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IBM Certified System Administrator - WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5

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 
000-318: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.5 Core Administration

WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration (WA585G)

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the IBM Installation Manager and its role in installing, configuring, and maintaining WebSphere application servers and components both locally and remotely.
  • Perform pre-installation verification and troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files, Installation Verification Tool (IVT)).
  • Illustrate the silent installation process for the WebSphere Application Server software and fix pack installations.
  • Create and manage profiles.
  • Create and manage nodes in a WebSphere topology (e.g., flexible management, network deployment cell).
  • Backup and restore a configuration.
  • Demonstrate understanding of administrative task required to take an application deployed to the Liberty profile and deploy it on a WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment instance.

Application Management (Assembly, Deployment and Configuration)

  • Explain the structure of enterprise application.
  • Deploy enterprise applications to a WebSphere Application Server environment both manually and using scripts.
  • Describe the differences between enterprise applications and business level applications (OSGi, SCA).
  • Configure application resources (e.g., data sources, JNDI, class paths, J2C providers) as required by an enterprise application.
  • Use the IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT) or WebSphere Developer Tools (WDT) to examine and manipulate application EAR files.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the WebSphere batch components and deploy batch applications.

Administrative Tools

  • 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, plug-in generation, etc).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities of the Job Manager tooling.
  • Use scripting to perform administrative tasks (e.g. scripting libraries, automation, ws_ant, wsadmin).
  • Write, test, and debug scripts by using IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT), Rational Application Developer or Eclipse.
  • Configure a WebSphere Application Server runtime using properties files.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools plug-in.


  • Configure user repositories (e.g., federated, standalone LDAP, local OS).
  • Configure SSL for clients and servers (e.g., create certificates, populate trust stores, modify certificate expiration).
  • Enable security auditing and examine audit data output.
  • Discuss the implications of resource security settings.
  • Implement multiple security domains.
  • Apply administrative security roles.
  • Configure LTPA and SSO.
  • Harden WebSphere Application Server security.

Clustering and Workload Management

  • Configure the HTTP server and the WebSphere Application Server plug-in.
  • Configure clusters in a workload management topology.
  • Configure distributed session management for high availability and failover scenarios.
  • Configure messaging engine policies for clustered service integration bus (SIBus) members.
  • Configure high availability using core groups.

Intelligent Management and Resiliency

  • Explain the dynamic cluster elasticity feature and its possible configurations and variations and the usage scenarios.
  • Create and configure On Demand Routers (ODR) and associated service policies to enable the dynamic operations.
  • Use health policies and actions to monitor and react to changing performance in the environment.
  • Configure and maintain application editions.
  • Demonstrate the resiliency features of messaging.

Performance Monitoring and Tuning

  • Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) to monitor the WebSphere Application Server 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 Application Server caching mechanisms.

Problem Determination

  • Enable high performance extensible logging (HPEL) and view HPEL data.
  • Enable Cross Component Trace (XCT) and view trace data in XCT Log Viewer.
  • Use administrative tools to trigger and analyze heap dumps, javacore dumps, and verbose Garbage Collection (GC).
  • Configure diagnostic tracing.
  • Use the IBM Support Assistant to analyze diagnostic data or submit data to IBM Support.
  • 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.