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IBM(R) WebSphere(R): Deployment and Advanced Configuration [Hardcover]

Roland Barcia , Bill Hines , Tom Alcott , Keys Botzum
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September 5, 2004 0131468626 978-0131468627
IBM WebSphere is IBM's flagship application server and competes directlywith BEA WebLogic. This book is a great companion volume to Brown etal's'Enterprise Java Programming with IBM WebSphere, 2e'. Brown's bookcovers the programming model while this book covers the deployment andadministrative model.

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The expert guide to deploying and managing any WebSphere Application Server V5.x application and environment

If you're a WebSphere Application Server administrator or developer, this

is your advanced guide for delivering applications rapidly, running them smoothly, and administering them efficiently. Four leading IBM consultants draw on their years of experience to illuminate the key steps involved in taking WebSphere Application Server applications from development to production. They focus on the areas most crucial to success, including application assembly and build, application and infrastructure configuration and administration, and application testing and verification. Along the way, they show how to implement automated deployment processes that can be executed frequently, reliably, and quickly—so you can get your applications to market fast. The focus is on WebSphere Application Server Version 5.1, but much of the information applies to other versions.

Coverage includes

  • Installing, testing, and managing WebSphere Application Server environments: clustering, security, messaging, integration, and more
  • Deploying and managing key J2EE technologies: JDBC, Connectors, EJB, container managed and message driven beans, transactions, JMS, JavaMail, and more
  • Deploying highly available, scalable multi-node WebSphere Application Server environments: clustering, distributed session management, and edge components
  • Advanced considerations: working with Java Management Extensions, caching, and much more
  • Performance-tuning tools
  • Troubleshooting
  • Leveraging key WebSphere deployment and administration tools: ANT, wsadmin, Admin Console, and the Application Server Toolkit
  • Advanced discussions of J2EE and architectural concepts you need to deploy successfully—with practical examples

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Roland Barcia is a Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM's Software Services for WebSphere, and he specializes in helping enterprise clients implement WebSphere, J2EE, and Web services solutions.

Bill Hines is a Certified Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM's Software Services for WebSphere. His expertise includes installation, configuration, tuning, dynacache, security, troubleshooting, and design/architecture of enterprise J2EE WebSphere applications.

Tom Alcott is an IBM Consulting I/T Specialist and a member of IBM's World Wide WebSphere technical sales support team, assisting customers in both the United States and abroad.

Keys Botzum is a Senior Consulting I/T Specialist with IBM Software Services for WebSphere. He has over 10 years' experience in large-scale distributed system design and now specializes in security.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press (September 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131468626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131468627
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transition a sysadmin? September 27, 2004
This book is basically a sequel to another recent text, "IBM WebSphere System Administration". Here, Barcia et al focus on the problems involved in deploying a WebSphere application. It may be heavily used, within a large company, say, or exposed to many queries from users coming from anywhere on the Internet. They point out that numerous books exist to aid developers of J2EE applications, but relatively few on how you would then deploy and continually administer those applications. Partly, this imbalance is due to the container-specific nature of the latter texts. As shown here. The book has a comprehensive discussion of how to manage a WebSphere. But relatively little carries over to running JBoss or Oracle's 10g server, for example.

A useful feature of the book is how it can help a regular sysadmin make the transition to being a WebSphere sysadmin. A possible upward career move. The knowledge here is more specialised than that for running a generic AIX or linux cluster. But there is enough overlap in some topics to make it a logical move. For example, the book talks about the WAS network deployment architecture. Essentially, it is for load balancing and redundancy. The natural purview of your sysadmin.

Also, if you're not a sysadmin, but an IT manager facing WebSphere deployment issues, you may want to consider redeploying a sysadmin here. Show her this book and see if she's interested.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for WebSphere Administrators September 16, 2004
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Finally, we have in one reference, all of the important considerations that must be taken into account, when deploying and administering WebSphere applications. The book is based on the deep subject matter expertise of the authors, but more importantly, also on their significant engagement experience over the last 5 years with WebSphere clients. While the book is sufficiently rich in technical detail, so as to appeal to even the most experienced WebSphere administrators, the authors write with an engaging style that can provide knowledge and insight for the most novice of readers. Finally, there is much in the way of J2EE best practice that would well serve J2EE developers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"IBM Websphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration" provides a single reference for your organization's IT staff to design and most importantly, use J2EE applications and technologies.

The most useful concepts learned from this book were how to automate so many tedious processes that are bound to the development and deployment cycle. The text provides a great starting point for understanding surrounding technologies like ANT and wsadmin. Implementing these automated processes has saved time and eliminated errors.

Aside from recommending best practice deployment concepts, the text provides a hefty resource on application server settings as well. This book has been such a blessing in its ability to provide not only the "how" we enable or modify a setting, but also answers the "why" we would want to do such a thing.

Finally, the text does an excellent job conveying information regarding J2EE technologies and advanced server configurations to provide high availability systems, performance increases, and security hardening.

This book is a must have for any enterprise running J2EE architectures and doubly so if you are using IBM Websphere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic tale of J2EE deployment September 17, 2004
By MattO
I laughed, I cried, it's a real page turner. Seriously, if you want to know the best processes and procedures to get your J2EE application into production in a seamless repeatable manner, then this book is required reading. They guys have written the book on WebSphere application deployment, long before this book was published. This book is based on experts in the field. Read, put it on your shelf so you can refer back to it, and don't forget the excellent code samples.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete overview to J2EE development with WebSphere October 3, 2004
This is a comprehensive book which covers every topic from installation, to application design and performance tuning with WebSphere. Their is very little code, a surprising number of screenshots. The text is uniformly architectural, ranging from somewhat in-depth (e.g. the coverage of EJBs), to very in-depth (e.g. the chapter on security).

If you are new to J2EE development and you are looking for an overall field guide to the topic at the architectural level, then this may be the book for you. If you are looking for in-depth coverage of specific topics, like EJBs, deployment, or performance tuning, then you should look for other books that are more in-depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for WAS Systems Administrators June 12, 2006
For individuals working in the systems administrations space for WebSphere Application Server, this book is a must have. Covering most aspects day to day administrations this book explains clearly and concisely the why's and how's of WAS best practice.

It breifly describes the main concepts that a sys admin would encounter and then goes on to discuss the deployment issues around that particular subject. (See coverage section in the editorial review)

One of the most useful aspects of the book is it's attention to the wsadmin scripting utility (and its integration with ANT) that is favoured by most sys admin's but is lacking in good examples even in the info center. Unfortunately all of the scripting is done using JACL (they explain this reasoning in the book) and it would have been nice to have seen some in Jython. (Note that as of v6.1 there is a utility that does a pretty good job of converting JACL scripts to Jython see [...]

Although this book is based on WAS v5 the majority of it's contents is applicable to v6 also so it is certainly worth the purchase. I work with WAS from v4 - v6 and the book has been very useful to me as a WAS specialist.

I should note that I am an IBM employee and as a WAS technical specialist I work with many organisations helping them to implement their WAS environments. I recommend this book to them without reservation and this is high recommendation as we tend to be more critical than most about WAS material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good WebSphere book for advanced using
This is a good book of advanced WebSphere 5 configuration. It is good for reader should have experienced in WAS for a while. I love its Network Deployment segtions.

Published on August 7, 2007 by Anan Tangsattabut
5.0 out of 5 stars Single Most Valuable WebSphere Book I Own
I bought this book in 2004. It really helped me to understand WebSphere and provides a source of "real world" guidelines and recommendations for how to deploy and configure all... Read more
Published on June 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't install the trial version
I preffer to try it in a real life invironment - couldn't install the trial version from the disk to XP, Windows Server 2003 - some eerors; how can I try it? Gave up at some point. Read more
Published on November 15, 2006 by Boris Kontsov
5.0 out of 5 stars very good one
This book is a good one for the people who already have worked with WAS and have got some kind of experince with the WAS. The book explains all aspects of J2EE with WAS.
Published on March 9, 2006 by M. B. Shoushteri
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Deployment details
Its Good book to read for first time users or for reference
Published on October 17, 2005 by Geethavardhan Chakravarthula
5.0 out of 5 stars If only I had it sooner ...
When a book makes me miss my stop on the bus, I know it's a good book. "IBM WebSphere Deployment and Advanced Configuration" is the WebSphere 5 book I have been waiting for. Read more
Published on October 28, 2004 by Jeanne Boyarsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book, very clear, concise and the number of quality figures in this book make all the difference ! Read more
Published on October 20, 2004 by Pradeep Nambiar
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