Creating WebLogic Domains Using the Configuration Wizard

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Introduction

This guide provides information about configuring WebLogic Server domains by using the Configuration Wizard.

Introduction to Domains

Note: This section provides a brief introduction to domains. You can skip this section if you are familiar with the primary features of a domain.

A domain is the basic administration unit of WebLogic Server. It consists of one or more WebLogic Server instances, and logically related resources and services that are managed, collectively, as one unit.

Figure 1-1 WebLogic Domain Structure

WebLogic Domain Structure

As shown in Figure 1-1, the basic domain infrastructure consists of one Administration Server and optional managed servers and clusters. These components are described in the following table.

Table 1-1 Domain Infrastructure Components 
Feature
Description
Administration Server
A domain includes one WebLogic Server instance that is configured as an administration server. The administration server provides a central point for managing the domain and providing access to the WebLogic Server administration tools. These tools include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • WebLogic Server Administration Console: Graphical user interface to the Administration Server
  • WebLogic Server Node Manager: A Java program that enables you to start and stop server instances—both Administration Servers and Managed Servers—remotely, and to monitor and automatically restart them after an unexpected failure.
For more information about the WebLogic Server administration tools, see Summary of System Administration Tools and APIs in Introduction to WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express.
Managed Servers
All other WebLogic Server instances in a domain are called managed servers. Managed servers host application components and resources, which are also deployed and managed as part of the domain. In a domain with only a single WebLogic Server instance, that single server works as both the administration server and managed server.
Clusters
A domain may also include WebLogic Server clusters, which are groups of server instances that work together to provide scalability and high availability for applications. Clusters can improve performance and provide failover, should a server instance become unavailable. The servers within a cluster can either run on the same machine or reside in different machines. To the client, a cluster appears as a single WebLogic Server instance.

Note: All managed servers in a domain must run the same version of WebLogic Server. The administration server can run either the same version as the managed servers in the domain, or a later service pack.

In addition to infrastructure components, a domain defines the basic network configuration for the server instances that it contains. Specifically, a domain defines application deployments, supported application services (such as database and messaging services), security options, and physical host machines.

Domain configuration information is stored in the configuration directories under the domain directory.

Common Domain Configurations

You might find it useful to configure multiple domains based on specific criteria, such as system administrator responsibilities, the logical classification of applications, the geographical locations of servers, or size. The following table outlines the most common domain configurations.

Table 1-2 Common Domain Configurations 
Configuration
Description
Domain with managed servers
In typical production environments, several managed servers can host applications, and an administration server performs management operations.
Domain with managed servers and clusters
In production environments that require increased performance, throughput, or availability for an application, several managed servers might be grouped in a cluster. In such a case, the domain consists of one or more clusters with the applications they host, additional managed servers, if necessary, and an administration server to perform management operations.
Stand-alone Server Domain
In development or test environments, a single application and server might be deployed independently without managed servers. In such a case, you can have a domain consisting of a single administration server that also hosts the applications you want to test or develop.

Note: In production environments, it is recommended that you deploy applications only on managed servers; the administration server should be reserved for management tasks.

For more information about WebLogic Server domains, see “Understanding WebLogic Server Domains” in Understanding Domain Configuration.

Overview of the Configuration Wizard

Before you can develop and run a WebLogic application, you must first create a domain. The Configuration Wizard (illustrated in Figure 1-2), simplifies the process of creating and extending a domain. To create or extend a domain by using the Configuration Wizard, you simply select the product components to be included in the domain (or choose a template that best meets your requirements), and provide basic configuration information. The Configuration Wizard then creates or extends the domain by using the settings from templates. For more information about templates, see About Domain and Extension Templates.

Figure 1-2 Configuration Wizard

Configuration Wizard

After you create a domain by using the Configuration Wizard, you can start a WebLogic Server instance to run in the domain for developing, testing, and deploying applications.

Note: The Domain Template Builder simplifies the process of creating templates by guiding you through the process of creating custom domain and extension templates. You can use these templates for creating and extending domains by using the Configuration Wizard or the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST).
Note: For information about the Domain Template Builder, see Creating Templates Using the Domain Template Builder.
Note: For more information about the WLST, see “Creating Domains Using WLST” in WebLogic Scripting Tool.

Modes of Operation

The Configuration Wizard can be used off-line only; that is, when there is no server running. It supports the following modes of operation:

Note: For a scripted, silent-mode method, you can use WLST. For more information, see WebLogic Scripting Tool.

Configuration Wizard Output

A domain created using the Configuration Wizard has the following directories:

If the template used to create a domain includes applications, the application files are located, by default, in user_projects/applications/domain_name.

For more information, see Domain Configuration Files.

About Domain and Extension Templates

In the context of the Configuration Wizard, the term template refers to a Java Archive (JAR) file, which contains the files and scripts required to create or extend a domain. The types of templates that can be used by the Configuration Wizard to create or extend domains include:

The product installation includes a set of predefined domain and extension templates. This set includes the base WebLogic Server domain template and various extension templates that allow you to add component features and samples to the base domain. For more information about these templates and how they relate to each other, see Domain Template Reference.

Creating a Domain

The Configuration Wizard guides you through the process of creating a domain for your target environment by selecting the product components that you want to include in your domain, or by using domain templates. If required, you can also customize the domain to suit your environment by adding and configuring managed servers, clusters, and machine definitions, or customizing predefined JDBC data sources, and JMS file store directories.

You might want to customize your domain in the following circumstances:

Figure 1-3 summarizes the steps for creating a domain by using the Configuration Wizard.

Figure 1-3 Creating a Domain

Creating a Domain

Extending a Domain

You can extend an existing domain by adding predefined applications and services, or additional product component functionality. For example, if you created a base WebLogic Server domain and want to add Workshop, you can extend the domain by using the Workshop extension.

To extend a domain by using the Configuration Wizard, select the domain that you want to extend and then select the additional product component. Alternatively, you can extend an existing domain by specifying an extension template to include additional applications and services. You can also customize the JDBC connections and change the JMS file store. The Configuration Wizard uses your input to update the configuration files, such as config.xml, and all other generated components in the domain directory, as required.

Figure 1-4 summarizes the steps for extending a domain by using the Configuration Wizard.

Figure 1-4 Extending a Domain

Extending a Domain

Additional Tools for Creating, Extending, and Managing Domains

As described earlier, you can create and extend domains by using the Configuration Wizard. In addition, you can use the tools listed in Table 1-3 to create, extend, and manage domains. You can also perform run-time configuration by using the consoles of the product components.

Table 1-3 Additional Tools for Creating, Extending, and Managing Domains
To do this...
Use the following tools...
Create a new domain or extend an existing domain
  • WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST)
  • WLST is a command-line scripting interface, which you can use to interact with and configure WebLogic Server instances and domains. When WLST is offline, it enables you to create a new domain or update an existing domain without connecting to a running WebLogic Server—supporting the same functionality as the Configuration Wizard.

    For more information, see WebLogic Scripting Tool.

  • unpack command
  • You can use this command to create a domain from the command line, by using a template that is compatible with your current installation. You cannot use unpack to extend an existing domain.

    For more information, see Creating Templates and Domains Using the Pack and Unpack Commands.

Add applications and services, or modify existing settings
Manage and monitor the health and status of the domain


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