Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Release Notes

Features and Enhancements in Update 2 Release

Web Server Update 2 is an update release to Web Server 7.0. In addition to the features and enhancements in Web Server 7.0 and Web Server 7.0 Update 1 releases, Web Server 7.0 Update 2 release brings the following value-additional features and enhancements to the product. New features and enhancements are described in the sections below.

PKCS11 Bypass Support

This Web Server update release introduces an option to instruct NSS to bypass the PKCS#11 layer during parts of the SSL/TLS processing. Bypassing the PKCS#11 layer improves performance. By default, the PKCS#11 layer is bypassed. At the time of server startup, the server queries each token holding a server key to verify that each token can support PKCS#11 bypass. If any of the tokens cannot support bypass, bypass is disabled. Therefore, no user action is required to take advantage of the performance benefits of the PKCS#11 bypass. The server automatically takes advantage of the bypass and automatically disables the bypass if the token cannot be used given the current configuration.

Web Server provides CLI and Admin Console support to enable or disable the bypass. For more information about how to enable or disable PKCS11 bypass using the Admin Console or the CLI, see To Enable and Bypass PKCS#11 Tokens in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Administrator’s Guide.

Service Management Facility (SMF) Support

This Web Server update release integrates with the Solaris 10 Service Management Facility for the Java platform (SMF). SMF is a new feature of the Solaris Operating System that creates a supported, unified model for services and service management on each Solaris system. It is a mechanism to define, deliver, and manage long-running application services for Solaris. A service is defined by a service manifest, an XML file which describes a service and any instances associated with that service.

For more information about SMF support in Web Server, see the Integrating Service Management Facility for the Java Platform with Web Server in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Administrator’s Guide.

Asynchronous Accelerator Cache Support

This release of Web Server supports processing of requests that can be served from the accelerator cache asynchronously thereby improves the performance of the server. Value added features are:

Enhanced Web Container

This Web Server update release introduces the ability to display the exception stack trace or JSP compiler errors in a browser. In the earlier releases of Web Server, when an exception occurs in the servlet container at the request time, a "Server Error" is displayed at the client without exposing internal application details. The exception is always logged in the error log with or without this feature enabled.

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Displaying exception stack trace or JSP compiler errors in a browser feature is not enabled by default. You can enable this feature through set-servlet-container-prop command or through the Display Exception checkbox in the Servlet Container tab of the Admin Console. This is useful for development purposes. It is strongly recommended not to enable this feature in production systems.

Improved Administration Experience

Administration experience is improved in this release of Web Server by introducing the following key features:

Roll Back Deployed Configuration Support

Web Server supports rolling back of deployed configuration. Web Server administration now enables administrators to take backups automatically on every deployed configuration. Using the administration CLI, it is possible to list backups and restore a specified backup.

Support To Set Administration Server Password

This release of Web Server enables you to reset the administration server's user password. However, this functionality works only locally on the administration server's node.

Support for Managing CA Certificates

Administration Console enables you to install, delete, filter CA certificates, Cert chain, and the CRLs. Additionally, the server also warns the users about the certificates that are about to expire.

Registration with Sun Connection

You can use the Admin Console or the Update Center to register the Web Server with Sun Connection. By registering the Web Server with Sun Connection you receive benefits such as:

  • Patch information and bug updates

  • News and events

  • Support and training offerings

For information about the administration features, see the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 Administrator’s Guide.

Red Hat 4.0 64-bit Support

Support for a 64-bit standalone version of Web Server is provided in this release. Web Server 7.0 64-bit Linux is a separate standalone only distribution and does not coexist with Web Server 7.0 32-bit Linux. Web Server 7.0 64-bit Linux requires 64-bit Java Development Kit 5.0 Update 12 or above. Both Administration Server and server instance are only 64-bit server. Migration from previous releases is not supported on Web Server 7.0 64-bit for Linux.

NetBeans 6.5 IDE Support

This update release of Web Server provides support to connect to the NetBeans 6.5 IDE and allows users to develop, debug, and deploy applications to the web server. The NetBeans plug-in can be downloaded from the update center using the NetBeans 6.5 IDE.

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In addition to the support for NetBeans 6.5 IDE, Web Server provides support for NetBeans 6.1, 6.0, and 5.5.1versions of the IDE.