Monday, February 14, 2011

WebLogic Admin Console

WebLogic Admin Console

The WebLogic Admin Console is a web-based, user interface used to configure and control a set of WebLogic servers or clusters (i.e. a "domain"). In any logical group of WebLogic servers there must exist one admin server, which hosts the WebLogic Admin Console application and manages the associated configuration files.

WebLogic Administrators will use the Administration Console for a number of tasks, including:
  • Starting and stopping WebLogic servers or entire clusters.
  • Configuring server parameters, security, database connections and deployed applications.
  • Viewing server status, health and metrics.
Note: It is not strictly necessary to use the Weblogic Admin Console to perform these tasks, as they can be scripted using WLST (the WebLogic Scripting Tool).

Accessing the Admin Console

WebLogic Admin Console Url: http://hostname:port/console.

To access the WebLogic Administration Console, assuming the admin server has been started, goto the above url. Where hostname and port is the listen address/port specified when creating the WebLogic domain. Eg. http://localhost:7001/console.

Evolution of the WebLogic Admin Console

The Weblogic Admin Console has changed considerably in the time since it was first included in the WebLogic product. Early WebLogic versions (prior to version 6) did not have an administration console. Its initial form was fairly consistent from version 6 through 8 (example below).

With the introduction of WebLogic 9, the Administration Console was completely redesigned. Now using WebLogic Portal technologies it was more customizable and featured better configuration control. A common complaint from users moving to the newer version was its slower performance and need for more memory.

The latest versions of the WebLogic Admin Console have been rebranded (BEA was aquired by Oracle) and a number of usability improvements have been made.

Learning to use the Administration Console

Oracle provides a number of introductry articles in the WebLogic documentation (see links below). There are also a number of WebLogic Administration courses offered by Oracle and training vendors.

Disabling the Admin Console

By default the WebLogic Admin Console is enabled. For security reasons, you may require to disable it. This can be done by executing the following WLST script (WebLogic 8.1 SP6 or later).

connect("t3://hostname:port", "username","password")

Note: You will need to restart the admin server for this to take effect.


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