The following topics are addressed here:
Installation files for Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 are available from the GlassFish Server Downloads page.
Table 1-1 lists the various Oracle GlassFish Server installation methods. The table also provides links to installation instructions for each method.
Note - Before performing any GlassFish Server installation, ensure that your environment adheres to the JDK guidelines in Paths and Environment Settings for the JDK Software in Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1-3.1.1 Release Notes.
Table 1-1 GlassFish Server 3.1 Installation Methods
Each of the installation methods listed in Table 1-1 also let you choose between installing the Full Platform or the Web Profile. These two distributions are explained in the next section.
There are two general sets of questions you should consider when deciding which GlassFish Server 3.1 installation method to use.
The relative features and strengths of the GlassFish Server ZIP packages and self-extracting bundles are listed below.
Is simpler to install, but provides no configuration options during the installation
Any additional configurations must be performed manually, after installation
Includes Update Tool and pkg utility installer stubs, which can be used to install those utilities after GlassFish Server installation
If uninstallation is desired, product must be uninstalled manually
Product downloads are roughly 25%-30% larger than the analogous self-extracting bundles
Provides a GUI-based installation wizard with many configuration options
The installation wizard can be used again after the initial installation to perform additional configuration tasks
Can be used to perform Silent Mode installation, which is useful for performing consistent script-based installations on multiple server machines
Provides the option to install the full Update Tool and pkg utility at installation time
If uninstallation is required, a GUI-based uninstaller is provided
Each of the installation methods listed in Table 1-1 also let you choose to install either the GlassFish Server Full Platform or Web Profile distribution. Table 1-2 lists the features available in each of these two distributions. Note that some of these features are value-adds, and are not required by the Java 6 EE specification.
Table 1-2 GlassFish Server Full Profile and Web Profile Features
* The Full Java EE Platform contains the complete CORBA package. The OMG CORBA v3.0 APIs are available in the Java EE Web Profile.
** Transaction propagation not supported.
Note - Regardless of whether you choose the Full Platform or Web Profile distribution, you can add or removed packages after installation by using the Update Tool or pkg utility. See Chapter 11, Extending and Updating GlassFish Server, in Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 Administration Guide for more information.
The Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 multi-platform ZIP files are compatible with Solaris, Linux, Mac OS, UNIX, and Windows operating systems. See GlassFish Server Download Locations for a list of download locations.
Table 1-3 lists the available ZIP file downloads.
Note - In all cases, the *-ml.zip bundles in the table are multilingual versions of the product.
Table 1-3 GlassFish Server Downloadable ZIP Files
The Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 self-extracting bundles are platform-specific, and are available for Solaris, Linux, Mac OS, UNIX, and Windows operating systems. See GlassFish Server Download Locations for a list of download locations.
Table 1-4 lists the available self-extracting bundles.
Note - In all cases, the *-ml.* bundles in the table are multilingual versions of the product.
Table 1-4 GlassFish Server Self-extracting Bundles
The HTTP Load Balancer Plug-in for Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1 provides high availability load balancing features for GlassFish Server.
The Plug-in is shipped as a ZIP bundle that you install after installing and configuring GlassFish Server and your desired Web server. The Plug-in is installed by means of a graphical Load Balancer Configurator that helps you configure your Web server and GlassFish Server to work together.
Note - The Load Balancer Plug-in is only available to customers who are using Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1. The Plug-in is not available for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition.
See Chapter 7, Configuring Web Servers for HTTP Load Balancing, in Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1-3.1.1 High Availability Administration Guide for instructions on installing the HTTP Load Balancer Plug-in and performing the configuration steps required to make the Plug-in work with your Web server.