2 Configuring WebLogic JDBC Resources

This chapter describes WebLogic JDBC resources, how they are configured, and how those resources apply to a WebLogic domain.

Understanding JDBC Resources in WebLogic Server

In WebLogic Server, you can configure database connectivity by configuring JDBC data sources and multi data sources and then targeting or deploying the JDBC resources to servers or clusters in your WebLogic domain.

Each data source that you configure contains a pool of database connections that are created when the data source instance is created—when it is deployed or targeted, or at server startup. Applications lookup a data source on the JNDI tree or in the local application context (java:comp/env), depending on how you configure and deploy the object, and then request a database connection. When finished with the connection, the application calls connection.close(), which returns the connection to the connection pool in the data source. For more information about data sources in WebLogic Server, see Chapter 3, "Configuring JDBC Data Sources" and

A multi data source is an abstraction around a selected list of data sources that provides load balancing or failover processing between the data sources associated with the multi data source. Multi data sources are bound to the JNDI tree or local application context just like data sources are bound to the JNDI tree. Applications lookup a multi data source on the JNDI tree or in the local application context (java:comp/env) just like they do for data sources, and then request a database connection. The multi data source determines which data source to use to satisfy the request depending on the algorithm selected in the multi data source configuration: load balancing or failover. For more information about multi data sources, see Chapter 5, "Configuring JDBC Multi Data Sources."

Ownership of Configured JDBC Resources

A key to understanding WebLogic JDBC data source configuration and management is that who creates a JDBC resource or how a JDBC resource is created determines how a resource is deployed and modified. Both WebLogic Administrators and programmers can create JDBC resources:

  • WebLogic Administrators typically use the Administration Console or the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) to create and deploy (target) JDBC modules. These JDBC modules are considered system modules. See JDBC System Modules for more details.

  • Programmers create modules in a development tool that supports creating an XML descriptor file, then package the JDBC modules with an application and pass the application to a WebLogic Administrator to deploy. These JDBC modules are considered application modules. See JDBC Application Modules for more details.

Table 2-1 lists the JDBC module types and how they can be configured and modified.

Table 2-1 JDBC Module Types and Configuration and Management Options

Module Type Created with Add/Remove Modules with Administration Console Modify with JMX (remotely) Modify with JSR-88 (non-remotely) Modify with Administration Console


Administration Console or WLST




Yes—via JMX


Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse (OEPE), Oracle JDeveloper, another IDE, or an XML editor



Yes—via a deployment plan

Yes—via a deployment plan

Data Source Configuration Files

WebLogic JDBC data source configurations are stored in XML documents that conform to the jdbc-data-source.xsd schema (available at http://xmlns.oracle.com/weblogic/jdbc-data-source/1.2/jdbc-data-source.xsd).

You create and manage JDBC resources either as system modules or as application modules. JDBC application modules are a WebLogic-specific extension of Java EE modules and can be configured either within a Java EE application or as stand-alone modules.

Regardless of whether you are using JDBC system modules or JDBC application modules, each JDBC data source or multi data source is represented by an XML file (a module).

JDBC System Modules

When you create a JDBC resource (data source or multi data source) using the Administration Console or using the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST), WebLogic Server creates a JDBC module in the config/jdbc subdirectory of the domain directory, and adds a reference to the module in the domain's config.xml file. The JDBC module conforms to the jdbc-data-source.xsd schema (available at http://xmlns.oracle.com/weblogic/jdbc-data-source/1.2/jdbc-data-source.xsd).

JDBC resources that you configure this way are considered system modules. System modules are owned by an Administrator, who can delete, modify, or add similar resources at any time. System modules are globally available for targeting to servers and clusters configured in the domain, and therefore are available to all applications deployed on the same targets and to client applications. System modules are also accessible through JMX as JDBCSystemResourceMBeans.

Data source system modules are included in the domain's config.xml file as a JDBCSystemResource element, which includes the name of the JDBC module file and the list of target servers and clusters on which the module is deployed. Figure 2-1 shows an example of a data source listing in a config.xml file and the module that it maps to.

Figure 2-1 Reference from config.xml to a Data Source System Module

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In this illustration, the config.xml file lists the examples-demo data source as a jdbc-system-resource element, which maps to the examples-demo-jdbc.xml module in the domain\config\jdbc folder.

Similarly, multi data source system modules are included in the domain's config.xml file as a jdbc-system-resource element. The multi data source module includes a data-source-list parameter that maps to the data source modules used by the multi data source. The individual data source modules are also included in the config.xml. Figure 2-2 shows the relationship between elements in the config.xml file and the system modules in the config/jdbc directory.

Figure 2-2 Reference from config.xml to Multi Data Source and Data Source System Modules

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In this illustration, the config.xml file lists three JDBC modules—one multi data source and the two data sources used by the multi data source, which are also listed within the multi data source module. Your application can look up any of these modules on the JNDI tree and request a database connection. If you look up the multi data source, the multi data source determines which of the other data sources to use to supply the database connection, depending on the data sources in the data-source-list parameter, the order in which the data sources are listed, and the algorithm specified in the algorithm-type parameter. For more information about multi data sources, see Chapter 5, "Configuring JDBC Multi Data Sources."

JDBC Application Modules

JDBC resources can also be managed as application modules, similar to standard Java EE modules. A JDBC application module is simply an XML file that conforms to the jdbc-data-source.xsd schema (available at http://xmlns.oracle.com/weblogic/jdbc-data-source/1.2/jdbc-data-source.xsd) and represents a data source or a multi data source.

JDBC modules can be included as part of an Enterprise Application as a packaged module. Packaged modules are bundled with an EAR or exploded EAR directory, and are referenced in all appropriate deployment descriptors, such as the weblogic-application.xml and ejb-jar.xml deployment descriptors. The JDBC module is deployed along with the enterprise application, and can be configured to be available only to the enclosing application or to all applications. Using packaged modules ensures that an application always has access to required resources and simplifies the process of moving the application into new environments. With packaged JDBC modules, you can migrate your application and the required JDBC configuration from environment to environment, such as from a testing environment to a production environment, without opening an EAR file and without extensive manual data source reconfiguration.

In contrast to system resource modules, JDBC modules that are packaged with an application are owned by the developer who created and packaged the module, rather than the Administrator who deploys the module. This means that the Administrator has more limited control over packaged modules. When deploying a resource module, an Administrator can change resource properties that were specified in the module, but the Administrator cannot add or delete modules. (As with other Java EE modules, deployment configuration changes for a resource module are stored in a deployment plan for the module, leaving the original module untouched.)

By definition, packaged JDBC modules are included in an enterprise application, and therefore are deployed when you deploy the enterprise application. For more information about deploying applications with packaged JDBC modules, see Deploying Applications to Oracle WebLogic Server.

A JDBC application module can also be deployed as a stand-alone resource using the weblogic.Deployer utility or the Administration Console, in which case the resource is typically available to the server or cluster targeted during the deployment process. JDBC resources deployed in this manner are called stand-alone modules and can be reconfigured using the Administration Console or a JSR-88 compliant tool, but are unavailable through JMX or WLST.

Stand-alone JDBC modules promote sharing and portability of JDBC resources. You can create a data source configuration and distribute it to other developers. Stand-alone JDBC modules can also be used to move data source configuration between domains, such as between the development domain and the staging domain.


When deploying JDBC modules as standalone modules, a multi data source needs to have a deployment order that is greater than the deployment orders of its member data sources.

For more information about JDBC application modules, see Appendix A, "Configuring JDBC Application Modules for Deployment."

For information about deploying stand-alone JDBC modules, see "Deploying JDBC, JMS, WLDF Application Modules" in Deploying Applications to Oracle WebLogic Server."

Including Drivers in EAR/WAR Files

In WebLogic Server 10.3.6 and higher releases, you can include a database driver in the APP-INF/lib directory of the EAR/WAR file that contains an application--scoped data source. This allows you to deploy a self-contained EAR/WAR file that has both the data source and driver required for an application.


You do not need to update the Classpath of the manifest file to include the driver location.

An EAR has its own classloader and it is shared across all of the nested applications so any of them can use it. You can deploy multiple EAR/WAR files, each with a different driver version. However, if there are other versions of the driver in the system classpath, set PREFER-WEB-INF-CLASSES=true in the web.xml file to ensure the application uses the driver classes that it was packaged with.

JDBC Module File Naming Requirements

All WebLogic JDBC module files must end with the -jdbc.xml suffix, such as examples-demo-jdbc.xml. WebLogic Server checks the file name when you deploy the module. If the file does not end in -jdbc.xml, the deployment will fail and the server will not boot.

JDBC Modules in Versioned Applications

When you use production redeployment (versioning) to deploy a version of an application that includes a packaged JDBC module, WebLogic Server identifies the data source defined in the JDBC module with a name in the following format:


This name is used for data source run-time MBeans and for registering the data source instance with the WebLogic Server transaction manager.

If transactions in a retiring version of an application time out and the version of the application is then undeployed, you may have to manually resolve any pending or incomplete transactions on the data source in the retired version of the application. After a data source is undeployed (in this case, with the retired version of the application), the WebLogic Server transaction manager cannot recover pending or incomplete transactions.

For more information about production redeployment, see:

JDBC Schema

In support of the modular deployment model for JDBC resources in WebLogic Server, Oracle provides a schema for WebLogic JDBC objects: weblogic-jdbc.xsd. When you create JDBC resource modules (descriptors), the modules must conform to the schema. IDEs and other tools can validate JDBC resource modules based on the schema.

The schema is available at http://xmlns.oracle.com/weblogic/jdbc-data-source/1.2/jdbc-data-source.xsd.


The scope in the jdbc-data-source-params element of the schema may only be set to Application for application-scoped packaged data sources. The value Application is not valid for:

  • System resources in config/jdbc, including generic, multi-data sources, and GridLink data sources.

  • Stand-alone data sources that are deployed dynamically or statically using the <app-deployment> element in the config.xml file.

For these data source types, there is no application to scope the data source and no associated module. WebLogic Server does not generate a scope of Application. This omission was not flagged as an error in releases of prior to WebLogic Server and is displayed in the console with an invalid name similar to ds0@null@ds0. For WebLogic Server and higher, an Error message is logged for this configuration error and the system attempts to set the scope to Global and display the data source name as ds0. In future releases, this error may be treated as fatal.

JMX and WLST Access for JDBC Resources

When you create JDBC resources using the Administration Console or WLST, WebLogic Server creates MBeans (Managed Beans) for each of the resources. You can then access these MBeans using JMX or the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST). See Developing Custom Management Utilities With JMX for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle WebLogic Scripting Tool for more information.

JDBC MBeans for System Resources

Figure 2-3 shows the hierarchy of the MBeans for JDBC objects in a WebLogic domain.

Figure 2-3 JDBC Bean Tree

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The JDBCSystemResourceMBean is a container for the JavaBeans created from a data source module. However, all JMX access for a JDBC data source is through the JDBCSystemResourceMBean. You cannot directly access the individual JavaBeans created from the data source module.

JDBC Management Objects in the Java EE Management Model (JSR-77 Support)

The WebLogic Server JDBC subsystem supports JSR-77, which defines the Java EE Management Model. The Java EE Management Model is used for monitoring the run-time state of a Java EE Web application server and its resources. You can access the Java EE Management Model to monitor resources, including the WebLogic JDBC subsystem as a whole, JDBC drivers loaded into memory, and JDBC data sources.

To comply with the specification, Oracle added the following run-time MBean types for the WebLogic JDBC subsystem:

  • JDBCServiceRuntimeMBean—Which represents the JDBC subsystem and provides methods to access the list of JDBCDriverRuntimeMBeans and JDBCDataSourceRuntimeMBeans currently available in the system.

  • JDBCDriverRuntimeMBean—Which represents a JDBC driver that the server loaded into memory.

  • JDBCDataSourceRuntimeMBeans—Which represents a JDBC data source deployed on a server or cluster.


    WebLogic JDBC run-time MBeans do not implement the optional Statistics Provider interfaces specified by JSR-77.

For more information about using the Java EE management model with WebLogic Server, see Monitoring and Managing With the Java EE Management APIs for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Using WLST to Create JDBC System Resources

Basic tasks you need to perform when creating JDBC resources with the WLST are:

  • Start an edit session.

  • Create a JDBC system module that includes JDBC system resources, such as pools, data sources, multi data sources, and JDBC drivers.

  • Target your JDBC system module.

Example 2-1 WLST Script to Create JDBC Resources

# Create JDBC Resources

import sys
from java.lang import System

print "@@@ Starting the script ..."
global props

url = sys.argv[1]
usr = sys.argv[2]
password = sys.argv[3]

connect(usr,password, url)

   if servermb is None:
      print '@@@ No server MBean found'
   def addJDBC(prefix):

   print("*** Creating JDBC resources with property prefix " + prefix)

# Create the Connection Pool.  The system resource will have
# generated name of <PoolName>+"-jdbc"

   myResourceName = props.getProperty(prefix+"PoolName")
   print("Here is the Resource Name: " + myResourceName)

   jdbcSystemResource = wl.create(myResourceName,"JDBCSystemResource")
   myFile = jdbcSystemResource.getDescriptorFileName()
   print ("HERE IS THE JDBC FILE NAME: " + myFile)

   jdbcResource = jdbcSystemResource.getJDBCResource()

# Create the DataSource Params
   dpBean = jdbcResource.getJDBCDataSourceParams()

# Create the Driver Params
   drBean = jdbcResource.getJDBCDriverParams()

   propBean = drBean.getProperties()
   driverProps = Properties()

   e = driverProps.propertyNames()
   while e.hasMoreElements() :
      propName = e.nextElement()
      myBean = propBean.createProperty(propName)

# Create the ConnectionPool Params
   ppBean = jdbcResource.getJDBCConnectionPoolParams()

   if not props.getProperty(prefix+"ShrinkPeriodMinutes") == None:
   if not props.getProperty(prefix+"TestTableName") == None:

   if not props.getProperty(prefix+"LoginDelaySeconds") == None:

# Adding KeepXaConnTillTxComplete to help with in-doubt transactions.
   xaParams = jdbcResource.getJDBCXAParams()

# Add Target

How to Modify and Monitor JDBC Resources

You can modify or monitor JDBC objects and attributes by using the appropriate method available from the MBean.

  • You can modify JDBC objects and attributes using the set, target, untarget, and delete methods.

  • You can monitor JDBC run-time objects using get methods.

For more information, see "Navigating MBeans (WLST Online)" in Oracle WebLogic Scripting Tool.

Best Practices when Using WLST to Configure JDBC Resources

This section provides best practices information when using WLST to configure JDBC resources:

  • Trap for Null MBean objects (such as pools, data sources, drivers) before trying to manipulate the MBean object.

  • When using WLST offline, the following characters are not valid in names of management objects: period (.), forward slash (/), or backward slash (\). See "Syntax for WLST Commands" in Oracle WebLogic Scripting Tool.

Creating High-Availability JDBC Resources

You can target or deploy a JDBC resource (a generic data source, multi data source, or GridLink data source) to the members of a cluster using the Administration Console to improve the availability your JDBC resource and load balance communication between resources. However, connections do not fail over in the event that a cluster member becomes unavailable for any reason. New connections are created as needed on available cluster members. See Deploying Data Sources on Servers and Clusters.


A multi data source can only use generic data sources that are deployed on the same cluster member (in the same JVM).