Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1 Release Notes

Chapter 1 Overview

Sun GlassFishTM Enterprise Server product is a JavaTM Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 platform-compatible server for the development and deployment of Java EE applications and Java Web Services. Production use of this server is free of charge. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server is free for development, deployment, and redistribution. If you are a customer who is interested in redistribution, contact Sun OEM sales for a redistribution license.

The Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server is an easy, fast, and industry-leading application server based on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) technology for developing and delivering web applications and web services. It provides superior performance, clustering, and high availability features for scalable, carrier-grade services that continue to operate despite software and hardware faults.

About These Notes

These Release Notes contain important information available at the time of release of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server. Enhancements, known problems, and other late-breaking issues are addressed here. Read this document before you begin using Enterprise Server.

The most up-to-date version of these release notes can be found at the Enterprise Server documentation web site. Check the web site prior to installing and setting up your software and then periodically thereafter to view the most up-to-date release notes and product documentation.

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Release Notes Revision History

This section lists the changes that have been made in these release notes after the initial release of the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server product.

Table 1–1 Release Notes Revision History

Revision Date 


January 2009 

FCS release of the Enterprise Server product. 

February 2009 

Added the following known issues: 6739013, 6207337, 6739013, and 6741572 

May 2009 

Added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 as being supported platforms for HADB. 

Added bug 6831429 to known issues for upgrade. 

Added a link to description of enterprise profile in Features Not Supported on the Linux Operating System for SUSE Linux. 

July 2009 

Added bug 6808339 to known issues for documentation. 

Added statement about support for service packs. 

October 2009 

Added bug 6879701 to known issues for administration. 

November 2009 

Added bug 6881540 to Known issues for documentation. 

January 2010 

Added text to clarify support for 32–bit and 64–bit platforms. 

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Related Documentation

Table 1–2 Books in the Enterprise Server Documentation Set

Book Title 


Documentation Center

Enterprise Server documentation topics organized by task and subject. 

Release Notes

Late-breaking information about the software and the documentation. Includes a comprehensive, table-based summary of the supported hardware, operating system, Java Development Kit (JDKTM), and database drivers.

Quick Start Guide

How to get started with the Enterprise Server product. 

Installation Guide

Installing the software and its components. 

Application Deployment Guide

Deployment of applications and application components to the Enterprise Server. Includes information about deployment descriptors. 

Developer’s Guide

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

Deployment Planning guide

Deployment planning and setup. 

Upgrade guide

Upgrading from an older version of the product to Enterprise Server 2.1. 

Java EE 5 Tutorial

Using Java EE 5 platform technologies and APIs to develop Java EE applications. 

Java WSIT Tutorial

Developing web applications using the Web Service Interoperability Technologies (WSIT). Describes how, when, and why to use the WSIT technologies and the features and options that each technology supports. 

Administration Guide

System administration for the Enterprise Server, including configuration, monitoring, security, resource management, and web services management. 

High Availability Administration Guide

Setting up clusters, working with node agents, and using load balancers. 

Administration Reference

Editing the Enterprise Server configuration file, domain.xml.

Performance Tuning Guide

Tuning the Enterprise Server to improve performance. 

Reference Manual

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

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