4 Next Steps After Configuring a WebLogic Server Domain

This chapter describes common tasks you might want to perform on a newly created WebLogic Server domain.

The following sections are included:

4.1 Performing Basic Administrative Tasks

Table 4-1 lists some common administration tasks you will likely want to perform on your newly created domain.

Table 4-1 Basic Administration Tasks for a New Domain

Task Description More Information

Getting familiar with Fusion Middleware administration tools

Get familiar with the various tools available which you can use to manage your environment.

"Overview of Oracle Fusion Middleware Administration Tools" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Starting and stopping products and servers

Learn how to start and stop Oracle Fusion Middleware, including the Administration Server, Managed Servers, and components.

"Starting and Stopping Oracle Fusion Middleware" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Configuring Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Learn how to set up secure communications among between Oracle Fusion Middleware components using SSL.

"Configuring SSL in Oracle Fusion Middleware" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Monitoring Oracle Fusion Middleware

Learn how to keep track of the status of Oracle Fusion Middleware components.

"Monitoring Oracle Fusion Middleware" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Understanding backup and recovery procedures

Learn the recommended backup and recovery procedures for Oracle Fusion Middleware.

"Introducing Backup and Recovery" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

4.2 Performing Additional Domain Configuration Tasks

Table 4-2 lists some additional tasks you will likely want to perform on your newly created domain.

Table 4-2 Additional Domain Configuration Tasks

Task Description More Information

Deploying applications

Learn how to deploy your applications to Oracle Fusion Middleware.

"Deploying Applications" in Administering Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Adding a Web Tier front-end to your WebLogic domain

Oracle Web Tier hosts Web pages (static and dynamic), provides security and high performance along with built-in clustering, load balancing, and failover features. In particular, the Web Tier contains Oracle HTTP Server.

Follow the instructions to install and configure a standalone Oracle HTTP Server in Installing and Configuring Oracle HTTP Server.

Also refer to "Installing Multiple Products in the Same Domain" in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware for important information.

Tuning and configuring Coherence for your topology.

The standard installation topology includes a Coherence cluster that contains storage-enabled Managed Coherence Servers. This configuration is a good starting point for using Coherence, but depending upon your specific requirements, consider tuning and reconfiguring Coherence to improve performance in a production environment.

For information about Coherence clusters, see "Configuring and Managing Coherence Clusters" in Administering Clusters for Oracle WebLogic Server.

For information about tuning Coherence, see Administering Oracle Coherence.

For information about storing HTTP session data in Coherence, see "Using Coherence*Web with WebLogic Server" in Administering HTTP Session Management with Oracle Coherence*Web.

For more information about creating and deploying Coherence applications, see Developing Oracle Coherence Applications for Oracle WebLogic Server.

4.3 Preparing Your Environment For High Availability

Table 4-3 provides a list of tasks to perform if you want to scale out your standard installation environment for high availability.

Table 4-3 Tasks Required to Prepare Your Environment for High Availability

Task Description More Information

Configuring Node Manager

Node Manager enables you to start, shut down, and restart the Administration Server and Managed Server instances from a remote location, making this an essential utility for any high availability environment.

Administering Node Manager for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Scaling out to multiple host computers

To enable high availability, it is important to provide failover capabilities to another host computer. That way, if one computer goes down, your environment can continue to serve the consumers of your deployed applications.

"Scaling Out a Topology (Machine Scaleout)" in the High Availability Guide.

Configuring high availability for your Web Tier components

If you have added a Web tier front-end, then you must configure the Web Tier for high availability, as well as the WebLogic Server software.

"Configuring High Availability for Web Tier Components" in High Availability Guide.

Setting up a front-end load balancer

A load balancer can be used to distribute requests across servers more evenly.

"Server Load Balancing in a High Availability Environment" and "Configure Load Balancer" in High Availability Guide.