To use JDBC features, you must choose a JDBC driver to work with the Application Server, then you must set up the driver. This section covers these topics:
Supported JDBC drivers are those that have been fully tested by Sun. For a list of the JDBC drivers currently supported by the Application Server, see the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.1 2005Q2 Update 2 Release Notes. For configurations of supported and other drivers, see Configurations for Specific JDBC Drivers.
Because the drivers and databases supported by the Application Server are constantly being updated, and because database vendors continue to upgrade their products, always check with Sun technical support for the latest database support information.
To integrate the JDBC driver into a Application Server domain, copy the JAR files into the domain-dir/lib/ext directory, then restart the server. This makes classes accessible to any application or module across the domain. For more information about Application Server classloaders, see Classloaders.