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WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Administration (WA855G)


An updated version of this course is available. For more information, click WebSphere Application Server V9 Administration (WA590G).

This course is also available as self-paced virtual (e-learning) course WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Administration (ZA855G). Please note that this option does not require any travel.

This course teaches you the skills that are needed to install and administer IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5. This release offers users enhanced support for standards, emerging technology, and a choice of development frameworks.

In this course, you learn how to install, configure, and maintain IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 base, Network Deployment (ND), and the Liberty profile. You learn how to deploy enterprise Java applications in a single computer or clustered configuration. In addition, you learn how to work with features of WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, such as IBM Installation Manager, WebSphere Customization Toolbox, security enhancements, Intelligent Management, and centralized installation.

Throughout the course, hands-on exercises and demonstrations reinforce lecture content and give you practical experience with WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5. You complete tasks such as installing and assembling applications, applying problem determination techniques, configuring a clustered environment, and working with fine-grained administrative security. 


  • Relate WebSphere Application Server to the WebSphere family of products
  • Describe the features and standards in WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5
  • Describe the architectural concepts that are related to WebSphere Application Server
  • Install and configure WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5
  • Install and configure IBM HTTP Server (IHS)
  • Assemble and install server-side Java enterprise applications
  • Use WebSphere administrative tools to configure and manage enterprise applications
  • Use wsadmin scripting
  • Configure WebSphere Application Server security
  • Deploy applications in clustered environments
  • View performance information about server and application components
  • Use problem determination tools and log files to troubleshoot problems
  • Configure messaging with the service integration bus
  • Describe Intelligent Management features
  • Describe WebSphere Batch features
  • Describe the Liberty profile
  • Install and configure the Liberty profile


Course Outline

1. Course introduction


2. WebSphere product family overview


3. WebSphere Application Server architecture - stand-alone


4. WebSphere Application Server architecture - federated


5. IBM Installation Manager


6. WebSphere Application Server installation


7. Web server installation

  • Exercise: Installing IBM Installation Manager
  • Exercise: Installing WebSphere Application Server
  • Exercise: Installing IBM HTTP Server


8. WebSphere Application Server administrative console

  • Exercise: Exploring the administrative console


9. Introduction to the PlantsByWebSphere application


10. Application assembly

  • Exercise: Assembling an application


11. Application installation

  • Exercise: Installing an application


12. Problem determination

  • Exercise: Problem determination


13. Introduction to wsadmin and scripting

  • Exercise: Using wsadmin


14. Federating a cell

  • Exercise: Creating a federated cell


15. Workload management

  • Exercise: Clustering and workload management


16. Introduction to WebSphere Messaging

  • Exercise: Configuring the service integration bus


17. Job manager and Centralized Installation Manager


18. Demonstration: Using the job manager


19. Overview of Intelligent Management


20. WebSphere security

  • Exercise: Configuring WebSphere security
  • Exercise: Configuring application security
  • Exercise: Configuring SSL for WebSphere


21. Overview of the Liberty profile

  • Exercise: Working with the Liberty profile


22. Performance monitoring

  • Exercise: Using the performance monitoring tools


23. WebSphere Batch


24. Course summary


This intermediate course is designed for administrators who install, configure, and manage web-based applications on WebSphere Application Server. Web administrators, lead application developers, and application architects can also benefit from this course.

The course is applicable to users running WebSphere Application Server on various platforms including IBM i systems.


You should have:

  • An understanding of basic internet concepts
  • Experience in using a web browser
  • Administrative skills for a web server, such as IBM HTTP Server or Apache
  • Basic operational skills for the Linux operating system



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