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Home > Training > WebSphere Portal 6.1 > WebSphere Portal 6.1 Administration and Deployment Training

WebSphere Portal 6.1 Administration and Deployment Training

Course#: WA1684

This course teaches the operational tasks involved in maintaining a WebSphere Portal Server environment. This course focuses specifically on the advanced configuration required to support a cluster of WebSphere Portal servers. Rather than simply working with a basic installation throughout the entire course, students are shown how to accomplish the tasks that will be required in a production-scale WebSphere Portal deployment. Students will initially work separately so they become familiar with administrative tasks and then will work together to create a horizontal Portal cluster.

Objectives
 

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan for a portal installation
  • Install portal, including silent installation
  • Create a customized look and feel
  • Install new portlet applications
  • Configure Portal composite applications
  • Add portlets to pages and change page layout
  • Configure security using LDAP
  • Migrate portal configuration databases to an external database
  • Resolve most common problems
  • Perform basic performance tuning
  • Create multiple virtual portals
  • Use Web Content Management to maintain the web site
Topics
 
  • Introduction to WebSphere Portal, key concepts and benefits
  • WebSphere Portal Server installation
  • Portal configuration utilities
  • Portal troubleshooting
  • Portal security authentication
  • Portal page management
  • Portlet administration
  • Portlet resource security
  • Composite application management
  • Managing web content
  • Portal search configuration
  • Portal look and feel customization
  • Portal server clustering
  • Portal performance tuning
  • Managing multiple portal environments
  • Virtual portals
Audience
 

This is a course for administrators who are responsible for installing and maintaining a WebSphere Portal Server based web site.

Prerequisites
 

Prior experience with WebSphere Application Server administration is required.

Student may take the following course to gain experience with WebSphere Application Server 6.1 administration.

WA1561 WebSphere Application Server v6.1 (Network Deployment Edition) Administration
Duration
  Five days.

Outline of WA1684 WebSphere Portal 6.1 Administration and Deployment Training

Chapter 1. Introduction to WebSphere Portal Server

 
  • What is a Portal
  • An Example of a WebSphere Portal Site
  • General Portal Architecture
  • WebSphere Portal Products
  • A Typical Network Architecture for WebSphere Portal
  • WebSphere Portal Server
  • WebSphere Portal Server Architecture
  • Page Aggregation Modules
  • Portlet
  • WebSphere Portal Built-in Portlets
  • Portlet Application
  • Portlet Mode and State
  • WebSphere Portal Information
  • Java Portlet Specification v1.0 (JSR-168)
  • Java Portlet Specification v2.0 (JSR-286)
  • Portlet Security Overview
  • Portal Access Control
  • Portal User Management
  • Credential Vault Service
  • Best Practices For Development
  • Summary
  • Review Questions
  • Review Answers
 

Chapter 2. Installing WebSphere Portal Server

 
  • Installing WPS
  • WPS Components
  • Optional Component: Database
  • Optional Component: LDAP Server
  • Optional Component: WebSphere Process Server
  • Optional Component: HTTP Server
  • Hardware Requirements
  • Operating Systems
  • Supported Databases
  • Supported LDAP Servers
  • Supported Web Servers
  • Preparing the OS
  • Preparing the OS
  • Installation Source
  • Running the Install Program
  • Simple Install Example
  • Install Complete
  • Test
  • Starting Portal Server
  • Accessing The Home Page
  • The Portal Home Page
  • The Portal Administration Page
  • Stopping Portal Server
  • Getting Server Status
  • Looking At Log Files
  • SystemOut.log
  • Summary
 

Chapter 3. Configuration for Production and Scalability

 
  • Installation Architectures
  • Development Environment
  • Functional Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • Production Environment
  • Clustering Considerations
  • Configuration Utilities
  • ConfigEngine Utility
  • ANT Script File
  • How ConfigEngine Uses ANT
  • More on Properties
  • Property Precedence
  • What Can You Do with ConfigEngine?
  • Migrating Database
  • Database Domains
  • Migrate to DB2
  • Migrate to Oracle
  • Summary
 

Chapter 4. Problem Determination

 
  • Problem Determination
  • Types of Problems
  • Problem Isolation
  • Steps to Follow
  • HTTP Server Access Log
  • HTTP Server Error Log
  • HTTP Server Start Up Error
  • WebSphere Specific Notes
  • Tools for Resolving WebSphere Problems
  • Admin Console Messages
  • Configuration Problems
  • Runtime Messages
  • Message Details
  • Important Log Files
  • Log Types
  • Log Detail Levels
  • Configuring Log Files
  • Viewing Logs
  • Log File Format
  • Configuring Tracing
  • Reading Java Exceptions
  • Debugging
  • IBM Tools
  • Application Server Does Not Start
  • High CPU Usage
  • Application Server Hanging  
  • Portal Server Installation Logs
  • Portal Server Runtime Logs
  • Portal Server Tracing
  • Summary
 

Chapter 5. WebSphere Portal Security - Authentication

 
  • Authentication
  • Authentication
  • LDAP Security Basics
  • LDAP Data Structure
  • Example
  • Distinguished Name (DN)
  • DN and RDN Example
  • Searching
  • User Registries
  • Portal User Registry
  • Alternate Security Registries
  • The ConfigWizard
  • The ConfigWizard
  • When to Configure Security
  • Enabling Security with Standalone User Registry
  • Property Extension Database
  • Configure a Property Extension Database
  • Adding Properties to the Property Extension Database
  • Summary
 

Chapter 6. Portal Page Hierarchy

 
  • Portlets
  • Portlets In Action
  • Portlet Catalog
  • Administrative Portlets
  • Utility Portlets
  • Application Portlets
  • Elements of a Portal Site
  • Page and Label
  • Page/Label Hierarchy
  • Creating Pages and Labels
  • Setting Page Properties
  • Layout Of A Page
  • Layout Of A Page
  • Adding Portlets To A Page
  • Page Locking
  • Private Page
  • URL Mapping
  • URL Mapping Portlet
  • URL
  • Behavior of the Back Button
  • Configuring Anchors
  • Delayed Cleanup Of Deleted Portal Pages
  • Deleting Orphaned Data
 

Chapter 7. Portlet Administration

 
  • Terminologies
  • Portlet
  • Portlet Modes
  • Example of Using Edit Mode
  • Portlet Window States
  • Portlet API
  • Portlet Deployment Descriptors
  • Installing a Portlet Web Module
  • How is a Portlet Web Module Installed?
  • Deploying Portlets Within an EAR
  • Managing Portlet Web Modules
  • Managing Portlet Applications
  • Managing Portlets
  • Adding a Portlet To a Page
  • Configuring A Portlet
  • Copying A Portlet Application
  • Copy A Portlet
  • Removing A Portlet From A Page
  • Uninstalling a Portlet Application
  • Portlet Caching
  • Cache Scope
  • Enabling Portlet Caching
 

Chapter 8. Portal Resource Security

 
  • Key Concepts
  • Authorization
  • How Does Authorization Work?
  • Roles
  • Role Membership
  • More on Authorization
  • Resources
  • Common Access Rights
  • Delegated Administration
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • Setting Resource Permissions
  • Resource Permissions GUI
 

Chapter 9. Portal Credential Vault

 
  • Credential Vault
  • Credential
  • Components of Credential Vault
  • Structure of the Credential Vault
  • Slot Scope
  • Slot Scope
  • Credential Access Level
  • Single Sign-on Scenario
  • Vault Administration
 

Chapter 10. Portal Attribute-Based Configuration

 
  • Global Settings
  • Portal Configuration Services
  • The WAS Admin Console
  • Using the WAS Admin Console
  • Changing A Parameter
  • Configuring Various Services
  • Credential Vault Service
  • External Access Control Service
  • Auditing Service
  • Enabling Auditing Service
  • Localizer Service
  • Persistent Session State
  • Persistent Session State Options
  • Session State Level
  • HTTP Proxy
  • Unique Names
  • Custom Unique Names Portlet
 

Chapter 11. Composite Applications

 
  • What Is A Composite Application?
  • What Is A Component?
  • Components and Applications
  • Benefits Of Composite Applications
  • Template
  • Enabling Composite Application Support
  • Composite Application Design and Use
  • Creating A Template
  • Configuring A Template
  • Edit the Template Layout
  • Creating the Application
  • Configuring the Application
  • Using the Application
  • Protecting Applications and Templates
  • Defining Roles
  • Roles Portlet
  • Assign Application Members
  • Summary
 

Chapter 12. Integrating External Content

 
  • Importing Content
  • Web Page Portlet
  • Web Clipping Portlet
  • Configuring the Web Clipping Portlet
  • Clipping Options
  • Clipping Type
  • HTML Clipping
  • Add the Clipping
  • RSS Portlet
  • Configure the RSS Portlet
  • Add the RSS Portlet
  • Document Management Changes
  • Third Party Portlets
 

Chapter 13. Web Content Management Basics

 
  • Introduction
  • Key Features
  • Main Components of WCM
  • How Does it Work?
  • Enabling WCM
  • Accessing WCM Authoring Tools
  • Using the WCM Tool
  • Authoring Template
  • Creating Authoring Template
  • Presentation Template
  • Corporate News Presentation Template
  • Presentation Template XML Markup
  • Site and Site Area
  • Example Site and Site Area
  • Content
  • Content Example
  • Creating Content
  • Security and Workflow of Content
  • Components
  • Showing a Component from an Authoring Template
  • Rendering Content in a Web Site
  • The Web Content Viewer Portlet
  • Summary
 

Chapter 14. Customizing the Look and Feel

 
  • Customization Basics
  • Theme
  • Screen
  • The Home Screen
  • Skin
  • Container
  • How is a Page Rendered?
  • Theme Customizer Tool
  • Using the Theme Customizer  
  • Portal Designer in RAD
  • Manual Customization Technique
  • Theme Resources
  • Creating a Theme
  • Customizing the New Theme
  • Creating a Skin
  • Skins And Layouts
  • Customizing a Skin
  • Client-side Aggregation Theme
 

Chapter 15. Portlet Administration Automation

 
  • Introduction to xmlaccess
  • Running xmlaccess
  • Example Input File
  • Basic Syntax
  • XML Input Structure
  • Export Example
  • Deleting Users and Groups
  • Detailed XML Script Reference
  • Portal Resources Represented in XML
  • Object ID
  • Looking up Objects
  • Symbolic Reference
  • Symbolic Reference Example
  • Additional Examples - Create Users
  • Additional Examples - Deploy Theme
  • Additional Examples - Deploy Portlet
  • Guidelines
  • Portal Scripting Interface - Introduction
  • Portal Scripting Interface – Benefits
  • Portal Scripting Interface – Usage
  • Using Portal Scripting Interface in a Cluster
  • JACL
  • JACL Grammar
  • Script Beans
  • Script Beans - $Portal
  • Script Beans - $Content
  • Script Beans - $Layout
  • Script Beans - $Portlet
  • Script Beans - $Look
  • Profile Scripts
  • Example – Add Pages
  • Running the Example
  • Summary
 

Chapter 16. Virtual Portals and Realms

 
  • What are Virtual Portals?
  • Characteristics of Virtual Portals
  • Virtual Portals
  • Virtual Portals – Scoped Resources
  • Creating Virtual Portals
  • Pre-configuring Virtual Portals
  • Virtual Portals - Actions
  • Virtual Portal User Population
  • Leveraging Realms with Virtual Portals
 

Chapter 17. Portal Server Clustering

 
  • What is Clustering?
  • Sample Clustered Topology
  • Basic Steps
  • Install WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
  • Configure the Deployment Manager
  • Configure Primary Node to Communicate with DM
  • Federate and Cluster the Primary Node
  • Configure External Web Server with Portal Cluster
  • Configure WCM Content through External Web Server
  • Add Additional Members: Horizontal Clustering
  • Add Additional Members: Vertical Clustering
  • Session Failover
  • Configure Session Failover
  • Start and Validate the Cluster
  • Installing a Portlet Web Module
  • Unfederating a Node
 

Chapter 18. Portal Promotion From Staging to Production

 
  • What is ReleaseBuilder?
  • High Level Concepts
  • Preparing a Staging Server
  • Making a Release in Staging
  • Exporting Shared Configurations
  • Computing the Differences
  • Applying Changes in Production
  • Caveats
 

Chapter 19. Overview of WebSphere Architecture

 
  • WebSphere Platform
  • WebSphere Features
  • WebSphere Editions
  • Role of Network Deployment Software
  • IBM HTTP Server
  • WebSphere Profiles
  • Creating Profiles
  • Benefits of Profiles
  • Product Files Directories
  • Profile Directories
  • Cell/Node/Server
  • Config Directory
  • Network Deployment Cell
  • Deployment Manager and Node Agents
  • Network Deployment Profiles
  • Configuration File Synchronization
  • Synchronization Problems
  • Firewall Issues
  • Federating Nodes
  • Federating an Application Server Profile
  • Federating a Custom Profile
  • Federating Nodes
  • Web Server Integration
  • Benefit of a Web Server
  • IBM HTTP Server Installation
  • Web Server Plug-in
  • Web Servers in WebSphere
  • Mapping Applications to Web Servers
  • Plug-in Configuration
  • Workload Management (WLM) Basics
  • Cluster
  • Vertical Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • "Mixed" Scaling
  • Reference
  • Summary
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