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Home > Training > JBoss > JBoss Application Server 5.1 Administration and Clustering (Linux) Training

JBoss Application Server 5.1 Administration and Clustering (Linux) Training

Course#: WA1828

This course teaches the deployment and administration of web applications to a JBoss Application Server 5.0 and 5.1 environment. This course concentrates on providing best-practice solutions to handle common problems that occur in a JBoss environment so students will have a high-level of skill with regard to JBoss administration. Configuring a cluster of multiple JBoss servers is also covered extensively.

This class covers both the unsupported open source product (JBoss Application Server) and the supported platform available from JBoss/RedHat (JBoss Enterprise Application Platform). This class covers both so no matter which type of JBoss environment you have this course is right for you.

Since JBoss is a product of RedHat, one of the most popular Linux distributions, we have found that most JBoss clients run JBoss on Linux. So learning how to administer JBoss in this environment just makes sense. We distribute the environment for the labs as a virtual machine so you DO NOT need to install Linux natively for the training classroom and to further simplify the setup for you.

Our experience has shown that administering JBoss environments is more difficult than other application servers on the market.  This is mainly because most of the JBoss configuration is done by editing XML files and it is difficult to tell which configuration files have been customized and which files are the standard JBoss files.  This course will show you how to more effectively manage JBoss configurations using free tools like Ant and Eclipse. Since syntax errors in configuration files can prevent the JBoss Application Server from even starting you will use XML tools that are part of Eclipse to validate JBoss configuration files to prevent these types of errors. Even though you can administer JBoss with a simple text editor and manually copying files, our experience has shown that using Ant and Eclipse is one way to make administering complex JBoss environments easier and our course is designed to pass this knowledge on to you.

  • Installing and Configuring JBoss Application Server
  • Installing Java EE Enterprise Applications
  • Java EE Components and Services
  • JBoss Application Server Architecture
  • Using Ant and Eclipse to Simplify JBoss Administration
  • JBoss Logging Tools
  • Database Connectivity (JDBC)
  • JBoss Security Configuration
  • JBoss Messaging (JMS)
  • JBoss Web Services
  • Monitoring JBoss Performance
  • JBoss Clustering
  • Integrating JBoss with Apache Web Server
  • Impact of Clustering on Various Services
What you will learn

After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Install JBoss Application Server
  • Install and configure Java EE applications
  • Use various tools to solve several types of problems
  • Establish best-practice procedures for maintaining JBoss configurations
  • Configure various application resources
  • Modify logging properties of JBoss Application Server
  • Configure JBoss Security
  • Administer the environment using the web-based Admin Console or command line tools
  • Monitor JBoss performance
  • Use various techniques to create a more robust environment and avoid common problems
  • Maintain a cluster of JBoss Application Servers

Webmasters and System Administrators who install, configure, and maintain Java EE Applications on JBoss Application Server v5.x.


The student should have a familiarity with basic Linux operational skills like running commands from a command prompt and networking. Although not required, familiarity with web-based applications, web servers, and Java is suggested.


This course contains extensive hands-on labs. Rather than simply “walking through” the various features of JBoss these exercises are designed to enhance the educational experience. There is additional information and tips provided within the context of the labs that reinforce topics presented in lectures and focus on other aspects that can only be discussed while a student performs certain tasks.

Skill Level



Five days.


Outline of WA1828 JBoss Application Server 5.1 Administration and Clustering (Linux) Training

Chapter 1 - JBoss Introduction

  • Goals of Enterprise Applications
  • What is Java?
  • What is Java EE?
  • The Java EE Specifications
  • Role of Application Server
  • What is a Servlet?
  • Servlet Execution
  • What is a JSP?
  • JSP Code Sample
  • What is an EJB?
  • EJB Types
  • EJB Examples
  • Model-View-Controller Architecture
  • MVC – An Example
  • JBoss Family
  • JBoss Application Server
  • Relation to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Differences Between JBoss AS and JBoss EAP
  • JBoss Support and Documentation
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 2 - What's New in JBoss Application Server v5.x

  • JBoss History (or "What Took So Long?")
  • Project Structure
  • Microcontainer
  • Deployers
  • Changes You Will Notice
  • JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
  • Java EE 5 Certification
  • New Administration Console
  • Using Java 6
  • Directory Structure Changes
  • New Configurations
  • JBoss Messaging
  • ServiceBindingManager
  • Using JBoss 5.x With Eclipse
  • JBoss Seam
  • Alternatives to JBoss
  • Summary


Chapter 3 - Installing JBoss

  • Installation Prerequisites
  • Java Version
  • JBoss Installation
  • JBoss Installer
  • JBoss Installer
  • Starting and Stopping JBoss
  • Network Binding Behavior
  • JBoss Admin Consoles - JMX
  • JBoss Admin Consoles - Web Console
  • JBoss Admin Consoles - Administration Console
  • JBoss Configurations
  • JBoss Configurations
  • Issues in Managing JBoss Configurations
  • Updating JBoss Version
  • Other Common Components
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 4 - Java EE Overview for Administrators

  • Java EE Components
  • Java EE Vendor Specifications
  • Containers
  • Java EE Blueprint
  • Services
  • JDBC
  • Data Sources
  • Java Naming and Directory Interface
  • Java Message Service
  • JavaMail
  • Java EE Connector Architecture
  • Java Transaction API
  • Security
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Application Server Architecture
  • Java EE Application Structure
  • EAR File
  • What are Modules?
  • Java EE Deployment Descriptors
  • Web Module
  • EJB Module
  • Client Module
  • JBoss Deployment Descriptors
  • Code Annotations
  • JBoss Default EJB Deployment
  • JBoss Application Deployment
  • Updating an Application
  • Applications in Administration Console
  • Summary


Chapter 5 - Using Ant and Eclipse to Simplify JBoss Administration

  • Ant
  • Sample Ant buildfile
  • Common Ant Tasks
  • Eclipse
  • Eclipse
  • Managing JBoss Configuration Files with Eclipse
  • XML in Eclipse
  • Ant Features in Eclipse
  • Exporting JBoss Configurations
  • File Versioning with Eclipse
  • Perspectives and Views
  • Eclipse Tips
  • Using Ant and Eclipse to Simplify JBoss Configuration
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 6 - Connecting to a Database

  • What is JDBC?
  • JDBC Driver
  • Typical JDBC Use
  • Problems to Address
  • Data Source Architecture
  • JDBC Data Sources
  • Typical Use of Data Source
  • JPA and Data Source
  • Hypersonic Database
  • Examining the Hypersonic Database
  • Types of JBoss Data Sources
  • Adding JDBC Drivers
  • Adding JDBC Drivers
  • Configure Data Source
  • Configure Data Source
  • Common Data Source Properties
  • Common Data Source Properties
  • Connection Pool Properties
  • Connection Pool Properties
  • Monitor Connection Pool
  • Data Source Failover
  • Managing Datasources in the Administration Console
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 7 - JBoss Logging

  • Log4j
  • Configuring Log4j in JBoss
  • Log Output
  • Standard Appenders
  • Appender Example
  • Log Categories
  • Log Categories
  • Category Example
  • Appender References
  • Logging Code
  • Adjusting Log Threshold
  • Adjusting Log Threshold from the Consoles
  • Common Tasks for Log4j
  • Logging in JBoss EAP Production Configuration
  • HTTP Access Logs
  • JBoss HTTP Access Log
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 8 - JNDI & Naming Services

  • Naming Service
  • Phone Number Example
  • Objects in Namespace
  • What is JNDI?
  • Using JNDI
  • NameNotFoundException
  • JNDI References
  • JNDI References
  • JNDI References
  • JNDI Binding in JBoss
  • JNDI Binding in JBoss
  • JNDIView MBean
  • JNDIView MBean
  • Binding JNDI References
  • Binding JNDI References
  • Summary


Chapter 9 - JBoss Internal Architecture

  • JMX Intro
  • JBoss Microcontainer
  • POJO Services
  • Defining Custom JBoss Services
  • JBoss "Bootstrapping"
  • Deployers
  • Invokers and Remoting
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 10 - JMS Messaging

  • Messaging Intro
  • Messaging Example
  • Messaging Components
  • Messaging Types
  • JMS (Java Messaging Service)
  • JMS Resources
  • Message Driven Beans (MDB)
  • JBoss Messaging
  • JBoss Messaging
  • Differences with JBossMQ
  • Configuring JMS
  • Configuring JMS
  • MDB Destinations
  • Sucker Password
  • Summary


Chapter 11 - Monitoring and Tuning JBoss

  • Monitoring Tools
  • JBoss Consoles
  • MBean Attributes
  • Live Graphs and Snapshots
  • Monitors
  • Monitor Configuration
  • Email Monitor Configuration
  • Command Line Queries
  • Common Performance Tuning
  • JBoss Web Thread Pools
  • Summary


Chapter 12 - Java Memory Management

  • Java Heap Space
  • Heap Size Limits
  • Default Size Limits
  • Garbage Collection Basics
  • Allocation Failure (AF)
  • Free Space Threshold
  • Garbage Collection Mechanism
  • GC Performance Improvements
  • Generational Garbage Collection
  • Thread Local Heap (TLH)
  • Memory Tuning Goals
  • Steady State Heap Size
  • Analyzing Steady State Behavior
  • Effect of Initial Heap Size on GC
  • Optimizing GC Duration
  • Summary


Chapter 13 - Sun HotSpot 6.0 JDK Memory Management

  • Generational GC
  • Sizing the Generations
  • Heap Growth and Shrinkage
  • Client and Server JVM Modes
  • GC Collector Option
  • GC Ergonomics
  • Summary


Chapter 14 - Java EE Security in JBoss

  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Challenge Mechanism
  • Java EE Security Roles
  • Java EE Security Roles
  • JBoss Security Domain
  • JBoss Security Domain
  • Login Modules
  • Using a Database for Authentication
  • Using a Database for Authentication
  • Using an LDAP Server
  • Using an LDAP Server
  • Chaining Multiple Login Modules
  • Chaining Multiple Login Modules - Example
  • Stacking Login Modules
  • Stacking Login Modules
  • Stacking Login Modules - Example
  • Hashed Passwords
  • Testing Security
  • Testing Security
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 15 - JBoss Security

  • Securing JBoss Configurations
  • Security of Administrative Applications
  • Securing the JMX Console
  • Securing the Administration Console
  • Securing the Web Console
  • Securing the JBoss Web Service Management Application
  • Securing JBoss Invokers
  • Security Differences with JBoss EAP
  • Providing Security for Binary Commands
  • Encrypting Data Source Passwords
  • Encrypting Data Source Passwords
  • Digital Certificates
  • Creating Self-Signed Certificate
  • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
  • Enabling SSL on JBoss Web Container
  • Summary


Chapter 16 - Introduction to Web Services

  • A Conceptual Look at Services
  • Defining Services
  • Service Communication Analogy
  • Three Key Service Questions
  • Connecting the Dots
  • SOA – Runtime Implementation
  • What is a Web Service?
  • Enterprise Assets as Services
  • Advantages of Web Services
  • Web Service Business Models
  • Web Service Business Models
  • Binding via SOAP
  • SOAP in Protocol Stack
  • SOAP Structure
  • Interface via WSDL
  • WSDL Structure
  • Locating a Service
  • UDDI Overview
  • UDDI Terminology
  • UDDI Structure
  • WS-I Overview
  • WS-I Deliverables
  • JBoss Web Service Deployment
  • Routing Web Service Requests
  • Routing Web Service Requests
  • Writing Portable Web Service Clients for JBoss
  • JBoss @WebServiceRef Customization
  • JBoss @WebServiceRef Customization
  • JBoss Web Service Tools
  • JBoss Web Service Tools
  • Reference


Chapter 17 - Overview of Clustered Architecture

  • Clusters
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Horizontal Scaling
  • Vertical Scaling
  • Vertical Scaling
  • Clustering Terminology
  • Clustering in JBoss
  • Clustering in JBoss
  • Running Multiple Instances of JBoss on Single Machine
  • Running Multiple Instances of JBoss on Single Machine
  • Running Multiple Instances of JBoss on Single Machine
  • Running Multiple Instances of JBoss on Single Machine
  • Adding JBoss Instances to a Cluster
  • Adding JBoss Instances to a Cluster
  • Clusters on the Same Network
  • Viewing JBoss Cluster Information
  • Summary


Chapter 18 - JGroups Network Communication

  • Introduction to JGroups
  • Introduction to JGroups
  • Group Coordinator
  • Joining the Group
  • JGroups Layering
  • Sample JGroups Layers
  • Transport Protocols
  • Network Impact
  • Discovery Protocols
  • Discovery Protocols
  • Merging Groups
  • Failure Detection Protocols
  • Group Membership Service
  • State Transfer
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 19 - Clustered Deployment

  • Deployment Options
  • Regular Deployment
  • HA-Singleton Deployment
  • Farming Deployment
  • Farming Deployment
  • Issues of Farm Deployment
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 20 - Load Balancing with Apache and mod_jk

  • Role of Web Server
  • Role of Web Server
  • Supported Web Servers
  • Using Apache with JBoss
  • Configuring mod_jk
  • Adding mod_jk Module
  • Configure mod_jk
  • Configure mod_jk
  • Configure
  • mod_jk Load Balancing
  • Example
  • Configure
  • Configure JBoss
  • Apache mod_jk Status
  • Enabling Apache mod_jk Status
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 21 - Distributed Applications

  • Application State
  • Distributed Failover
  • HTTP Session State Replication
  • JBossCache
  • JBoss Cache Configuration
  • Utilizing Session Replication
  • Clustered Session EJBs
  • Clustering Stateless Session Beans (EJB 3.x)
  • Clustering Stateful Session Beans (EJB 3.x)
  • Clustering Stateless Session Beans (EJB 2.x)
  • Clustering Stateful Session Beans (EJB 2.x)
  • Problems Deploying to “default” Configuration
  • Summary
  • Reference


Chapter 22 - Hibernate JPA Caching

  • Need for Caching
  • Factors Involved in Caching
  • Using Hibernate to Cache JPA Entities
  • Types of Hibernate JPA Cached Data
  • Steps to Configure Hibernate Second Level Cache
  • Decide JBoss Cache Configuration
  • Standard JBoss Cache Configurations
  • Configure JPA Persistence Caching Properties
  • Sample persistence.xml with Hibernate Caching
  • Configure JPA Entities to Allow Caching
  • Configure JPA Queries to Allow Caching
  • Tuning Cache Eviction
  • JBoss Cache EvictionRegionConfig
  • Summary


Chapter 23 - Clustered Services

  • Introduction
  • Clustered Services
  • Clustered JBoss Messaging
  • Assign a Unique ServerPeerID
  • Configure Clustered JBoss Messaging
  • Configure Clustered JBoss Messaging
  • Clustered JBoss Messaging Destinations
  • Clustered JNDI Services
  • Clustered JNDI Services
  • HA-JNDI Clients
  • Access HA-JNDI in Java Code
  • Access HA-JNDI in Java Code
  • Access HA-JNDI by Modifying File
  • Properties in File
  • Properties in File
  • HA-JNDI With EJBs
  • Summary


Chapter 24 - Rolling Out JBoss to Production

  • Securing Management Functions
  • Removing Hypersonic
  • Configuring JBoss with Firewalls
  • Configuring JBoss with Firewalls
  • Setting a Root Web Application
  • Summary


Chapter 25 - JBoss Operations Network

  • JBoss Operations Network
  • JBoss ON Features
  • JBoss ON Architecture
  • JBoss ON Server
  • JBoss ON Server
  • JBoss ON Agent
  • JBoss ON Agent
  • Supported Platforms
  • JBoss ON Console
  • JBoss ON Console
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard
  • Browse Resources
  • Browse Resources
  • Resource Detail
  • Monitoring
  • Monitoring
  • Metric Summary
  • Metric Detail Chart
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • Control
  • Control
  • Configuration
  • Alerts
  • Alerts
  • Console Users
  • Command Line
  • Summary
  • Reference
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