Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review: Oracle Weblogic Server 11g Administration Handbook By Sam Alapati


Here is my first book review Oracle Weblogic Server 11g Administration Handbook by Sam R. Alapati.

Where to get the book:
You can buy the book from following suppliers
Oracle Weblogic Server is a huge subject and this book covers a lot about it from installation, configuration, managing, deployment to securing topics.
Book is almost 500 pages and has lot of detailed topic and sometimes it overwhelm the reader but that is the requirement of the handbook it has be to be in detailed.

Structure of the book:
Topics are mostly explained in detail first then provided step by step instructions to configure with screen shots.

Chapter wise Review:

Chapter 1: Installing Weblogic Server and using Management Tools
First chapter will take you through a journey with weblogic terminologies then installation, un-installation, re-instillation, upgrade of the product later it touches different sections of weblogic administrator console as well as using WLST (Weblogic scripting tool).

Chapter 2: Administering Weblogic Server Instances
This chapter starts with setting up weblogic environment, node manager configuration including how to setup node manager to run as windows service was a treat. The real deal of this chapter is it covers various ways to start and stop weblogic server instances in a great detail.

Chapter 3: Creating and Configuring Weblogic Server Domains
As title said this chapter covers creating and configuration of weblogic server domains. Author showed us various techniques to create a domain templates using command line as well as GUI covering Admin, Managed Servers with clustering. Later part of the chapter explains about configuring the environment including persistent store, HTTP server, weblogic proxy plug-in, virtual host and backing up the domain.

Chapter 4: Configuring Naming, Connections, Transactions and Messaging
With this chapter you moved into the day to day practical stuff for weblogic. Chapter covers JNDI, directory, data sources, JMS and java mail configurations.

Chapter 5: Configuring Weblogic Server Environment
This chapter touches topics with thread management and work managers mostly used for load distribution in weblogic environment.

Chapter 6: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Weblogic Server
This chapter explains through different diagnostic options weblogic provides, It covers JRockit flight control and new weblogic monitoring dashboard console. Later part of the expert explain troubleshooting with weblogic administration console, logging, thread and memory management. 

Chapter 7: Working with Weblogic Server Clusters
Weblogic clusters is the most important feature for real world projects and this chapter did a justice with it, as the title says it covers the clusters architectures, configuration, deployments and management. later part of the chapter covers weblogic load balancing and failover capabilities

Chapter 8: Understanding Weblogic Server Application Deployment
This chapter covers application deployments starts with application types. deployment tools like weblogic.Deployer, Admin console, WLST, wldeploy Ant. The chapter also covers the deployment plans and monitoring applications as well.

Chapter 9: Managing Weblogic Server Security
Weblogic security is a deep sea and with this chapter get ready to take a scuba dive. Chapter covers from basic info to security realm, providers, users, groups, roles, policies and at the end author explain in detail configuring SSL to trust between different weblogic domains and chapter ends with weblogic best practices.

Chapter 10: Weblogic Server Performance Tuning
The book ends with the encore weblogic performance tuning in detail like thread management, JVMs, garbage collections, persistent stores, JDBC datasource pools, JMS and little intro about Oracle Coherence.

About the Author:
Sam R. Alapati is an Oracle ACE and has written many books on Oracle technologies on different topics and have many years of experience in the industry. He blogs at http://www.miroconsulting.com/blog/ and have twitter account http://twitter.com/miroconsulting

Final Thoughts:
I think the book shares a valuable knowledge for professional who wants to get in to weblogic server admin chair as well as consultants, developer who likes to get familiar with typical concepts of weblogic world.

I have this is in my shelf and this book helped me to tune my current weblogic environment and i definitely this a recommend read and i hope you will get this too

Have a nice day,
Zeeshan Baig

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