This intermediate level certification is intended for system administrators who perform the installation, configuration and day-to-day tasks associated with ensuring the smooth, reliable and efficient operation of a WebSphere Application Server runtime environment.
- Basic Java Enterprise Edition 6 knowledge
- Basic Web application architecture and deployments
- Network and operating system security concepts
- Network or operating system administration and problem determination skills
- Understanding of operating systems.
Recommended Training and Required Exam(s)
| Required Exam
||Recommended Training |
|000-317: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0, Core Administration
- WebSphere Application Server V8 Administration for Linux (WA580G)
- WebSphere Application Server V8 Administration for Windows (WA380G)
Skills acquired during recommended training
- Identify the components and services in a WebSphere Application Server and describe how they are related or interact.
- Recommend the appropriate WebSphere Application Server topology (e.g., flexible management, mixed platform topology, network deployment cells).
- Apply appropriate design considerations when architecting topologies to achieve stability, redundancy, and fault tolerance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how client requests traverse various WebSphere Application Server topologies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the administration flow for a network deployment cell.
Installation, Configuration and Maintenance
- Perform installation of WebSphere components (e.g., IBM HTTP Server (IHS), IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT), WebSphere Application Server, Fix packs) using the IBM Installation Manager (IIM).
- Illustrate the silent installation process for WebSphere Application Server software and Fix pack installations.
- Create and manage nodes in a WebSphere topology (e.g., flexible management, network deployment cell).
- Manipulate profiles using the Profile Management Tool and manageprofiles command.
- Perform pre-installation verification and troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files, Installation Verification Tool (IVT)).
- Utilize Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0.
- Backup and restore a configuration.
Application Management (Assembly, Deployment and Configuration)
- Use the IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT) to examine and manipulate application EAR files.
- Deploy enterprise applications to a WebSphere Application Server environment.
- Create and manage Business Level Applications (BLA's) (e.g., OSGi applications, Service Component Architecture (SCA) ).
- Automate deployment tasks with scripting.
- Enable and use Monitored Directory for application deployment.
- Configure WebSphere messaging (e.g., SIBus buses, bus members, Messaging Engine (ME), Destinations).
- Configure application resources (e.g., data sources, JNDI, class paths, J2C providers) as required by an enterprise application.
- Demonstrate understanding of the concept and implications of an "enhanced EAR".
- Demonstrate understanding of WebSphere resources scoping.
- Illustrate the usage of the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and its various tools (e.g., command assistance, runtime messages).
- Use the standard set of command line administrative tools (wsadmin, profile management, plugin generation, etc).
- Write, test, and debug scripts by using IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT).
- Use scripting to perform administrative tasks (e.g. scripting libraries, automation, ws_ant, wsadmin).
- Demonstrate understanding of the capabilities of the Job Manager tooling.
- Configure a WebSphere Application Server runtime using properties files.
- Use monitored directory deployment features for application configuration.
- Demonstrate understanding of the Network Deployment administration flow.
- Configure SSL for clients and servers (e.g., create certificates, populate trust stores,modify certificate expiration).
- Enable security auditing and examine audit data output.
- Configure user repositories (e.g., federated, standalone LDAP, local OS).
- Implement multiple security domains.
- Implement administrative security roles.
- Apply appropriate application and resource security settings (e.g., Java 2 security, SIBus security).
- Configure single sign-on in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0.
- Configure LTPA trust between cells.
Clustering and Workload Management
- Configure clusters in a workload management topology.
- Configure an HTTP server and WebSphere Application Server plug-in.
- Configure distributed session management for high availability and failover scenarios.
- Configure messaging engine policies for clustered SIBus members.
- Configure WebSphere proxy servers and WebSphere Edge Components.
Performance Monitoring and Tuning
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) to monitor WebSphere runtime.
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) Advisor and the Diagnostic Advisor to obtain advice on performance issues.
- Identify the configuration settings (e.g., JVM settings, connection pools, thread pools) that affect WebSphere Application Server performance.
- Use appropriate tools to tune, test and analyze performance parameters.
- Use the Performance Monitoring Infrastructure (PMI) metrics and poll MBeans for performance data.
- Configure and monitor the WebSphere caching mechanisms.
- Enable high performance extensible logging (HPEL) and view HPEL data.
- Configure, review and analyze logs (e.g., First Failure Data Capture (FFDC), system logs, native logs) via the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and command line tools.
- Use administrative tools to trigger heap dumps, javacore dumps, and verbose Garbage Collection (GC).
- Use the IBM Support Assistant to analyze diagnostic data.
- Enable diagnostic tracing of WebSphere runtime components.
- Demonstrate understanding of the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0 XML files and their purpose.