You’ve installed OEID 3 on your Windows machine and successfully bludgeoned your way through the install of WebLogic. At least enough to have working domains for OES or Studio. So now your Start Menu is full of new tools, just what do they all do?
Oracle WebLogic (folder)
Online Documentation – This is obvious enough. Comprehensive searchable help is available on all manner of topics related to WebLogic and its administration. The shortcut points at a local .url file that you could redirect in the event your server is not connected to the internet.
QuickStart – A bit redundant, this presents a console with shortcuts to three other existing WebLogic shortcuts. These being the “Configuration Wizard”, the “Domain Upgrade Wizard” and the previously described “Online Documentation”.
Smart Update – A tool to manage patches to your WebLogic installation. The patches are by default stored in the folder: C:\Oracle\Middleware\utils\bsu\cache_dir. This latest version of this tool (ver. 3.3.0) won’t actually download any patches; you have to do that yourself. You can then use this tool to apply those patches. Why do you want this tool? It’s a central utility to organize and apply patches for multiple services.
There’s a silent command batch mode available.
java -jar patch-client-installer330_generic32.jar
Uninstall Oracle WebLogic – Shortcut to the uninstall executable. This will remove WebLogic from your machine.
Oracle WebLogic \ UserProjects
If you’ve run the installation for OES and/or Studio you’ll see folders for each of those domains listed here. Within each folder there are the following three utilities:
Admin Server Console – This is a url to the administrative console for your server name & the port you specified for this domain.
target: http://localhost:7001/console (for example)
Start Admin Server for WebLogic Server Domain – A shortcut to the batch file: ..\bin\startWebLogic.cmd. Some of you may have noticed in the root of each domain folder there’s also a file called “StartWebLogic.cmd”. All lead to the same file in the bin folder. This starts the domain application.
Stop Admin Server – Similar to the Start utility, this is a shortcut to the batch file: ..\stopWebLogic.cmd.
Oracle WebLogic \ WebLogic Server 11gR1
Online Documentation – This is the exact same url & shortcut as in the folder one level up.
Oracle WebLogic \ WebLogic Server 11gR1 \ Tools
Configuration Wizard – This tool allows you to either create a new domain or extend an existing one. You may prefer to run the config.cmd file (same location) through a command prompt. Note that “Extending” also allows you to modify the settings for an installed domain.
Domain Template Builder – Domain Templates allow you define all the settings and operating values for either installing a domain with an application, or to extend an existing domain. This doesn’t change your active installation, it produces a .jar file template based on an existing domain. This package can include installed applications, extra files and admin server settings.
Domain Upgrade Wizard – This utility will upgrade a domain from WebLogic versions 6.1 or higher to the version you’ve installed (presumably 10.3.6).
Node Manager – This shortcut allows you to start up your install of WebLogic, effectively offering an alternative to running WebLogic server as Windows service (in the Administrative Tools Services console) which was optional during installation. You can also use this file to control multiple WebLogic servers that may be distributed across multiple machines, within the file are parameters for %LISTEN_ADDRESS% & %LISTEN_PORT%.
WebLogic Scripting Tool – Provides a command line interface to administering any WebLogic server. Help documentation is included (type the following: help(‘all’)). This provides a mechanism to update settings, manage applications, start and stop services, etc.. Anything you can do through the browser console, however you can also record and replay a series of steps.