To store, organize, and retrieve data, most applications use relational databases. J2EE applications access relational databases through the JDBC API.
A JDBC resource (data source) provides applications with a means of connecting to a database. Typically, the administrator creates a JDBC resource for each database accessed by the applications deployed in a domain. (However, more than one JDBC resource can be created for a database.)
To create a JDBC resource, specify a unique JNDI name that identifies the resource. (See the section JNDI Names and Resources.) Expect to find the JNDI name of a JDBC resource in java:comp/env/jdbc subcontext. For example, the JNDI name for the resource of a payroll database could be java:comp/env/jdbc/payrolldb. Because all resource JNDI names are in the java:comp/env subcontext, when specifying the JNDI name of a JDBC resource in the Admin Console, enter only jdbc/name. For example, for a payroll database specify jdbc/payrolldb.