To use JDBC features, you must choose a JDBC driver to work with the GlassFish Server, then you must set up the driver. This section covers these topics:
Supported JDBC drivers are those that have been fully tested by Oracle. For a list of the JDBC drivers currently supported by the GlassFish Server, see the Oracle GlassFish Server 3.0.1 Release Notes. For configurations of supported and other drivers, see Configuration Specifics for JDBC Drivers in Oracle GlassFish Server 3.0.1 Administration Guide.
Because the drivers and databases supported by the GlassFish Server are constantly being updated, and because database vendors continue to upgrade their products, always check with Oracle technical support for the latest database support information.
To integrate the JDBC driver into a GlassFish Server domain, copy the JAR files into the domain-dir/lib directory, then restart the server. This makes classes accessible to all applications or modules deployed on servers that share the same configuration. For more information about GlassFish Server class loaders, see Chapter 2, Class Loaders.
If you are using an Oracle database with EclipseLink extensions, copy the JAR files into the domain-dir/lib/ext directory, then restart the server. For details, see Oracle Database Enhancements.
The Administration Console detects installed JDBC Drivers automatically when you create a JDBC connection pool. To create a JDBC connection pool using the Administration Console, open the Resources component, open the JDBC component, select Connection Pools, and click on the New button. This displays the New JDBC Connection Pool page.
Based on the Resource Type and Database Vendor you select on the New JDBC Connection Pool page, data source or driver implementation class names are listed in the Datasource Classname or Driver Classname field when you click on the Next button. When you choose a specific implementation class name on the next page, additional properties relevant to the installed JDBC driver are displayed in the Additional Properties section.