Network Deployment (Distributed operating systems), v8.0 > Reference > Sets

Resource adapters collection

Use this panel to perform the following actions on stand-alone resource adapters: view the list of installed resource adapters, install additional resource adapters, create additional configurations of already installed resource adapters and delete resource adapter configurations.

A resource adapter can be provided as a stand-alone adapter or as part of an application, in which case the resource adapter is referred to as an embedded adapter. Refer to related task, Installing resource adapters within applications, for more information on embedded resource adapters. A resource adapter is an implementation of the Java EE Connector Architecture (JCA) specification. Enterprise applications can use a resource adapter to access resources outside of the application server including relational databases like DB2, online transaction processing (OLTP) systems like CICS, and enterprise information system (EIS) like SAP and PeopleSoft. A resource adapter can provide an EIS with the ability to communicate with message-driven beans (MDB) that are configured on the server. Resource adapters are provided by IBM or third party vendors. A resource adapter implementation is provided in a resource adapter archive file; this file has an extension of .rar. From the console...

    Resources > Resource Adapters > Resource adapters.

To display a list of all of the resource adapters that are defined for a specific scope, select that scope.

To view the stand-alone resource adapters that are provided with the application server, select the Show built-in resources checkbox in the Preferences section.

To view additional information about, or to change the settings of a specific resource adapter, click the resource adapter name.

To perform an action on a specific resource adapter, select the checkbox beside the resource adapter name and click the appropriate button detailed below.

Install RAR

Install a resource archive (RAR).

We can upload a RAR file from the local file system, or specify a RAR file on a remote file system. The RAR file must be installed at the node level.


Create a copy of the selected resource archive which is already installed on the application server.

To create a copy of an installed resource adapter, specify a server for the scope, and click New. We cannot create a copy of a resource adapter at the node scope. To install a new resource adapter, click Install RAR.


Delete the selected resource adapter.

Update RAR

Update the selected resource adapter. Update a resource adapter archive (RAR) file when you determine that a resource adapter, or a set of resource adapters, needs to be updated with a different version or implementation.

Different versions or implementations of resource adapters can include different settings, therefore, updating your adapter might be beneficial if you require a specific set of configuration options. We can update the resource adapter for all of the nodes in a cell or all the nodes in a cluster. If some of your nodes are earlier than Version 7.0, the RAR update is not supported until those nodes are migrated to v7.0 or later.


Name of the resource adapter.


Specifies a text description of the resource adapter.

This description is a free-form text string to describe the resource adapter and its purpose.


Level at which this resource adapter is visible. For general information, read about admin console scope settings.

Some considerations that you should keep in mind for this particular panel are:

Relational resource adapters and JCA
Install resource adapters embedded within applications
Install a resource adapter archive


Administrative console preference settings
Administrative console scope settings
Resource adapter settings
Advanced resource adapter properties


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