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8.1 Supported Configurations: Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 on IBM zSeries/S390

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Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 on IBM zSeries/S390 with WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1

Provides full support for WebLogic Server. WebLogic Workshop, WebLogic Integration, and WebLogic Portal are not supported. See below for Design and Development Tools support.


This section provides the following information:

Related Information


Configuration Requirements

Table 1-1 Requirements for WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1 on Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 on IBM zSeries/S390 

Operating System Version and Patches

Novell SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server (SLES) 8 for IBM zSeries/S390 31-bit with
Kernel 2.4.19 or later, with SLES 8 SP2

Chip Architecture and Minimum Processor Speed

IBM S/390 G5 or later models


IBM JDK 1.4.1 SR1 JavaTM 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.4.1) Classic VM (build 1.4.1, J2RE 1.4.1 IBM build cx3901411-20030930 (JIT enabled: jitc))

Design and Development Tools

Supports WebLogic Server development tools.


512 MB required; 1 GB recommended

Performance Pack



Node Manager



BEA jDrivers for Oracle




Known Issues

For more information about known issues with any components of this release, see the appropriate Release Notes document. For a complete list of Release Notes supporting WebLogic Platform 8.1, see:


Download and Installation Instructions

This section provides instructions for the following tasks:

Downloading and Installing the IBM Developer Kit for 31-bit zSeries (S/390)

Before you can install and run WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1 on your SuSE Linux ES 8 configuration, you must obtain an IBM Developer Kit for 31-bit zSeries (S/390) from IBM. To download this kit, complete the following procedure:

  1. Go to the following IBM download registration site:

  3. Select "IBM SDK for 31-bit zSeries (S/390)...1.4.1 SR1."
  4. Register and accept the license agreement.
  5. The IBM Developer Kit for Linux, Java 2 Technology Edition for 31-bit zSeries (S/390) download page is displayed.

  6. Follow the instructions displayed to download and install the SDK.
  7. Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the directory in which IBM SDK 1.4.1 SR1 is installed, and export JAVA_HOME. For example:
  8. export JAVA_HOME=/opt/IBMJava2-s390-141
  9. Make sure that your PATH variable includes $JAVA_HOME/bin. For example:
  10. export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin;$PATH:.

Downloading the WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1 Installer

  1. Go to the BEA download site:

  3. Find your WebLogic Server release and Service Pack on the download page.
  4. Select SuSE Linux for IBM zSeries/S390.
  5. Download the WebLogic Server installer: pj_server811_generic.jar.
  6. Download the supplemental JAR file called

Installing WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1

  1. Install WebLogic Server 8.1 SP1 by completing the console-mode installation procedure for .jar files available in Installing WebLogic Platform at
  2. $ java -jar pj_server811_generic.jar -mode=console

  3. Copy the file to $WL_HOME/server/lib.
  4. Change to the directory $WL_HOME/server/lib
  5. $ cd $WL_HOME/server/lib
  6. Extract the zLinux811_supplemental.jar file and zLinux811_libraries.jar from the to $WL_HOME/server/lib.
  7. $ jar -xvf
  8. Remove old plug-in objects from the $WL_HOME/server/lib/linux/s390 library:
  9. $ rm linux/s390/*
  10. Extract the zLinux811_libraries.jar file to $WL_HOME/server/lib:
  11. $ jar -xvf zLinux811_libraries.jar
  12. Open the $WL_HOME/common/bin/ script in a text editor, and prepend the zLinux811_supplemental.jar to the classpath by doing the following:
    1. Find the following text:

      ${WL_HOME}/server/lib/weblogic_sp.jar${CLASSPATHSEP} \
      ${WL_HOME}/server/lib/weblogic.jar${CLASSPATHSEP} \
    2. Replace it with:

      WEBLOGIC_CLASSPATH="${JAVA_HOME}/lib/tools.jar \
      ${WL_HOME}/server/lib/zLinux811_supplemental.jar ${CLASSPATHSEP} \
      ${WL_HOME}/server/lib/weblogic_sp.jar${CLASSPATHSEP} \
      ${WL_HOME}/server/lib/weblogic.jar${CLASSPATHSEP} \


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