This topic provides instructions for the following basic tasks: starting the Domain Administration Server (DAS), logging into the Admin Console, examining the log files, and starting the node agent. The steps are presented in the order that you should complete them.
To start the Domain Administration Server, start the default domain, domain1.
Add the as-install/bin/ directory to the PATH environment variable.
Start the server by entering this command:
asadmin start-domain domain1
When you are prompted for the user, admin password, and the master password, enter your user name and the passwords that you provided during installation.
When the start up process is complete, the following message appears:
Domain domain1 started
On the Ubuntu Linux operating system, if you do not have root access, you can use the asadmin convenience wrapper script located in /usr/bin to create a domain in your home directory. Running asadmin start-domain from the convenience script creates and starts the domain. For more information on the convenience script, type asadmin man at the command prompt. If you have root access, you can also create and start domains using the asadmin commands create-domain and start-domain from the as-install/bin directory. These domains are created by default in domain-root-dir.
Each domain has a corresponding profile: enterprise, cluster, or developer. domain1 is created with the default profile, which is defined in the AS_ADMIN_PROFILE variable defined in the asadminenv.conf file. For more information on the three profiles see the Usage Profiles in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Administration Guide. If domain1 was created with developer profile, when you log in to the Admin Console, you cannot use features such as clustering and node agents. To use clusters and server instances, use the create-domain command to create a domain with cluster profile.
For information on creating domains, type asadmin create-domain --help or see create-domain(1) in the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Reference Manual.
To start the Domain Administration Server, start the default domain, domain 1.
From the Explorer window or desktop, right click My Computer.
Choose Properties to display the System Properties dialog.
Click the Advanced tab.
Click Environment Variables.
In the User variables section:
If a PATH variable exists, verify that as-install\bin exists in the path: as-install\bin;other_entries. If as-install\bin does not exist in the PATH variable, add it.
If a PATH variable is not present, click New. In Variable Name, type PATH. In Variable Value, type the path to the server’s bin directory: as-install\bin. Click OK to commit the change.
Add a new environment variable AS_ADMIN_USER and set it to the Administrative User Name that you assigned during installation.
Click OK to commit the change and close the remaining open windows.
Start the Application Server by clicking the Start Admin Server option within the Programs menu.
When a command prompt window opens to prompt you for the admin password and the master password, enter the passwords that you provided during installation.
A window appears with a message telling that you the server is starting:
Starting Domain domain1, please wait. Log redirected to domain_dir\domain1\logs\server.log...
When the startup process has completed, you see an additional message:
Domain domain1 started.Press any key to continue ...
Each domain has a corresponding profile: enterprise, cluster, or developer. domain1 is created with the default profile, which is defined in the AS_ADMIN_PROFILE variable defined in the asadminenv.conf file. For more information on profiles see the Usage Profiles in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Administration Guide. If domain1 was created with developer profile, when you log in to the Admin Console, you cannot use features such as clustering and node agents. To use clusters and server instances, use the create-domain command to create a domain with cluster profile. For information on creating domains, type asadmin create-domain --help or see create-domain(1) in the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Reference Manual.
Press a key to close the message window.
The Admin Console is a browser interface that simplifies a variety of administration and configuration tasks. It is commonly used to:
Deploy and undeploy applications
Enable, disable, and manage applications
Configure resources and other server settings
Select and view log files
For further information about using the Admin Console, consult the online help or the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Administration Guide.
Type this URL in your browser:
If the browser is on a different system than the server, replace the localhost variable with the name of the system that the Domain Admin Server is running on.
4848 is the Admin Console’s default port number. If you changed the port number during the installation or if you have created a domain with another port number, use that number instead.
If a popup window appears with a message such as Website Certified by an Unknown Authority, click OK.
This message appears because your browser does not recognize the self-signed certificate that the Domain Administration Server uses to service the Admin Console over the secure transmission protocol.
When the Log in window appears, enter the admin user name and password.
In the left pane, select what you want to manage from the tree provided. In the right pane, various administrative tasks are listed under the Common Tasks heading.
Application Server instances and the Domain Administration Server produce annotated logs on the file system. By default, all errors, warnings or useful informative messages are logged.
From the Common Tasks list in the right pane, click Search Log Files to launch a new browser window for Log Viewer.
In the Log Viewer window, select “server” from the Instance Name drop-down list and click Search.
The Domain Administration Server’s recent log file entries are displayed.
Scan the messages and look for any WARNING or SEVERE messages indicating that problems were encountered during server startup.
You can close Log Viewer at any time. After you create clusters and deploy applications, examine log files if any of the operations failed. Use Log Viewer to view the log files of any running Application Server instance in the domain.
A node agent is a lightweight process running on each machine that participates in an Application Server administrative domain. The node agent is responsible for starting and stopping server instances on the host. It also communicates with the Domain Administration Server to create new Application Server instances.
You can use node agents only on domains with the cluster or enterprise profile. If you are running only a developer domain, you need to create a domain with cluster profile before you can create and use node agents. For information on creating domains, type asadmin create-domain --help or see create-domain(1) in the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Reference Manual
One node agent is needed on a machine for each Application Server administrative domain that the machine belongs to. If you are using Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 (Enterprise bundle), choose the Node Agent Component during installation and a default node agent called hostname is created. If you have installed Glassfish, the node agent is not automatically created. To create a node agent, follow the instructions in To Create a Node Agent in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 High Availability Administration Guide.
In a terminal window, type this command:
asadmin start-node-agent nodeagentname
Replace the variable nodeagentname with the name of the node agent you created. If you want to use the default node agent, which is created by Sun Java System Application Server 9.1, replace the nodeagentname with the name of the host on which Application Server is running. If your default domain on port 4848 (domain1) is not running on cluster or enterprise profile, use the --port option to specify the port of the cluster or enterprise domain.
When you are prompted, provide the master password.
The node agent starts and connects with the Domain Administration Server.
Ensure that the Domain Administration Server is running before you start the node agent. Check the server.log file of a cluster instance to identify problems related to starting node agents or cluster instances.
If you have problems while starting a node agent or a cluster on Windows, see the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Release Notes for possible solutions to the problem.
After the node agent has been started once, you can view it in the Admin Console.
In this section you started the Domain Administration Server and confirmed that it is running. You also logged in to the Admin Console and used the Log Viewer. You started the node agent. You can stop the Quick Start trail here if you do not wish to continue, or you can go on to the next section.
You can use the Admin Console add cluster support to a developer domain.
Log on to the Admin Console. For instructions, see To Log On to the Admin Console.
From the left pane, click Application Server.
Click the Add Cluster Support button in the General tab.
The Add Cluster Support page appears. Review the information on this page and click OK.
In the Restart Required Page, click the Stop Instance button to stop the domain.
Log in to the machine where the domain is installed and run the following command: as-install/bin/asadmin list-domains. Verify that the domain was stopped.
Run the following command: as-install/bin/asadmin start-domain <domain-name>
The restarted domain supports clustering.
If the restarted domain does not show clustering capabilities, stop the domain, reboot the machine on which the domain is installed, and restart the domain as shown in step 7.
The Application Server includes a bundled Java DB server. To start it, use the following procedure:
Make sure that you are logged in as the user that installed the database.
Run asadmin start-database.
For more information on the start-database command, see the command's help or the start-database(1) information in Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 Reference Manual.