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Sun Java(TM) System Administration Server 5 2004Q2 Administration Guide 


The Administration Server Administration Guide provides background information that system architects and administrators need to successfully manage Sun Java System servers in their enterprise. Read about Sun Java System server basics in this book before you begin installing and configuring Sun Java System servers.

This preface contains the following sections:

Before performing any of the tasks described in this guide, read the Administration Server Release Notes.

Who Should Read This Guide

This guide is intended for system architects and administrators.

The author of this guide assumes you are familiar with the following:

How This Guide Is Organized

This guide is divided into the following chapters:

Using the Documentation

The Administration Server manuals are available as online files in Portable Document Format (PDF) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) formats. Both formats are readable by assistive technologies for users with disabilities. The Sun™ documentation web site can be accessed here:

The Administration Server documentation set can be accessed here:

Table 1 briefly describes each document in the set. The left column provides the name and Web location of each document. The right column describes the general contents of the document.

Table 1  Administration Server Documentation 



Administration Server Release Notes

Contains the latest information about Administration Server, including known problems.

Administration Server Administration Guide

Gives the procedures for using the console and command-line to manage and configure every feature of Administration Server.


Table 2 describes the typeface conventions used in this guide.

Table 2  Typeface Conventions 






API and language elements, HTML tags, web site URLs, command names, file names, directory path names, on-screen computer output, sample code.

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

% You have mail.


(Monospace bold)

What you type, as contrasted with on-screen computer output.

% su




Book titles.

New words or terms.

Words to be emphasized.

Command-line variables to be replaced by real names or values.

Read Chapter 6 in the Developer’s Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be superuser to do this.

The file is located in the ServerRoot directory.

Table 3 describes placeholder conventions used in this guide.

Table 3  Placeholder Conventions 





Placeholder for the directory prefix under which software binaries reside after installation.

The default install-dir prefix on Solaris systems is /.


Placeholder for the directory where server instances and data reside.

You can manage each server under a ServerRoot remotely through your client-side Server Console. The Server Console uses the server-side Administration Server to perform tasks that must execute directly on the server-side system.

The default ServerRoot directory is /var/opt/mps/serverroot.


Placeholder for the directory where a specific server instance resides under the ServerRoot and its associated data resides by default.

The default serverID is the host name.

Table 4 describes the symbol conventions used in this book.

Table 4  Symbol Conventions 





[ ]

Contain optional command options.


�O4, �O

{ }


Contain a set of choices for a required command option.

Separates command option choices.




Joins simultaneous keystrokes in keyboard shortcuts that are used in a graphical user interface.




Joins consecutive keystrokes in keyboard shortcuts that are used in a graphical user interface.




Indicates menu selection in a graphical user interface.


File > New

File > New > Templates

Table 5 describes the shell prompt conventions used in this book.

Table 5  Shell Prompts



C shell


C shell superuser


Bourne shell and Korn shell


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser


Input and output of Administration Server commands are usually expressed using the LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) [RFC 2849] . Lines are wrapped for readability.

Resources and Tools on the Web

The following location contains information about Java Enterprise System and its component products such as Administration Server:

Third-party URLs are included in this document to provide additional, related information.


Sun is not responsible for the availability of third-party Web sites mentioned in this document. Sun does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that are available on or through such sites or resources. Sun will not be responsible or liable for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services that are available on or through such sites or resources.

How to Report Problems

If you have problems with Administration Server, contact Sun customer support using one of the following mechanisms:

So that we can best assist you in resolving problems, please have the following information available when you contact support:

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Please provide the full document title and part number in the appropriate fields. The part number is a seven-digit or nine-digit number that can be found on the title page of the book or at the top of the document. For example, the part number of this Administration Guide is 817-5215-10.

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