Thursday, November 1, 2012

Weblogic Server Basic Concepts For Beginners

Weblogic Server Basic Concepts For Beginners 

My this post is specifically for the dummies :), I mean to say the guys having little bit of knowledge or don't have knowledge of weblogic server and really want to study the basics of weblogic server or want to know from where to start to choose this as a technical carrier option.

What is Weblogic Server ? What is the difference between an application server or weblogic server and a web server ? 

Weblogic server is a java j2EE based application server like other application servers exist in the market are websphere, jboss, tomcat etc, java j2EE based means it's completely build on the latest java J2EE standards, and application server you can say a middleware component or software which hosts or runs your applications, middleware because it's exist at the mid layer between front end ( your browser like IE, firefox, chrome etc ) and backend database, like below 


Above architecture means, browser will access your application hosted on application server, and application will contact back end database of rest of the configurations or database related operations.

Apart from application server functionality, it has the capability of a strong web server also. it mean you can used weblogic server as an application server as well as web server just like apache, iis etc.  

So in whole, as a application server you can deploy your java j2ee based applications on weblogic server to get lots of application server benefits and features as well as deploy web applications to use it as a web server also.

Difference between an application server and web server is, A Web server you can say is a computer program or software that serves content, such as Web pages ( static/dynamic ), using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), over the World Wide Web but an application server is much more than serving Static/Dynamic Web pages, It provides Infrastructure or features for large enterprise application like better performance tuning options, advance more secure security options, advance and latest technology supports, maintainability, scalability, high availability etc which a web server doesn't provides. 

From where to start 

Ok once you have knowledge of an application server and on what is weblogic server, you can read from here further.

The very initial thing just like other software's is Installation, BUT  before installation you need to make familiar yourself with few of the basic components, rest it's a sea, you can study, test and implement further but you need to make familiar yourself with below things first - 

1. Installation

BUT before installation make sure to clear your concept on at least below things -

Environment Variable -

1. ORACLE_HOME OR  MW_HOME ( middleware home ) ( earlier called BEA_HOME ) - 

This is the main installation directory for weblogic server, when you will run the installer it will prompt you enter this installation middleware directory ( default is root/Oracle/Middleware like in windows D:\Oracle\Middleware )

2. WL_HOME ( WEBLOGIC HOME or Weblogic Product Directory )

This is called weblogic product directory, it's created under your PRACLE_HOME with folder name according to your weblogic version like wlserver_10.3 for 10.3.x versions ( like D:\Oracle\Middleware\wlserver_10.3 )


1. Jdk / Jrockit
       Read on what is jdk and jrockit

2. Weblogic Domain
       Read what is domain

3. Admin Server & Admin Console
       Read what is admin server and how to access admin console

4. Managed Server
       Read what is managed server

5. Cluster
       Read what is cluster and cluster benefits

6. Machine
       Read what is a machine

7. Node Manager
      Read what is node manager and benefits of node manager

8. Production and Development mode
      What is development mode and production mode ( NOT difference, you can read it later )

9. Start / Stop Admin Server, Managed Server, Node Manager
        Read how to start and stop admin server, managed server and node manager

Once you are familiar with the above concepts, further basic steps are - 

1. Do Weblogic Installation

After that do below exercise - 

[A] Exercise - Ist

1. Domain creation - In development mode ( Without Managed server, only with Admin server )
2. Start Admin Server
3. Access Admin Console
4. Create managed server from Admin Console

[B] Exercise - 2nd

1. Domain creation - In production mode with managed server, cluster, machine
2. create cluster, machine from console
3. Node Manager start / stop, configuration

So, all total as below 

Read here more on same

Stay tune for further updates.....

Tag : weblogic server tutorial for beginners


  1. really it's too much helpful ........

  2. Great description of topics…I have read many topics here all are very good….For knowing internal mechanism of Weblogic server methods, class and objects please visit Weblogic Server Training

  3. how to know the installed Weblogic server version detiails....

  4. @Smiely - see my this post

  5. i did not get cammand java weblogic.version ,another one with java -cp{weblogic.jar_file path} weblogic.version works ,
    thank you,....

  6. Hi Mukesh,

    How can I download the weblogic server installation in my pc(please suggest)



  7. hi mukesh

    i forgot my admin console password how to get same user name password . reply me


    1. Hi Mukesh
      try this

  8. how can i download weblogic server software for unix based

  9. Hi Mukesh,

    Am new to weblogic server. Am using unix +weblogic in my office. want to do some handson from home. How can i practice with windows system

  10. hi mukesh is weblogic a good career option