Test 000-317: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0, Core Administration
This test consists of eight sections containing a total of 61 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section title reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections.
Section 1 - Architecture (7%)
- Identify the components and services in a WebSphere Application Server and describe how they are related or interact.
- Recommend the appropriate WebSphere Application Server topology (e.g., flexible management, mixed platform topology, network deployment cells).
- Apply appropriate design considerations when architecting topologies to achieve stability, redundancy, and fault tolerance.
- Demonstrate understanding of how client requests traverse various WebSphere Application Server topologies.
Section 2 - Installation, Configuration and Maintenance (13%)
- Perform installation of WebSphere components (e.g., IBM HTTP Server (IHS), IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT), WebSphere Application Server, Fix packs) using the IBM Installation Manager (IIM).
- Illustrate the silent installation process for WebSphere Application Server software and Fix pack installations.
- Create and manage nodes in a WebSphere topology (e.g., flexible management, network deployment cell).
- Manipulate profiles using the Profile Management Tool and manageprofiles command.
- Perform pre-installation verification and troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files, Installation Verification Tool (IVT)).
- Utilize Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0.
- Backup and restore a configuration.
Section 3 - Application Assembly/Deployment and Configuration (18%)
- Use the IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT) to examine and manipulate application EAR files.
- Deploy enterprise applications to a WebSphere Application Server environment.
- Create and manage Business Level Applications (BLA's) (e.g., OSGi applications, Service Component Architecture (SCA) ).
- Automate deployment tasks with scripting.
- Enable and use Monitored Directory for application deployment.
- Configure WebSphere messaging (e.g., SIBus buses, bus members, Messaging Engine (ME), Destinations).
- Configure application resources (e.g., data sources, JNDI, class paths, J2C providers) as required by an enterprise application.
- Demonstrate understanding of the concept and implications of an "enhanced EAR".
- Demonstrate understanding of WebSphere resources scoping.
Section 4 - Administrative Tools (16%)
- Illustrate the usage of the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and its various tools (e.g., command assistance, runtime messages).
- Use the standard set of command line administrative tools (wsadmin, profile management, plugin generation, etc).
- Write, test, and debug scripts by using IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT).
- Use scripting to perform administrative tasks (e.g. scripting libraries, automation, ws_ant, wsadmin).
- Demonstrate understanding of the capabilities of the Job Manager tooling.
- Configure a WebSphere Application Server runtime using properties files.
- Use monitored directory deployment features for application configuration.
- Demonstrate understanding of the Network Deployment administration flow.
Section 5 - Security (13%)
- Configure SSL for clients and servers (e.g., create certificates, populate trust stores,modify certificate expiration).
- Enable security auditing and examine audit data output.
- Configure user repositories (e.g., federated, standalone LDAP, local OS).
- Implement multiple security domains.
- Implement administrative security roles.
- Apply appropriate application and resource security settings (e.g., Java 2 security, SIBus security).
- Configure single sign-on in WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0.
- Configure LTPA trust between cells.
Section 6 - Clustering and Workload Management (8%)
- Configure clusters in a workload management topology.
- Configure an HTTP server and WebSphere Application Server plug-in.
- Configure distributed session management for high availability and failover scenarios.
- Configure messaging engine policies for clustered SIBus members.
- Configure WebSphere proxy servers and WebSphere Edge Components.
Section 7 - Performance Monitoring and Tuning (13%)
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) to monitor WebSphere runtime.
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) Advisor and the Diagnostic Advisor to obtain advice on performance issues.
- Identify the configuration settings (e.g., JVM settings, connection pools, thread pools) that affect WebSphere Application Server performance.
- Use appropriate tools to tune, test and analyze performance parameters.
- Use the Performance Monitoring Infrastructure (PMI) metrics and poll MBeans for performance data.
- Configure and monitor the WebSphere caching mechanisms.
Section 8 - Problem Determination (11%)
- Enable high performance extensible logging (HPEL) and view HPEL data.
- Configure, review and analyze logs (e.g., First Failure Data Capture (FFDC), system logs, native logs) via the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and command line tools.
- Use administrative tools to trigger heap dumps, javacore dumps, and verbose Garbage Collection (GC).
- Use the IBM Support Assistant to analyze diagnostic data.
- Enable diagnostic tracing of WebSphere runtime components.
- Demonstrate understanding of the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0 XML files and their purpose.
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