Obtaining a Reference to the MBean Server

The under-the-hood implementation of the MBean server in the RI is com.sun.management.jmx.MBeanServerImpl, but this class should never be instantiated directly. Instead, the RI provides a factory class called MBeanServerFactory that contains various static methods that allow you to obtain a reference to the MBean server. In this section, we will describe each of those static methods and give examples of how to use them. Example 6-1 is an abbreviated version of the MBeanServerFactory class.

Example 6-1. The static methods of MBeanServerFactory

package javax.management;
// . . .
public class MBeanServerFactory { 
// . . .
  public static MBeanServer createMBeanServer (  ) {
    // . . .
  }
  
  public static MBeanServer createMBeanServer (String domain)  {
    // . . .
  }
  
  public static MBeanServer newMBeanServer (  ) {
    // . . .
  }
  
  public static MBeanServer newMBeanServer (String domain)  {
    // . . .
  }
 
  public synchronized static ArrayList findMBeanServer (String AgentId) {
    // . . .
  }
  
  public static void releaseMBeanServer (MBeanServer mbeanServer) {
    // . . .
  }
  
// . . .
}

There are six static methods on MBeanServerFactory, as shown in Example 6-1. These methods allow you to create an instance, find one or more instances, and release a reference to an instance of an MBean server.

Creating the MBean Server

If no MBean server instance exists (we’ll discuss how to find that out later), there are four static methods that allow you to create one. The first two, overloads ...

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