The Administration Server is a specially configured Web Server instance on which the administration applications are deployed. An administration instance runs on each node in the server farm. Of these nodes, one node is configured to be the Administration Server and the rest are configured to be Administration Nodes.
The web-based Administration Server is redesigned to make common tasks easier to access and complex tasks easier to accomplish.
The Administration Server includes the following new features:
Web-based wizards for performing most common tasks
Comprehensive command-line interface (CLI) support for server configuration and server administration tasks
Centralized configuration store
Support for deploying Web Server configuration information on multiple machines. This feature extends to support Web Server in a server farms and clusters.
Built-in management and monitoring of server clusters
For more information on using the administration interface to perform administrative tasks, see the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 1 Administrator’s Guide.