WebSphere Portal Version 6 Enterprise Scale Deployment Best Practices

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Published 30 March 2007, updated 01 September 2008

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ISBN-10: 0738486027
ISBN-13: 9780738486024
IBM Form #: SG24-7387-00
(482 pages)

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Authors: John Bergland, Jerry Dancy, Ravinder Dhaliwal, Krishnan Hariharan, Barbara Koch, Greg Presayzen, Meredith Spitalnik, Hunter Tweed, Sherwood Yao


IBM® WebSphere® Portal Version 6.0 is an enterprise portal solution with the complete portal services necessary to deliver a single point of personalized interaction to applications, content, business processes, and people for a unified user experience. WebSphere Portal provides the following:
- Enhanced Web content management, portal workflow, electronic forms integration and collaboration to help deliver improved operational efficiency and productivity.
- Powerful new tools and application templates, enabling the quick building of business services and applications that help accelerate application and content deployment, which innovatively deliver on the promise of a service oriented architecture (SOA).
- A responsive and reliable portal platform from a leader in the enterprise portal market.

This IBM book introduces new key technical features in WebSphere Portal Version 6.0 and discusses how these new features have a strong bearing on best practices for deploying WebSphere Portal. Specifically, it focuses on the following areas:

- Planning for deployment with an overview of several typical deployment scenarios.
- High-availability deployment strategies by installing IBM WebSphere Portal V6.0 in a clustered deployment/Network Deployment configuration.
- Configuring WebSphere Portal Version 6 to support multiple different LDAP directories.
- Considerations and implementation details for configuring Portal to share data between different database domains.
- Strategies for tuning and testing your WebSphere Portal 6 environment.
- Configuration Management—procedures necessary to move your WebSphere Portal environment through pre-production release phases and deploy into the Production environment.
- Best practice approaches to problem determination and troubleshooting.
- Available tools for deployment automation, reducing the manual steps required by the portal server installation and configuration process.
- Discussion of how to use the IBM WebSphere Portal update installer application to install interim or cumulative fixes and fix packs in WebSphere Portal Version 6.0.
- A discussion of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and what this means within the context of Portal.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Planning for your Portal 6.0 high- availability deployment
Chapter 3. Different deployment scenarios: building clustered environments
Chapter 4. Multiple LDAP directory support
Chapter 5. Database domains
Chapter 6. Strategies for tuning and testing
Chapter 7. Configuration management: moving between environments
Chapter 8. Troubleshooting and monitoring
Appendix A. Deployment automation options
Appendix B. Portal 6 Update Installer
Appendix C. Services Oriented Architecture and Portal

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