Sun Java System Application Server Enterprise Edition 8.1 2005Q2 High Availability Administration Guide


The High Availability Administration Guide describes the high-availability features of Sun JavaTM SystemApplication Server, including how to:

Who Should Use This Book

This guide is intended for system administrators in production environments. It assumes you are familiar with:

Before You Read This Book

Application Server can be purchased by itself or as a component of Sun JavaTM Enterprise System (Java ES), a software infrastructure that supports enterprise applications distributed across a network or Internet environment. If you purchased Application Server as a component of Java ES, you should be familiar with the system documentation at

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1, Application Server High Availability Features provides an overview of Application Server's high availability features.

Chapter 2, Installing and Setting Up High Availability Database describes how to install and set up High Availability Database.

Chapter 3, Administering High Availability Database explains how to administer High Availability Database.

Chapter 4, Configuring Load Balancing and Failover describes how to install, configure, and use the HTTP Load Balancer Plug-in.

Chapter 5, Using Application Server Clusters explains Application Server clusters and how to configure and administer them.

Chapter 6, Managing Named Configurations explains how to use named configurations to share Application Server configuration attributes.

Chapter 7, Configuring Node Agents describes node agents and how to administer them.

Chapter 8, Configuring High Availability Session Persistence and Failover explains how to set up high-availability session persistence.

Chapter 9, Java Message Service Load Balancing and Failover describes Java Message Service Load Balancing and Failover.

Chapter 10, RMI-IIOP Load Balancing and Failover describes RMI-IIOP Load Balancing and Failover.

Application Server Documentation Set

The Application Server documentation set describes deployment planning and system installation. The stand-alone Application Server documentation is at For an introduction to Application Server, refer to the books in the order in which they are listed in the following table.

Table P–1 Books in the Application Server Documentation Set

Book Title 


Release Notes

Late-breaking information about the software and the documentation. Includes a comprehensive, table-based summary of the supported hardware, operating system, JDK, and JDBC/RDBMS. 

Quick Start Guide

How to get started with the Application Server product. 

Installation Guide

Installing the software and its components. 

Deployment Planning Guide

Evaluating your system needs and enterprise to ensure that you deploy the Application Server in a manner that best suits your site. General issues and concerns that you must be aware of when deploying the server are also discussed. 

Developer’s Guide

Creating and implementing Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM platform) applications intended to run on the Application Server that follow the open Java standards model for J2EE components and APIs. Includes general information about developer tools, security, assembly, deployment, debugging, and creating lifecycle modules.

J2EE 1.4 Tutorial

Using J2EE 1.4 platform technologies and APIs to develop J2EE applications. 

Administration Guide

Configuring, managing, and deploying Application Server subsystems and components from the Administration Console. 

High Availability Administration Guide

Post-installation configuration and administration instructions for the high-availability database. 

Administration Reference

Editing the Application Server configuration file, domain.xml.

Upgrade and Migration Guide

Migrating your applications to the new Application Server programming model, specifically from Application Server 6.x and 7. This guide also describes differences between adjacent product releases and configuration options that can result in incompatibility with the product specifications. 

Performance Tuning Guide

Tuning the Application Server to improve performance. 

Troubleshooting Guide

Solving Application Server problems. 

Error Message Reference

Solving Application Server error messages. 

Reference Manual

Utility commands available with the Application Server; written in man page style. Includes the asadmin command line interface.

Related Books

For other Sun Java System server documentation, see:

Documentation of Java ES and its components is at

Default Paths and File Names

The following table describes the default paths and file names that are used in this book.

Table P–2 Default Paths and File Names



Default Value 


Represents the base installation directory for Application Server. 

Sun Java Enterprise System installations on the SolarisTM platform:


Sun Java Enterprise System installations on the Linux platform: 


Other Solaris and Linux installations, non-root user: 

user’s home directory/SUNWappserver

Other Solaris and Linux installations, root user: 


Windows, all installations: 



Represents the directory containing all domains. 

Sun Java Enterprise System installations on the Solaris platform: 


Sun Java Enterprise System installations on the Linux platform: 


All other installations: 



Represents the directory for a domain. 

In configuration files, you might see domain-dir represented as follows:




Represents the directory for a server instance. 


Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–3 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



A placeholder to be replaced with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized (note that some emphasized items appear bold online) 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Symbol Conventions

The following table explains symbols that might be used in this book.

Table P–4 Symbol Conventions





[ ]

Contains optional arguments and command options. 

ls [-l]

The -l option is not required.

{ | }

Contains a set of choices for a required command option. 

-d {y|n}

The -d option requires that you use either the y argument or the n argument.

${ }

Indicates a variable reference. 


References the value of the com.sun.javaRoot variable.

Joins simultaneous multiple keystrokes. 


Press the Control key while you press the A key. 

Joins consecutive multiple keystrokes. 


Press the Control key, release it, and then press the subsequent keys. 


Indicates menu item selection in a graphical user interface. 

File -> New -> Templates 

From the File menu, choose New. From the New submenu, choose Templates. 

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