IBM Lotus Wiki: Managing WebSphere Portal 6.1 Environments

Published 08 May 2009

Authors: John Bergland, Fernanda Gomes, Carrie Hu, Corinne Letilley, Ivan Portilla, Matthew Stokes, Rahul Vyas


This IBM Technote links to a wiki that discusses best practices for building and managing the WebSphere Portal v. 6.1 Environment. The wiki provides high level information about how to set up a WebSphere Portal v. 6.1 Environment, including a development, staging, and production environment. Within the context of each of these environments, we cover topics related to how to move changes through the system and successfully manage releases of a WebSphere Portal 6.1 site.


IBM® Lotus® and IBM Redbooks® publications have partnered together to create a wiki that discusses specific topics relevant to managing your WebSphere Portal 6.1 environments.

Click here to view the IBM Lotus Wiki: Managing Portal 6.1 Environments

The following topics are covered in the wiki:

    1. Overview of how to set up a WebSphere Portal environment system
        1. High level discussion of the steps to set up a WebSphere Portal 6.1 environment
        2. An introduction to the infrastructure used for the sample company River Bend Tea and Coffee Company, including a diagram of the environment and a discussion about why we made specific decisions to build the environment this way
    2. Different kinds of WebSphere Portal content: Pages, portlets, and documents
        1. A conceptual overview of the different types of WebSphere Portal content and the relationship between these elements
        2. An overview of the components and entities that make up a complete Portal Solution Release
        3. A discussion of how components and entities within a solution release are moved between environments
    3. Connecting testing and staging systems and recommendations on handling concurrent development
        1. A discussion about which test and staging systems are needed and how are they connected
        2. An introduction to best practices and recommendations for organizing development teams and handling concurrent development efforts on the test and staging systems
        3. A specific case scenario illustrating how to use IBM Rational Application Developer v. 7.5 to move development artifacts from IBM Rational Application Developer v. 7.5 to a WebSphere Portal 6.1 environment
    4. XMLaccess, Release Builder, and Site Management: When and how to use these tools
        1. How to apply the tools to the flow of data through the development, test, staging, and production phases
        2. A description of each of the transfer tools: What they are and in which cases they are appropriate for use
        3. Specific case examples: How to do the transfer by using each of the specific tools
    5. Syndication
        1. A specific syndication example as it applies to the River Bend Tea and Coffee Company WebSphere Portal v. 6.1 environment
    6. A fast path for quick fixes
        1. An overview of the WebSphere Portal product maintenance strategy and how it applies to a WebSphere Portal infrastructure, which includes several different WebSphere Portal environments from development through production
        2. Considerations for the application of both emergency WebSphere Portal product interim fixes and urgent customer application fixes
    7. Backup and restore procedures
        1. Best practices and specific methods to follow when performing backup and restore procedures

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