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Advanced WebSphere Application Server 6.1 Administration Training

This training course is meant for companies maintaining a complex WebSphere based web site. The course provides hands-on practice performing the tasks required in a production WebSphere environment. This course uses WebSphere Network Deployment Edition v6.1 in the labs. The labs use a Linux environment to install and configure WebSphere although configuration in a Windows environment would be similar.

The course covers advanced topics in the area of best practices, work load management (WLM), security, and troubleshooting. After taking this course, students will be able to design a WebSphere based system that is more secure, easier to manage and performs better. Students will also be familiar with some of the new administrative tools that are available with WebSphere v6.1.

In the labs students will gradually build a complex WebSphere environment from scratch. They will take many of the same steps normally taken in a production WebSphere environment.


  • Administrative Best Practices (covered throughout the course)
  • WebSphere Installation Factory
  • Advanced troubleshooting
  • Security (LDAP, Single Sign on, SSL)
  • Work Load Management (WLM)
  • WebSphere High Availability

What you will learn

  After completing this course, the student should be able to:
  • Understand how the WebSphere Installation Factory is used to create a custom installation package including product updates and executable script files.
  • Enable LDAP based security.
  • Enable SSL on all HTTP connections in the WebSphere environment.
  • Run a J2EE application in multiple machines and enable fault tolerance.
  • Configure WebSphere Default Messaging in a Cluster.
  • Configure High Availability policies used by the WebSphere High Availability Manager (HAManager).



The class is meant for WebSphere administrators who are currently maintaining a multi-machine environment running several applications. This course is highly recommended before starting to make any major enhancements to the current infrastructure with the intention to improve its capacity or security.



  Students should have a good understanding of the basic administration aspects of WebSphere Application Server v6.0 or v6.1. The following courses can provide this experience for students who are not familiar with WebSphere v6.x administration:

Students should also have a basic understanding of Linux/Unix as the labs are conducted in a Linux environment. The labs are done in a group so individuals who are not as familiar with Linux or Unix could still rely on others in the group for some of the Linux-specific commands.



  3 days

Outline of Advanced WebSphere Application Server 6.1 Administration Training

Chapter 1. Installation Factory

  • Installation Issues
  • Installation Factory Benefits
  • Custom Installation Package
  • Integrated Install Packages
  • Installation Factory Tools
  • Creating a CIP
  • Creating a CIP
  • Creating a CIP
  • Creating a CIP
  • Profile Customization
  • Internal Documentation
  • Summary

Chapter 2. Overview of WebSphere Architecture

  • WebSphere Platform
  • WebSphere Features
  • 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
  • Config Directory
  • Network Deployment Cell
  • Deployment Manager and Node Agents
  • Network Deployment Profiles
  • Configuration File Synchronization
  • 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

Chapter 3. Security with Federated Repositories

  • Previous User Registry Limitations
  • Federated Repositories
  • Secure by Default
  • Virtual Member Manager (VMM)
  • Virtual Realm
  • Limitations of Federated Repositories
  • Configuring Federated Repositories
  • Adding LDAP Repositories
  • Adding a Base Entry to the Realm
  • Managing Users
  • Leveraging Federated Repositories
  • Summary

Chapter 4. WebSphere SSL Configuration

  • Need for Encryption
  • Public Key Cryptography
  • Certificates
  • Self-Signed Certificates
  • Secure Sockets Layer
  • SSL in WebSphere
  • WebSphere SSL Configuration
  • Automatic Keystore Generation
  • SSL with Web Server Plug-in
  • SSL with LDAP Server
  • Certificate Expiration
  • Summary

Chapter 5. Clusters and Topology

  • Clusters
  • Creating a Cluster
  • Cluster Member Options
  • Cluster Member Options
  • Managing Clusters
  • Mapping Applications to Clusters
  • Cluster Topology Screen
  • Topology
  • Factors Affecting Topology
  • Factors Affecting Topology
  • Coexistence Scenarios
  • Common Topologies
  • All in One
  • Vertical Scaling
  • Server Separation
  • "Mixed" Scaling
  • Web Server Horizontal Scaling
  • Summary

Chapter 6. Workload Management and Application State

  • Types of WLM
  • Web Server WLM
  • Web Module WLM Architecture
  • Web Module WLM Architecture
  • Weighted Routing
  • State Management
  • Server Affinity
  • Weighted Routing with Server Affinity
  • Factors Overriding EJB WLM
  • Problems With Server Affinity
  • Server Affinity With Failover
  • Enabling Server Affinity Failover
  • Enabling Server Affinity Failover
  • Data Replication Service
  • Number of Replicas
  • Replication Security
  • Session Database
  • Session Tuning
  • Distributed Session Tuning
  • Summary

Chapter 7. WebSphere Edge Components

  • Edge Components Overview
  • Load Balancer
  • Load Balancer Clusters
  • Load Balancer Networking
  • High Availability
  • Managers and Advisors
  • Caching Proxy
  • Summary

Chapter 8. WebSphere Default Messaging in a Cluster

  • Default Messaging
  • Service Integration Bus
  • Service Integration Bus
  • Service Integration Bus
  • Service Integration Bus
  • Bus Members
  • Messaging Engine
  • Message Store
  • Destination
  • Message Points
  • Mediations
  • Default Messaging JMS Configuration
  • Creating a Service Integration Bus
  • Adding a Bus Member
  • Bus Member Message Store
  • Add a Destination
  • Default Messaging JMS Provider
  • Relationship Between Messaging Components
  • Messaging High Availability
  • Messaging Scalability
  • HAManager
  • HAManager
  • Core Group
  • Core Group
  • Messaging Engine Core Group Policy
  • Summary

Chapter 9. IBM Support Assistant

  • Source of Errors
  • Support Tools
  • IBM Support Assistant
  • ISA Workbench
  • Customizing the Workbench
  • ISA Preferences
  • Search for Information
  • Case Management
  • Collecting Information
  • Guided Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Manage Service Requests
  • Summary
We regularly offer classes in these and other cities. Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Montreal, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.
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