1 Introduction and Roadmap

Administration Console extensions enable you to add content to the WebLogic Server Administration Console, replace content, and change the logos, styles and colors without modifying the files that are installed with WebLogic Server. For example, you can add content that provides custom monitoring and management facilities for your applications.

The Administration Console is a Java EE Web application that uses the WebLogic Portal framework, Apache Beehive, Apache Struts, Java Server Pages (JSP), and other standard technologies to render its user interface (UI) and content. It also uses the WebLogic Portal framework to enable extensions.


The Monitoring Dashboard is implemented differently than the rest of the Administration Console, and you do not extend it in the same ways. Rather, you can create new views and charts, as described in "Using the Monitoring Dashboard" in Configuring and Using the Diagnostics Framework for Oracle WebLogic Server. However, some changes made to the styles of the Administration Console, as described in Chapter 5, "Rebranding the Administration Console," also apply to the Monitoring Dashboard.

The following sections describe the contents and organization of this guide—Oracle Fusion Middleware Extending the Administration Console for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Document Scope and Audience

This document is a resource for software vendors who embed or rebrand WebLogic Server in their products, software vendors who develop security providers or other resources that extend the functionality of WebLogic Server, and Java EE application developers who want to provide custom monitoring and configuration features for their applications.

It is assumed that the reader is already familiar with using Java, JavaServer Pages, and Apache Struts or Apache Beehive to develop Java EE Web applications. This document emphasizes a hands-on approach to developing a limited but useful Administration Console extension. For information on applying Administration Console extensions to a broader set of management problems, refer to documents listed in Related Documentation.

Guide to this Document

Related Documentation

Because the Administration Console uses the WebLogic Portal framework to render its user interface, the process of extending the Administration Console is similar to creating or editing an existing WebLogic Portal application. For information on the WebLogic Portal framework, see:

For information on JavaServer Pages, see JavaServer Pages Technology at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javaee/jsp/index.html.

For information on Apache Struts, see The Apache Struts Web Application Framework at http://struts.apache.org/.

For information on Apache Beehive, see http://beehive.apache.org/.

New and Changed Features in This Release

For a comprehensive listing of the new WebLogic Server features introduced in this release, see What’s New in Oracle WebLogic Server.