Introduction to IBM Websphere Certificate

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Duration: 20 Hours

The course is designed for preparing certification exam (Test 377).  The test consists of eight sections containing a total of approximately 54 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections. All those sections will be discussed in this course in detail.  It also includes hands-on labs.

Section 1 - Architecture (11%)

A. Discuss the relationships between IBM WebSphere Application Server, V7.0and the application components (e.g., browser, HTTP server, plug-in, firewall, database servers, WebSphere MQ, load balancing, ip spraying, etc.)
B. Evaluate the design considerations of IBM WebSphere Application Server, V7.0packaging and installation in an enterprise environment (e.g., LDAP, database servers, Service Integration Bus Technology (SIB), etc.)
C. Articulate the various components of IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, V7.0runtime architecture
D. Describe workload management and failover strategies using IBM WebSphere Application Server, V7.0High Availability Manager

Section 2 - Installation/Configuration of Application Server (13%)

A. Identify installation options and determine the desired configuration (e.g., silent install, required/desired plug-ins etc.)
B. Install WebSphere Application Server and create profiles
C. Verify the installation (e.g., ivt, verification using sample (snoop and/or hitcount)
D. Troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files)

Section 3 - Application Assembly and Deployment and Server Resource Configuration (11%)

A. Describe the name service management of WebSphere Application Server (JNDI)
B. Objective Removed
C. Use Application Server Toolkit (AST) for packaging J2EE applications, including Enhanced Ear Files
D. RAD AD, Fine Grained Application Updates and Rollout Update
E. Define and map security roles (e.g., J2EE security)
F. Define JDBC providers and data sources (e.g., resource scoping)
G. Configure J2C resource adapters, connection factories (resource scoping) and Message Driven Bean Activation Spec

Section 4 - Security (11%)

A. Implement security policies (e.g., authentication and authorization (using different security registeries), etc.)
B. Protect WebSphere resources
C. Define and implement WebSphere administrative security
D. Configure WebSphere plug-in to use SSL

Section 5 - Workload Management/Scalability/Failover (13%)

A. Federate nodes (including custom profiles)
B. Create clusters and cluster members
C. Evaluate session state failover options (memory-to-memory, database persistence)
D. Create and configures DRS (Data Replication Service) replication domains

Section 6 - Maintenance and Performance Tuning (19%)

A. Manage application configurations (e.g., application bindings, tune HTTP session configuration parameters such as timeout value, persistence, etc.)
B. Perform WebSphere backup/restore and Archive Configuration tasks
C. Monitor size of logs/files and backup/purge as needed
D. Manage the plug-in configuration file (e.g., regenerate, edit, propagate, etc.)
E. Tune performance of WebSphere Application Server (e.g., configure caching, queuing and pooling parameters, tune JVM heap size, etc.)
F. Use Integrated Tivoli Performance Viewer/Runtime Advisor to gather information about resources and analyze results
G. Tune data source configuration (e.g., connection pooling, timeouts, etc.)
H. Configure class loader parameters

Section 7 - Problem Determination Applications (15%)

A. Configure, review and analyze logs (e.g., web server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, V7.0, etc.)
B. Use Log Analyzer tool to identify problems
C. Use trace facility (e.g., activating, selecting criteria, starting/stopping, JRAS, etc.)
D. Filter and review console messages
E. Use First Failure Data Capture (FFDC) Tool
F. Use the JNDI dumpNameSpace utility
G. Perform troubleshooting tasks (e.g., thread dump, JVM core dump, and remote debugging, etc.)

Section 8 - Systems Administration Tasks (*covers one time administrative tasks) (7%)

A. Perform cell administration (e.g., deployment manager, federate nodes; create clusters etc.)
B. Perform administrative console and wsadmin tasks
C. Configure WebSphere JMS providers

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