Deployment Tools

WebLogic provides several tools to configure and deploy J2EE applications and modules. WebLogic Builder is one such graphical tool that allows you to generate and modify the deployment descriptors of J2EE applications. It can even deploy applications to a single WebLogic instance. However, its primary role is in packaging J2EE applications because its deployment options are rudimentary. For this reason, we won’t consider WebLogic Builder any further. Instead, we look at how to use the Administration Console to deploy J2EE components to multiple WebLogic instances and/or clusters. In addition, WebLogic provides a command-line deployer tool, which mimics the deployment capabilities of the Administration Console and more.

Administration Console

The Administration Console lets you deploy, redeploy, and undeploy J2EE applications and modules. Expand the Deployments node from the left pane of the Administration Console. Here, you can select from one of the following nodes: Applications, EJB Modules, Web Application Modules, Connector Modules, and Startup & Shutdown. If you click one of these nodes, you’ll find the “Deploy a new ...” option on the right pane, which enables you to deploy a new application or module. For instance, if you’ve chosen the Web Applications node, then from the right pane you can select the “Deploy a new Web Application Module” option to deploy a new web application.

Subsequent deployment screens let you choose an EAR (enterprise application), ...

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