The Enterprise Server Administration Console is a browser-based utility that features a graphical interface that includes extensive online help for the administrative tasks. The format for starting the Administration Console in a web browser is http://hostname:port. For example:
Step-by-step instructions for using the Administration Console for deployment are provided in the Administration Console online help. You can display the help material for a page by clicking the Help button. The initial help page describes the functions and fields of the page itself. To find instructions for performing associated tasks, click a link in the See Also list.
The Enterprise Server asadmin utility is a command-line tool that invokes subcommands for identifying the operation or task that you want to perform. You can run asadmin commands either from a command prompt or from a script. The format for starting the asadmin utility on the command line is as-install/bin/asadmin subcommand --option. For example:
asadmin list-applications --type web
Application deployment commands are listed in Appendix A, The asadmin Deployment Subcommands. All Enterprise Server asadmin commands are documented in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Reference Manual.
For the most part, you can perform the same administrative tasks by using either the graphical Administration Console or the asadmin command-line utility, however, there are exceptions. Procedures for using the command-line utilities are provided in this guide and in the command-line help pages, which are similar to man pages. You can display the help material for a command by typing help followed by the subcommand. For example:
asadmin help list-applications
For additional information on the asadmin utility, see Using the asadmin Utility in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Administration Guide and the asadmin(1M) help page.
The Enterprise Server Ant tasks can help you assemble and deploy modules and applications. For instructions, see Chapter 3, Using Ant with Enterprise Server, in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Application Development Guide.
Enterprise Server is compatible with Apache Ant versions 1.6.5 or greater. If you have not installed Ant, you can download it from the Update Tool. The Apache Ant Build Tool add-on component supplies Ant version 1.7.1. For information about Update Tool, see Update Tool in Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Administration Guide.
You can use the NetBeansTM Integrated Development Environment (IDE), or another IDE, to assemble Java EE applications and modules. The NetBeans IDE is included in the tools bundle of the Java EE Software Development Kit (SDK). To download, see http://java.sun.com/javaee/downloads/index.jsp. For additional information, see http://www.netbeans.org.
In addition to the bundled NetBeans IDE, a plug-in for the Eclipse IDE extends GlassFish to the Eclipse community. To download, see http://glassfishplugins.dev.java.net/.