WebSphere Application Server cluster administration tools

You use the following tools to install, configure, and administer IBM® WebSphere® Application Server clusters.

This information assumes that you have completed the required procedures for installing a highly available clustered configuration. For more information, refer to New installation road map (high availability clustered topology).

WebSphere Application Server administrative console
The WebSphere Application Server administrative console is a Web interface that provides configuration, operation, and administration capabilities. You can use the administrative console to start and stop an application, deploy an application, configure resources, and implement security configurations.
Use this tool to create a cluster and configure its members, nodes, and processes. If you are interested in using scripts to accomplish these tasks, see the IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment documentation:
WebSphere Application Server Launchpad
The WebSphere Application Server Launchpad identifies components on the WebSphere Application Server product media (disk or download) that you can install. It is the single point of reference for installing the WebSphere Application Server environment, an integrated platform that contains an application server, a Web server, a set of Web development tools, and additional supporting software and documentation.
Use this tool to install WebSphere Application Server and a front-end Web server if you are creating a clustered WebSphere Application Server configuration.
WebSphere Edge Components Launchpad
The WebSphere Application Server Edge Components Launchpad contains a software load balancer. You can use this tool to front an IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment cluster instead of using the IBM HTTP Server.

For information about WebSphere Edge Components, Version 8.5, refer to: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wasinfo/v8r5/topic/com.ibm.websphere.edge.doc/lb/welcome_edge.html

Profile Management tool
The Profile Management tool performs the initial setup of WebSphere Application Server cells and nodes. The Profile Management tool creates batch jobs, scripts, and data files that you can use to do WebSphere Application Server customization tasks.
Use this tool to create a deployment manager profile and a custom profile.
InfoSphere® Information Server installation program
The InfoSphere Information Server installation program detects the deployment manager process that is installed as a prerequisite on your computer and prompts you for the information that it needs to run a cluster installation.
Use this tool during the installation process to specify the WebSphere Application Server directory location, deployment manager profile, and the host name and port number of the front-end Web server or load balancer.
For more information about WebSphere Application Server, see the WebSphere Application Server documentation: