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IBM WebSphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration by Roland Barcia, Keys Botzum, Tom Alcott, Bill Hines

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Pluggable Clients

The thin client is quite sufficient for most situations, but it requires the IBM-supported JDK on the client. The pluggable client is used for Windows environments only, due to issues on that platform with JVM availability. Windows has no “native” JVM as the Sun and HP platforms do. The pluggable client option gives WAS customers the option of using a JVM other than IBM's for the Windows platform. The pluggable client is the same as the thin client, but it does not come with its own JVM. It is required that the Sun JVM is installed to use the pluggable client application, which makes this particular client type much more lightweight than a J2EE or thin client application in terms of the packaging needed to install the application ...

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