Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Administrator's Guide

Chapter 4 Deployment Scenarios

This chapter describes how to deploy Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 on a single node and a cluster environment. The following topics are discussed in this chapter:

Deployment Architecture

This section describes the single node deployment architecture.

The following figure represents Web Server in a single node deployment set up.

Web Server in a Single Node Deployment
set up.

In the figure, Web Server deployment set up comprises of the following components:

Deployment Overview

You can consider deploying Web Server on a the single node for the following purposes:

The following flowchart provides the schematic representation of how to deploy Web Server on a node:

Figure 4–1 Flowchart representing the deployment of web server on a single node

Flowchart illustrating the steps
to deploy web server on a node.

The deployment process is described in the following sections:

Pre-Deployment Requirements

To deploy the Web Server on a single node, prepare the system by performing the following tasks:

  1. Install Web Server on a node.

    If you choose Express Installation option while installing Web Server, the following default entities are created:

    • An Administration Server.

    • A default configuration with one HTTP listener and a virtual server are created. The name of the configuration and the virtual server are same as the host name.

    • An instance of the default configuration.

    For information on installing the Web Server, see the Chapter 2, Installing the Web Server, in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Installation and Migration Guide.

    For information on the supported platforms and the system requirements, see Supported Platforms in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Release Notes.

  2. Start the Administration Server.

    The Administration Server starts running on a specified SSL port.

Deploying Web Server

Use the following procedure to deploy Web Server on a node:

  1. You can either use the default configuration or create a new configuration..

    If you are creating a new configuration, specify a unique name for the configuration. The new configuration creates a virtual server and a default HTTP listener.

    Note –

    If you are using the Administration Console to create a configuration, the wizard prompts you to create a new instance. If you are using the CLI, you must explicitly create an instance of the configuration using the create-instance command.

    All the configurations are stored in the config-store directory located under <install_dir>/admin-server/ directory.

    Caution – Caution –

    Do not edit any file under the config-store directory. The files under this directory are created by Sun Java System Web Server for internal use.

  2. Deploy the modified configuration.

Cluster Environment

A cluster is a group of multiple server instances, spanning across more than one node, all running identical configuration. All instances in a cluster work together to provide high availability, reliability, and scalability.

With load balancing, a cluster offers uninterrupted service and session data persistence by providing failover and session replication.

Hardware and Software Requirements

The use case described in this section, the Web Server cluster consists of the following entities:

1) Four instances (running on four identical nodes) 

2) An Administration Server 

3) A reverse proxy for load balancing HTTP requests 

To set up a cluster, you need two or more identical nodes with the same operating system version and patches installed. For example, if you select a machine with Solaris® 9 SPARC® operating system, other machines in the cluster must also have Solaris 9 SPARC installed.

For information on supported platforms and patch requirements, see the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Release Notes.

The following figure describes a clustered environment.

Figure 4–2 Cluster Set Up

Figure representing the cluster set

In the figure, nodes are configured in the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ). The Administration Server is configured behind a firewall, the Militarized Zone, to restrict and protect the Administration Server against general access. Another node is configured as the Reverse Proxy Server. A reverse proxy server resides inside the DMZ to enhance security.

Note –

The Solaris zone feature is supported only on Solaris 10 operating system.

Setting Up a Cluster

This section describes the procedure to set up the cluster and enable reverse proxy to support load-balancing of HTTP requests.

The following flowchart illustrates the procedure to set up a cluster.

Figure 4–3 Flowchart illustrating the cluster set up

Flowchart illustrating the steps
to set up a cluster.

  1. On one of the nodes, install Web Server that acts as the Administration Server in a cluster.

  2. On other three nodes, install Web Server. Select the option of installing Web Server as an Administration Node. During the installation, choose the option of registering the node with the server.

  3. Make sure the Administration Server is using SSL port for communication, as an Administration Node can be registered with the server only in secure mode.

  4. Make sure the system date and time on all the nodes where the Administration Server and the Administration Nodes are installed are the same. The certificate associated with the server is created based on the system date and time of the node where the Administration Server is installed. If the system date of the Administration Node is earlier than the Administration Server, the registration fails as the certificate of the Administration Server will not yet be valid. As a corollary, the certificate may be deemed valid if it is has expired.

  5. Start the Administration Server from the install_dir/admin-server/bin/ directory.


  6. Start the wadm command-line tool from the Administration Node. The wadm command-line tool is located in the install_dir/bin directory.


  7. Register each Administration Node with the Administration Server. Use the register-node command to register each node with the server.

    For Example:

    ./wadm register-node -user=admin --port=8989


    is the host name of the Administration Server to which you are registering the Node.


    is the SSL Port number of the Administration Server.

  8. You will be prompted to enter the administration password. Enter the administration password of the Administration Server.

    The Administration Server authenticates each other by the Administration Server trusting the Administration Node's server certificate and the Administration Node trusting the client certificate presented by the Administration Server. During registration of an Administration Node, the Administration Server generates a server certificate for that Administration Node, which is then downloaded and installed on the Administration Node. The issuer of the server certificate is also installed on the Administration Node.

    Note –

    The registration can be done only over SSL.

    For information about registering nodes, see the Registering the Administration Node From the Command-Line in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Installation and Migration Guide.

  9. Start all the Administration Nodes using the startserv command from the install_dir/admin-server/bin/ directory.

  10. Using the Admin Console or the CLI, create a new configuration in the Administration Server.

    Provide configuration information such as configuration name, HTTP Listener port, and the server name for the new configuration.

  11. Create instances of the configuration on all the nodes.

  12. Start the instances on all the nodes.

    Note –

    Web Server provides the flexibility to expand or reduce your cluster. You can add or remove instances to the cluster at any point of time.

Configuring Reverse Proxy for Load-balancing

Web Server 7.0 provides a sophisticated built-in load balancer, the reverse proxy. A reverse proxy is a gateway for Web Servers in a server farm. By configuring reverse proxy, the requests are forwarded to multiple similarly configured web servers

Use the following procedure to enable reverse proxy in Web Server 7.0:

  1. Install Web Server on the node that you want to use for configuring reverse proxy.

  2. Create a configuration. For example, rp.

  3. Using the Administration Console, select Configurations > Virtual Servers > Content Handling > Reverse Proxy tab. Click the New button.

  4. Enter the reverse proxy URI and the server URLs of all the machines in the cluster separated by comma.

    The format for entering the server URL is hostname:portnumber.

  5. Save the changes.

  6. Deploy the modified configuration to apply the changes to the configuration.

  7. Start all the instance of this modified configuration.

This completes configuring reverse proxy for load balancing HTTP requests.

Session Replication

Session replication is a mechanism used to replicate the data stored in a session across different instances. However, the replicated instance must be part of the same cluster. When session replication is enabled in a cluster environment, the entire session data is copied on a replicated instance. However, the session replication operation does not copy the non-serializable attributes in a session and any instance specific data.

Session replication along with load balancing provides good failover capabilities for web applications.

Session Replication and Failover Operation

This section describes the session replication operation in detail.

At the end of a web request, the Web Server determines whether the session data needs to be copied through the session replication configuration that is stored in the server configuration file, the server.xml.

Consider a use case of four instances forming a cluster and the session replication is enabled on the Administration Server.

The session replication process in a Web Server cluster of four instances (A, B, C, and D) running on four nodes is as follows:

The failover process in a Web Server clustered environment as follows:

Web Server 7.0 does not support the following features in session replication:

Enabling Session Replication

You can enable session replication in a cluster either using the Admin Console or the CLI. Before you enable session replication, make sure that your browser is cookie enabled.

The server.xml file contains the information related to session replication. A sample server.xml file with session replication enabled is given below:


If you are not using the default values for the following elements, the entry for these elements will not be available in the server.xml configuration file:

Port number (default is 1099)

Protocol (default is jrmp)

Encrypted (default is false)

Getattribute Triggers Replication (default is true)

Replica Discovery MaxHops (default is –1)

Startup Discovery Timeout (default is ?)

Cookie Name (default is CLUSTERSESSIONLOCATOR)

For more information about these session replication properties, see the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Administrator’s Configuration File Reference.

Configuring a Web Application for Session Replication

To enable the server to replicate the session, the web application must also be enabled for session replication.

  1. To enable session replication for a web application, modify the sun-web.xml configuration file located in the <web-application>/WEB-INF directory.

    The modification needed in the sunweb.xml is as follows:

    Change the element <session-manager/> to <session-manager persistence-type="replicated">

    The sample sun-web.xml file with session replication enabled is given below:

         <session-manager persistence-type="replicated">
  2. After modifying the sunweb.xml file, either rebuild the web application or re-jar the application to create a web application archive (a war file).

  3. Restart all the instances to make the web application available on all the instances.

  4. The web application is accessible from all the nodes in the cluster. To access the web application, in a browser, type the following:


    Note –

    A directory that is accessible to all nodes is the best way to store the applications for deployment. This directory, however, need not be accessible to the Administration Server. It is recommended to make directory-based deployments of web applications that are more than One MB in size.

    For creating search collections, ensure that the search collection resides in a common directory that is accessible to all the nodes.

Monitoring a Cluster

The Administration Server can monitor all the instances in a cluster. The monitoring feature in Web Server provides information on the state of runtime components and processes that can be used to:


Solaris Zones

Solaris Zones are an application and resource management feature of Solaris 10. A zone environment typically consists of resources such as process management, memory, network configuration, file systems, package registries, user accounts, shared libraries, and in some cases, installed applications. Zones provide a means of creating virtualized operating system environments within an instance of Solaris, allowing one or more processes to run in isolation from other activity on the system. It also provides an abstraction layer that separates applications from physical attributes of the machine on which they are deployed, such as physical device paths and network interface names, and network routing tables. This isolation prevents processes running within a given zone from monitoring or affecting processes running in other zones, regardless of user ID and other credential information.

A zone is a sandbox within which one or more applications can run without affecting or interacting with the rest of the system.

For detailed information about Solaris Zones, see the System Administration Guide — Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Solaris Zones at