Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Administration Guide

The Deployment Life Cycle

After installing the Application Server and starting a domain, you can deploy (install) J2EE applications and modules. During deployment and as the application is changed, an application or module can go through the following stages:

  1. Initial Deployment

    Before deploying an application or module, start the domain.

    Deploy (install) an application or module. Because applications and modules are packaged in archive files, specify the archive file name during deployment.

    If you deploy to server instances or clusters, the application or module exists in the domain’s central repository and is referenced by any clusters or server instances you deployed to as targets.

    You can also deploy to the domain using the asadmin deploy command, not the Admin Console. If you deploy the application or module only to the domain, it exists in the domain’s central repository, but no server instances or clusters reference it until you add references, as explained in The Deployment Life Cycle.

    Deployment is dynamic: you don’t need to restart the server instance after deploying application or module for applications to be available. If you do restart, all deployed applications and modules are still deployed and available.

  2. Enabling or Disabling

    By default, a deployed application or module is enabled, which means that it is runnable and can be accessed by clients. To prevent access, disable the application or module. A disabled application or module is not uninstalled from the domain and can be easily enabled after deployment.

  3. Redeployment

    To replace a deployed application or module, redeploy it. Redeploying automatically undeploys the previously deployed application or module and replaces it with the new one.

  4. Undeployment

    To uninstall an application or module, undeploy it.