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Sun ONE Application Server 7 J2EE CA Service Provider Implementation Administrator's Guide

About This Guide

The SunTM ONE Application Server 7 Java 2 Enterprise Edition Connector Architecture (J2EE CA) Service Provider Implementation (SPI) is what allows a J2EE connector to plug in to the application server. The documentation explains how to build, install, configure, and manage the SPI.

This preface contains information about the following topics:

Product Line Overview

Sun ONE Application Server 7 is a J2EE 1.3 specification-compatible application server which also supports emerging Java Web Services standards as well as standard HTTP server programming facilities. Three editions of the application server are offered to suit a variety of needs for both production and development environments:

Platform Edition

Platform Edition forms the core of the Sun ONE Application Server 7 product line. This free-for-production-use product offers a high-performance, small-footprint J2EE 1.3 specification-compatible runtime environment that is ideally suited for basic operational deployments, as well as for embedding in third-party applications. Web-services ready, the Platform Edition includes built-in technologies proven by the Sun ONE Web Server and Sun ONE Messge Queue products.

Platform Edition deployments are limited to single application server instances (i.e. single virtual machines for the Java platform (“Java virtual machine” or “JVM™”)). Multi-tier deployment topologies are supported by the Platform edition, but the web server tier proxy does not perform load balancing. In Platform Edition, administrative utilities are limited to local clients only.

Platform Edition is integrated into Solaris 9.

Standard Edition

This is the edition that is the focus of this Getting Started Guide. The Standard Edition layers enhanced, remote-management capabilities on top of the Platform Edition. Enhanced management capabilities, remote command-line, and web-based administration are all included as part of the Standard Edition. This edition also includes the ability to partition web application traffic through a web server tier proxy. Standard Edition supports configuration of multiple application server instances (JVMs) per machine.

Enterprise Edition

Enterprise Edition enhances the core application server platform with greater high availability, load balancing and clustering capabilities suited for the most demanding J2EE-based application deployments. The management capabilities of the Standard Edition are extended in Enterprise Edition to account for multi-instance and multi-machine deployments.

Clustering support includes easy-to-configure groups of cloned application server instances to which client requests can be load balanced. Both external load balancers and load balancing web tier-based proxies are supported by this edition. HTTP session, stateful session bean instance and Java Message Service (JMS) resource failover are included in the Enterprise Edition. The patented “Always On” highly available database technology forms the basis for the HA persistence store in the Enterprise Edition.

For more product information, see the Sun ONE Application Server page on the Sun Microsystems web site.

Using the Documentation

The Sun ONE Application Server manuals are available as online files in Portable Document Format (PDF) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) formats, at:

The following table lists tasks and concepts described in the Sun ONE Application Server manuals. The left column lists the tasks and concepts, and the right column lists the corresponding manuals.

Table 1  Sun ONE Application Server Documentation Roadmap 

For information about

See the following

Late-breaking information about the software and the documentation

Release Notes

Supported platforms and environments

Platform Summary

Introduction to the application server, including new features, evaluation installation information, and architectural overview.

Getting Started Guide

Installing Sun ONE Application Server and its various components (sample applications, Administration interface, Sun ONE Message Queue).

Installation Guide

Creating and implementing J2EE applications that follow the open Java standards model on the Sun ONE Application Server 7. Includes general information about application design, developer tools, security, assembly, deployment, debugging, and creating lifecycle modules.

Developer’s Guide

Creating and implementing J2EE applications that follow the open Java standards model for web applications on the Sun ONE Application Server 7. Discusses web application programming concepts and tasks, and provides sample code, implementation tips, and reference material.

Developer’s Guide to Web Applications

Creating and implementing J2EE applications that follow the open Java standards model for enterprise beans on the Sun ONE Application Server 7. Discusses EJB programming concepts and tasks, and provides sample code, implementation tips, and reference material.

Developer’s Guide to Enterprise JavaBeans Technology

Creating Web Services, RMI-IIOP, or other clients that access J2EE applications on the Sun ONE Application Server 7

Developer’s Guide to Clients

J2EE features such as JDBC, JNDI, JTS, JMS, JavaMail, resources, and connectors

Developer’s Guide to J2EE Features and Services

Creating custom NSAPI plugins

Developer’s Guide to NSAPI

Performing the following administration tasks:

  • Using the Administration interface and the command line interface
  • Configuring server preferences
  • Using administrative domains
  • Using server instances
  • Monitoring and logging server activity
  • Configuring the web server plugin
  • Configuring the Java Messaging Service
  • Using J2EE features
  • Configuring support for CORBA-based clients
  • Configuring database connectivity
  • Configuring transaction management
  • Configuring the web container
  • Deploying applications
  • Managing virtual servers

Administrator’s Guide

Editing server configuration files

Administrator’s Configuration File Reference

Configuring and administering security for the Sun ONE Application Server 7 operational environment. Includes information on general security, certificates, and SSL/TLS encryption. HTTP server-based security is also addressed.

Administrator’s Guide to Security

Configuring and administering service provider implementation for J2EE CA connectors for the Sun ONE Application Server 7. Includes information about the Administration Tool, DTDs and provides sample XML files.

J2EE CA Service Provider Implementation Administrator’s Guide

Migrating your applications to the new Sun ONE Application Server 7 programming model from the Netscape Application Server version 2.1, including a sample migration of an Online Bank application provided with Sun ONE Application Server

Migration Guide

Using Sun ONE Message Queue.

The Sun ONE Message Queue documentation at:

Documentation Conventions

This section describes the types of conventions used throughout this guide:

General Conventions

The following general conventions are used in this guide:

Conventions Referring to Directories

By default, when using the Solaris 8 and 9 package-based installation and the Solaris 9 bundled installation, the application server files are spread across several root directories. These directories are described in this section.

Product Support

If you have problems with your system, contact customer support using one of the following mechanisms:

Please have the following information available prior to contacting support. This helps to ensure that our support staff can best assist you in resolving problems:

How This Guide Is Organized

The Sun ONE Application Server J2EE CA SPI Administrator’s Guide provides the information you need to understand, set up, and administer all aspects of the Sun ONE Application Server J2EE CA SPI software.

This guide contains the following documentation components:

Finally a Glossary and Index are provided.


Throughout this manual, all Unix-specific descriptions apply to the Linux operating system as well, except where Linux is specifically mentioned.

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