Websphere Product Family Overview

  • Websphere Application server overview and architecture
  • Need of Application Server and its components
  • Differences between Versions 7.0, 8.0 & 8.5
  • Product Packaging-Base, Express and ND
  • Introduction to Profiles
  • Standalone and ND Architecture
  • WAS versions, Webserver and its Versions
  • Load Balancer and its uses
  • Websphere Products and its versions

Was Installation And Uninstallation

  • H/W and S/W prerequisites
  • Installation using silent, graphical mode in LINUX and WINDOWS
  • Installation verification
  • Creating Profiles using GUI, Silent and Command Mode
  • Enhancements in V7.0, V8.0 & 8.5
  • WAS directory structure, and Backup
  • Uninstall the WAS, Http Server and Plugin
  • Differences in WAS 7.0, 8.0 and 8.5

Administrative Console

  • Starting Admin Console (AC) and Console areas, preferences and Filters
  • AC navigation tree
  • AC Login, Help, Navigation tree
  • Adding and Removing new objects, Starting and stopping the server instances
  • Backup and restore the configuration
  • Administrative Commands. Managing Generic servers, node groups and core groups
  • Administrative console in a cell topology

Federation And Synchronization

  • Need of Federation and Federation of nodes to DMGR
  • Types of Federation, Advantages of ND architecture over standalone
  • Synchronization concept and types
  • Commands to Start/Stop/Sync nodes
  • Understanding the concepts of Node, Node agent, and Cell
  • Managed and Unmanaged Nodes

Application Deployment

  • EAR, WAR, JAR, RAR – Install and uninstall
  • Application configuration, Managing application, starting & stopping an application
  • Types of deployment (update,hot,wasdmin)
  • Application configuration options
  • Identifying context root and forming URL
  • Accessing the application from browser
  • Concept of Virtual host and types
  • Advanced options in WAS 8.0 and WAS 8.5
  • Business level applications and Deployment descriptor types

Webserver And Plugin

  • Installing and uninstalling Webserver, start and stop the Webserver in different ways
  • Various Configuration files in IHS
  • Introduction to Plugin
  • Managed and Unmanaged Webservers
  • Generate and propagate plugin
  • Configuring IHS to Websphere
  • Dynamic application reloads
  • Other Webservers – iPlanet, MS –IIS
  • Various Webserver logfiles
  • Managing Webserver plugin properties

Clustering And High Availability

  • Concepts of cluster and types, Horizontal & Vertical Clustering
  • Creating cluster and adding members
  • Work Load Management (WLM)
  • Install an application in cluster, and Session affinity & persistence
  • Replication Domains, Failover
  • Configuring Virtual hosts and host aliases
  • Distributed server Configuration, and High availability overview
  • Backup cluster and request routing


  • JDBC configuration
  • Creating JDBC provider
  • Creating a data source
  • Connecting an application to DB
  • JNDI details and overview
  • Class loaders in JNDI, creating J2C authentication alias

Websphere Message

  • Introduction of messaging, Configuration of queues, topics, SIB, Message engine
  • Connection factories, topics and destinations
  • SIB
  • Adding BUS members
  • Creating messaging engine, and introduction to Websphere MQ
  • Distributed Queuing Mechanism


  • Security Overview, Authentication and Authorization, Registries
  • Configuring global security
  • LDAP types and configuration
  • Enabling SSL at Application and Webserver level
  • Creating SD and AAG and Other User registries
  • Certificates and key management
  • Creating the users and groups and assigning a role
  • Java2, J2EE and CSIV2 securities
  • Difference B/W signer and personal certificates and ordering the certificates from CA. Keystore and Truststore files
  • Bus security

Performance Monitoring And Performance Tuning

  • Monitor application server performance
  • Need for Performance tuning & TPV – Viewer, Interfaces and Modules
  • Enabling PMI, data collection
  • Configuring external monitoring tools
  • Various performance issues in real time
  • Performance Advisors, and WAS Dynamic Cache

Problem Determination

  • Different log files, Server logs, HTTP server logs and Plugin logs
  • Configuring Log files and setting log levels
  • Understanding error codes and logfiles
  • Enable and Disable TRACE
  • Generating IBM Heap dump and Thread Dump and JAVA core
  • Hung thread detection
  • Overview on Heap and Thread Dump Analyzer
  • Connection Pool Properties, Increasing the threads and Heap memory
  • Opening PMR

Introduction To Linux And Was Installation In Linux

  • WAS on different O/S
  • Mostly used LINUX commands
  • Linux Installation and Challenges
  • Overview of Other flavours of UNIX

WS Admin And Scripting

  • Invoking wsadmin
  • wsadmin objects (AdminControl, AdminConfig, AdminTask, Help)
  • wsadmin Vs Admin console
  • Examples of real time scripts used in production

Migration And Patching

  • Applying fixes, IBM fix pack central
  • Migration of WAS V7.0 to V8.0 & V8.5 and Migration Wizard in Websphere

Real time Project and R/T Production Tickets Examples

  • Demonstrate all the issues that frequently occur in the production
  • Demonstrate the change management, and examples of changes to WAS configuration in Production

Overview On Various Other Tools Used in real time

  • Siteminder overview and configuration
  • WILY Introscope
  • Control-M and Autosys Schedulers
  • Various Change Management tools
  • Various ticketing tools
  • Putty, Putty CM, Winscp
  • Day to Day real time issues in production
  • Examples of configuration changes in Production and Non-Production Environments

Interview Questions And Telephonic Interview Assistance

  • FAQs on day to day topics
  • Weekly Mock interviews
  • Certification Assistance for V7. And V8.0
  • Resume Preparation and telephonic interview assistance