Network Deployment (Distributed operating systems), v8.0 > New features

WebSphere Application Server v8.5


See also: WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration and Configuration Guide

System management tools

  1. WebSphere Customization Toolbox (WCT)

    1. Web Server Plug-in Configuration Tool
    2. Profile Management Tool
    3. z/OS Migration Tool

  2. Integrated Solutions Console


    Non-graphical scripting interface that administers WS from a command-line prompt. Uses Bean Scripting Framework (BSF), which supports a variety of scripting languages and can provide remote administration access.

  4. Another Neat Tool (ANT)

    Used for task automation. Create build scripts that compile, package, install, and test applications on WAS.

  5. Custom Administrative applications Develop custom Java applications that use Java Management Extensions based on the WebSphere API.

  6. Command-line utilities Perform administrative tasks, such as starting and stopping the application server and backing up the configuration

    Command-line utilities work on local application servers, nodes, and the deployment manager only.

    The set of administrative tools that you employ ultimately depends on the size and complexity of your runtime environment. The next sections of this publication address the multiple levels of administration in WAS.

New features

  1. Liberty profile

    Lightweight applications runtime. Small footprint. Low overhead. Single, sharable configuration. Useful for developers.

  2. Support for Java 7

    Java 6 is used by default. WAS V8.5 provides optional support for the IBM WebSphere SDK Java Technology Edition V7.0. To use, install IBM WebSphere SDK 7.0 using IBM Installation Manager and then use the managesdk tool to enable it.

  3. WebSphere Batch

    Build batch applications for performing lengthy bulk transaction processing and computation-intensive work.

  4. Monitored directory

    Install, debug, update, and uninstall by dragging applications into the monitored directory. The following application file types are supported:

    • Enterprise archive (EAR)
    • Web archive (WAR)
    • Java archive (JAR)
    • SIP archive (SAR)


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