other targets. Having multiple
individual servers a cluster as targets instead of having the entire
cluster as the target can result in non-optimal load balancing and
scalability. Hence this is not usually recommended.
The Domain Configuration Wizard is the recommended tool for creating a new domain or cluster. For a list of the tasks you can perform with the wizard, see Domain Configuration Wizard Capabilities later in this section.
The Administration Console is a graphical user interface (GUI) to the BEA Administration Service. It allows you to perform a variety of domain configuration and monitoring functions. For a list of the tasks you can perform with the console, see Administration Console Capabilities.
You can write a program to modify the configuration attributes, based on the configuration application programming interface (API) provided with WebLogic Server. This method is not recommended for initial cluster implementation.
The Domain Configuration Wizard uses pre-configured domain templates to ease the process of creating a domain and its server instances. Using the wizard, you can select a domain template, and then supply key information, such as machine addresses, names, and port numbers for the server instances you wish to created.
Note: The Domain Configuration Wizard can install the appropriate directory structure and scripts for a domain on a Managed Server that is running on a remote machine from the Administration Server. This is helpful if you need to use a Managed Server as a backup Administration Server for a domain.
For information on how to use the Domain Configuration Wizard, see Creating Domains, Administration Servers, and Managed Servers in Configuring and Managing WebLogic Server.