Some documents linked from this information roadmap were created for previous releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server products. The documents are included here because the information applies to and is useful for WebSphere Application Server Version 8.5.
Understand the overall purpose, capabilities, and new features of WebSphere Application Server Version 8.5 products.
Plan and implement test, staging, and production environments. Many available components help you tailor the application serving environment to fit your needs and your infrastructure. IBM consultants are available to assist.
Find out how to install the product and establish application serving capability in new and existing environments.
Migrating is copying the configuration from a previous release of this product into a new release. Application migration is included here. Coexisting is running a new release of a WebSphere Application Server product on the same machine at the same time as you run an earlier release, or running two installations of the same release of a WebSphere Application Server product on the same machine at the same time. Interoperating is exchanging data between two coexisting product installations.
Find information about setting up your application serving environment.
The following series of IBM developerWorks articles apply to system administration.
Run system administration commands and scripts to manage servers and applications.
The Liberty profile is a highly composable, fast to start, dynamic application server runtime environment.
Various developerWorks articles on web services that were written for Version 7 apply to Version 8.5 as well:
The capabilities provided by the Feature Pack for Service Component Architecture (SCA) are included in WebSphere Application Server Version 8, so the following articles apply to Version 8.5:
Package code components into modules that can be deployed onto an application server. Tools that provide an integrated development environment make assembly easier.
Install an application on an application server and address any dependencies and resource needs so that users can access the application.
The product offers samples that demonstrate common enterprise application tasks. Many samples also provide instructions for deployment and coding examples. The samples are provided with the product or are available for download from the Samples information center.
Monitor servers and applications to assess dimensions such as the response times perceived by users, the basic health of the systems that participate in an end-to-end user request, and the resource usage of applications.
Various developerWorks articles on messaging apply to Version 8.5:
Several developerWorks articles provide information about using the WebSphere Application Server security infrastructure. Publications written for Version 7.0 also apply to Version 8.5.
Understand and analyze performance data, troubleshoot performance problems, develop applications that perform better, and tune many aspects of the application serving environment.
Depending on the offering of WebSphere Application Server that you are using, there could be a number of different components installed. When a problem occurs, you must determine the scope of the problem and which components are involved. To help you do this, the resources in this section provide information about troubleshooting problems with WebSphere Application Server and its components.
The resources in this section provide information about training and education for WebSphere Application Server products.
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